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Latest posts by artjak

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 10:34

I thought Christine Walkden was splendid, eccentric, enthusiastic and fun. The programme was a very good idea. Can't wait for the next one.

Master Composters need your support

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

Thank you all so much

Master Composters need your support

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:06

Whoops, I missed out a bit.

Master Composters need your support

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 12:02

Oh, shame; I was only sent the email this morning. I'll see what I can do.

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:28

Is the ash purely from wood? Are you putting in lots of outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage from the kitchen?

All the advice above is very good, I see you have a lid; that should keep the heat in. The horse manure could be the best direction for you and if you don't want a shredder, just chop up the twiggy bits with secateurs as you put them in the bin. Sprout stalks are pretty hefty things to compost, I'm afraid I cheat and take them to the green waste at the dump

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:18

Hardware shops from the '50's and '60's, paraffin and garden twine (and people asking for fork handles)

Degree Research

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:10


Master Composters need your support

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:07

As most of you know I have been a Master Composter for some time. We attend events and train people in making compost by various means and diagnose the mistakes they may be making if it isn't working out for them.

For the last 12 years, Resource magazine has been celebrating movers and shakers in Waste and Resources, through a hot 100 based on public votes.

If you wish to vote for us, go to

scroll down the page to 'Newly proposed for 2014' and you will find Volunteer Master Composters.

Many thanks.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 10:54

No Tootles, I don't know her, but looking forward to Monday; she looks like a gardener not a wannabe celeb

What smells, good or bad, evoke memories

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 10:52

Philippa, Bulgari is an expensive brand; but I think their scent is pants.

I didn't like Patchouli even in the 60's. I used to love a rather heavy scent called Faberge. Love Fenjal shower gel, but am a bit allergic to it.

I wish the scent and shower gel companies would just use simple herb smells like rosemary.

Love the scent of Lily of the Valley. I remember getting into a lift when I worked for ITN in the 60's, it was full of suited and booted middle management (male) who had all over-used the after shave; the smell was so 'high-pitched' that my eyes were watering as I got out.

I read an article back in the '90's in New Scientist about gender differences in sense of smell and apparently the musk based scents beloved of woman, about 50% of men can't smell them and most women loathe the very 'high-pitched' citrusy scents that men wear

Discussions started by artjak

What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Last Post: 04/11/2014 at 10:50

Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 20:20

Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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