Latest posts by artjak

Making cement planter

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:28

Also youtube on Supatufa or just tufa...lots of instructive films with recipes.

Winter veg

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:24

I have just sown curly endive (does need blanching - that should be interesting) Kelvedon Wonder peas (ok for Autumn crop) went in about 10 days ago and are already sprouting, plus beetroot, lettuce, and a whole host of other stuff including Spring Onions, some cabbage seeds in the greenhouse, Winter Spinach, Turnips etc.

Depending on what part of the country you are in, I think one should aim for year round veg and that just needs a little research and some Horticultural Fleece.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:13


 The stars at the moment are hollyhocks. all sown from seed spring 2014. I'm not a big fan of red in the garden (too harsh for delicate English light I feel) but the 2nd pic is one vast h/hock plantation from one plant, growing in dry shallow soil, I have to kind of admire it.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:08

I'm thinking of using Sophie Grigson's Courgette Risotto recipe tomorrow. I also have a recipe for Courgette Clafoutis if anyone wants it.

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 15:42


Garden produce recipes

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 15:40

LillyP, It is a slightly adapted recipe from Hugh Fearlessly eats it all


1 or 2 onions (Depends on size of lettuce you are going to use, mine a.t.m. are HUGE)

1 large Cos type lettuce

butter and olive oil

250g fresh or frozen peas

1 or 11/2 litres veg or chicken stock (I use Marigold Bouillon powder)

10 to 15 fresh lovage leaves. (You may get away with dried lovage seeds - not tried that)

Sweat chopped onion in a little oil/butter mix 10-15 mins

add peas, chopped lettuce and stock, simmer 4-6 mins

Remove from heat, add lovage to your taste, blend and then sieve or pass through Mouli Legume (this is a wonderful machine, about £14 at a good kitchen shop; gets rid of stringy bits in runner bean or celery soups)

Bon apetit

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 15:28

Fabulous photos! I really enjoyed the day and it was so lovely to see everyone. Twiglet is a very handsome baby and behaved wonderfully.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:48

Is that a boundary fence or a 'room divider'? It's very stylish.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:47

Fairyg, thank you am v. well. KEF, brilliant news about the compost. Flossie (or Mrs. Barker as she is sometimes known spent the winter in Portugal with friends - can you believe it? A Jack Russell who winters abroad!)

If it stops tipping down with rain I am going to harvest some lettuce and lovage to make soup

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 11:30

Fairyg, I love that clematis

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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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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Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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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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