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Latest posts by artjak

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 16:47

The only problem I've had here in the Fens is not sleeping for 2 nights when the gales were howling around the house. In the morning I expected to find a scene of devastation; one bucket had rolled around the garden, and that was all.

I feel so so sorry for people who have been affected by floods, or had their chimneys blown down, my heart goes out to them.


Posted: 29/12/2013 at 16:40

I agree with KEF, go for the biggest that you have room for. I love my greenhouse; it has changed the way I garden.

What is your most dazzling plant in your garden

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 20:16

At the moment, it is the winter flowering jasmine which I cut back hard in the early summer and it has responded well to that.

Help with London garden for rental

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 20:14

If you are going to be away for some time, you will need a managing agent to organise emergency repairs etc. They will know of gardeners that their agency uses, they will also as part of their contract view the property from time to time, including the garden to make sure it is being looked after.

Talkback: How to winter-prune trees and shrubs

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 10:20

I'm glad you said that Verdun, it gets me out of going out in the next few days to trim my small leylandii hedge. (I inherited it with the house)


Posted: 27/12/2013 at 10:12

NB2, I usually start a fresh compost bin with a shovel of horse manure to ensure the red worms are there, but on my compost course we were told that they always seem to arrive anyway; 'as if by magic'.


Posted: 26/12/2013 at 15:36


Posted: 25/12/2013 at 17:49

I have heard that you must not put citrus waste into a wormery which has brandling or tiger worms (they are striped). I don't think that a small amount of citrus peel would affect the red worms commonly found in compost bins, I frequently put citrus in mine. Sometimes as Tom says, they can get too hot, or perhaps they are breeding; who knows. From time to time a few of mine also make a bid for freedom. A compost bin, unlike a wormery has many, many different small creatures helping the compost process.

help mince pies

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 17:59

Happy Christmas nut, could I have mine with cream please?

Just moved - horrible garden

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 17:57

Welcome Deb, my garden is a bit like Dovefromabove's; I wouldn't have it any other way! The veg garden is south facing, but misses the worst of the mid day sun because of tall trees bordering a nearby field. My lean- to greenhouse is East facing with the short wall facing south and it works fine.

Morning Glory love being East facing. I appreciate that where you are may be colder/snowier? than where I am in the Norfolk Fens, but don't worry; all the advice you need is on this forum from much wiser heads than mine.

Discussions started by artjak


Anyone ever grown watercress 
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Transport needed for flooded gardens

Flooded gardens support really taking off; we need transport relays 
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Cheapish potato planting bags

Reduced price potato bags 
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worst gardening old wives tales

what is the worst mis-information you have been given? 
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Hamburg parsley

Growing info please 
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plant I.D. please

plant in neighbours garden 
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Day out to RHS Hyde Hall

Just some pics that I took 
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Talkback: How to grow celeriac

I'm growing celeriac for the first time this year as I love making celeriac remoulade. Seeing the photos in the 'how to do it' article makes... 
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Last Post: 27/02/2014 at 22:06

Become a Compost Expert

Free training to become a compost master 
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Help for flooded gardens

help for flooded gardens 
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Tibouchina Grandiflora Lepidota

Any info about care 
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Any tips on groing lisianthus 
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Garlic wars!

Garlic cloves are being dug up. 
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email responses

Why don't I get email responses 
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Yellow sticky fly traps

Has anyone made their own? 
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