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Latest posts by artjak

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:19

I had to do some work on another garden last summer; the gravel was a bit green; so I raked it thoroughly and revealed the cleaner sides. I believe the formation of algea is caused by moisture and sunlight. So if you deprive the chippings of sunlight, the green stuff should die off, then next year you rake it again.

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:14


Gardening with the enemy

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:13


Help!! - new gardener!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:08

We can transfer your pics to the next stage, but they are not getting any bigger. you will need a techy person to help. If no one helps on this thread, there is a thread called (I think) camera 2014?

Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:04

Oh FG, dealing with baurocrats (I can't figure out how to spell it) is a pain in the posterior isn't it? I have spent most of today on Government and private websites and on the phone. Martin's Money Box has a whole thing on Green Deal mythbusters which I found very useful. It seems the best thing is really to run the deal oneself. That means shopping around to find the cheapest 'Assessor'; the guy who came this morning (apart from badly breaking a William the 4th chair because he was wanted a cheque immediately for £299 to pay for an assessor. Even the gov dept for energy said that was excessive; when I refused to give him the cheque on the grounds that I wanted to do some research on the deal he became quite shirty. Have now found an assessor for £150, who is coming on Thursday.

Window boxes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:56

When I lived in London, had a nice big kitchen windowsill and put a plastic trough there, with wire holding it in place attached to eyelets rawlplugged into the brickwork at the side. If I was doing it now, I would make a treated timber surround to hide the plastic

Otherwise, find some nice local person who makes odds and ends for a hobby and ask them to make you one.

Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:53

This isn't strictly gardening, but it is to do with ecology.

I am thinking of getting a new boiler using the Government's 'Green Deal'. This was set up because British houses 'leak' more energy than anyone else's in Europe (in Poland they have TRIPLE glazing!) They will also assess what other things can be done to make the house more energy efficient.

Has anyone else any experience of this? Could really do with some info that doesn't involve a Government Dept., or a plumbing firm

Help!! - new gardener!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:40

Welcome PP, The yellow flowers may be Sailor's buttons; Kerria? But can't see them clearly enough.

mystery indoor tree

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:35

If it is Datura, be cautious as it is pretty toxic.

Pruning Hebes

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:32

 First pic shows how it sits, brooding over the rock garden and second pic gives an idea of he leaf size (excuse my awful finger nails - they are always like that in the gardening season)

Discussions started by artjak

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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Making a potting bench

Any suggestions welcome 
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Gooseberry crop

Best crop ever 
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Massive grass snake

Grass snake in herbaceous border 
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More good guys

Good plant supplier 
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bird nest in potato bag

I have found a bird's nest in a potato grow bag 
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What veg are you growing this year?

What veg? 
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Advice needed on propagation 
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Anyone involved in Government's Green Deal?

Would like feedback info on Green Deal 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 20:12

Pruning Hebes

Is it possible to prune Hebes? 
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Emptying a compost bin

How to empty a bin 
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Anyone ever grown watercress 
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