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Latest posts by artjak

Dinner time

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:43

I became a bit of a star in my neighbourhood as I was giving people small amounts of home grown Apricots! I think I had 40 this year. If I improve my pollination techniques with a fine paint brush, maybe I will get 60 next year! Grown in my lean-to greenhouse

I just love taking produce round to friends and neighbours. In the last week it has been bunches of Sweet Peas (you have to pick them every day for them to keep flowering) and punnets of sweet red dessert gooseberries.

Never planted veggies or fruits - need advice

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:36

I second that

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:34

OL, the cucumbers are Crystal Apple, Mr. Fothergills seeds. The packet says that as they ripen they become deep yellow. I would not like to eat them any more ripe than they are now as the seeds are already quite large.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:29

BM, that is Stock in the jug, the painting behind the Sweet Peas of Phlox dates from, I think, Edwardian times and I'm not quite that old so it isn't one of mine

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:07

I'd love to see a photo of that

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:05

BeausM, the cucumbers taste splendid. Have to catch them youngish or the seeds are quite large I like the fact that they look like goose eggs

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:03

BizzieB, what a lovely pond

Greenhouse Infestation

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:00

They do like dry conditions; one way to tell if your compost heap/bin is too dry, is if you have loads of ants in there.

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:18

I did this with 2 gooseberry bushes. I had not realised how large they might get. Cut them back ruthlessly one Autumn and tied them with wire into the East facing fence; they are doing fine

Greenhouse Infestation

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:15

The ones with wings may be flying ants. Last year I used the yellow sticky fly traps to combat various insects, have not, so far, needed to use them this year. My mother always used boiling water on ants; but you need to find out where their nest is and use it there.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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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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