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Latest posts by artjak

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.

Weeds to lawn

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:12

Any weed killer should state on the container when you can plant again. Just read the small print

Dinner time

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:02

I think we should all pat ourselves on the back for producing what is probably pretty organic food for people to eat

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:59

 A nice jug and a pickle jar

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:50

Not a bad crop, considering I couldn't water them for the duration.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:48

Wendy, that view is just lovely

Today's stars in my plot (agapanthus not quite out yet) are;

 Heuchera 'Pinot Gris' I love this plant, the leaves are so subtle

 3 perfect cucumbers and they are delicious

Celery blanching

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:44

Last year's crop, I was still harvesting into the new year! I tend to just pull up a plant when I want celery soup

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:40

I have now emptied the potato bag and had a crop of Charlotte spuds. I took some photos of the nest;

 The whitish area at 10.00 is the ghostly remains of a tea bag, the misty area in the middle is hair from the Jack Russell's coat, in the spring I put the hair in a flower pot lying on it's side with a bit of hair; dog's and mine, poking through the hole in the base for the birds to use.

 The underside is old leaves, whether they gathered there naturally, or the Robins brought them there I don't know.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:33

I agree, in the US they have a constant battle with the mossy that spreads Dengue fever, luckily it only moves North about 100 yards a week I think. I believe that there and in parts of Africa they use a spray that changes the surface of the water. It stops them from reproducing.

Here in the Fens, historically, there was a form of malaria and the Fen people grew Opium Poppies to combat the disease.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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Last Post: 10/09/2015 at 21:52

Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Last Post: 11/11/2014 at 10:29

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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Last Post: 20/10/2014 at 16:18

Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

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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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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