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Latest posts by artjak

Celery blanching

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:05

I thought that most grow your own celery was 'self blanching' in some mysterious way. Have grown it for three years and it is always quite green, the flavour of home grown is very strong, I tend to use it for soups, but always pass it through a vegetable mill after blending, to get rid of the stringiness.

If you want it blanched, you could try taping across the hole on a large flower pot and up-ending that onto a plant. Hope this helps

Hand shears

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:00


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 15:00

I tend to leave mine for a while, so I can gather seeds. I cut them down when they start to look really awful Someone may come up with a better idea though.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:54

I think lids are the way to go greg

Planting in Dappled shade

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 07:03

Heucheras and there is a huge variety of them.

Talkback: Water butts and hoverflies

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 07:02

When I worked in Barbados, a local Nursery owner told me they never had saucers under their plant pots as we do here as any standing water would encourage mosquitoes. I can't understand why a lidded water butt would have mossys. Greg, are the other 2 butts with lids?

Morning Glory not flowering. Why?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 06:55

Mine are doing more or less the same, though I have had a few flowers. The plants just seem to want to reach for the sky without flowering much. I, too have been feeding them with multi-purpose plant food, perhaps this is the problem

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:54

I won't get it back till they have checked it back at the warehouse, I will know when my next credit card bill comes through. If it is not repaid, then Tesco have to be very very frightened

swarms of flies in compost

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:50

I had this earlier in the year, I used the lid of the bin to fan the flies away. The moment you add the carbon that you mention above and turn the contents of the bin, it will help. Basically it is the fructose (?) that they are after so turning the bin will bury it a bit.

Tender Perennial.

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:47

Verdun thank you so much for your recommendation for this last summer; it is truly spectacular. Will post pic tomorrow if I remember

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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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 20:32

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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