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Latest posts by artychris

Any advice on hand-push lawnmowers?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 12:34

I have had an old qualcast panther for about 7 years now. It has no grass box so I have to rake the grass up afterwards, but I love cutting my little lawn and have always found it very peratheutic. It just needs plenty of WD40 at the beginning of the season and occasional sharpen of the blades with my little Dremel sharpening tool, and bobs your uncle!! No stress every season of having to get the engine started after being stowed away all winter and no servicing bills. 

how to not attract carrot fly when thinning

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 12:24

I think I read somewhere, that if you do not want to attract carrot fly when thinning out,then you should snip the seedlings , rather than pulling them. Is this true, as I have not yet purchased a fleece to cover them. Do people get a successful crop without  fleece?

tomatoes-growbags or not growbags?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 09:02

Thankyou very much. That was a thought that I had , but I guess it is just good to have someone elses confirmation. I have grown in bags before and I always think that there never seems to be enough room for the plants to spread their roots properly or as you said, the bags can get very dry if not constantly watched. 

I must admit I am very much of the Idea, that perhaps we do tend to fuss to much about plants sometimes. I do just like to plonk things in  and just let them get on with it and as a rule things mosly do alright, with just a gentle nurturing here and there.

tomatoes-growbags or not growbags?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 08:37

Can anybody tell me whether it is a better idea to grow tomatoes outside in a growbag or, can the crop be just as good, if you grow directly into the ground.

can nasturtium plants go out in the garden yet ?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 14:42

Well thats fine then, I am now going to put them out .Many thanks !! Its sometimes good to just have somebody elses comments to reassure !

can nasturtium plants go out in the garden yet ?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 14:23

Is it o.k. to put my my nasturtim plants out yet? Will the frost, if we get any, kill them off ?


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:36

I just cut up my old plastic milk containers into strips, then use a permanent black marker pen to write the name on, Doesn't cost a penny and are reusable!!

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 16:30

Thankyou all very much for the many methods, which I will give a try. 

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 11:56

Has anyone got any good tips on keeping slugs at bay,without using harsh chemicals.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 19:27

Its quite showery here in Norfolk, but we seemed to have skipped the real heavy ones. Been quite sunny in between . Good growing weather!!

Discussions started by artychris

suitable lawnmower for lady gardener

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ideas for killing off bamboo

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choice of secateurs

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improving the lawn

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Do I trim the broccolli?

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when to get tomatoes in

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outdoor tomato planting

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lawn improvement

what plants to add to lawn. 
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how to use nematodes efficiently

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growing laurel hedge

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feeding houseplants

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winter lawns

cut short or leave long 
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what base is best for a compost bin

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can you still grow tomatoes from seed

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