Latest posts by Tina_i_am

Plant or weed?

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 15:04

Sorry this has uploaded sideways. I think it's an iPad thing, because when ever I upload a picture to any forum, this always happens. 


Anyhow, does anyone know what this plant (or weed) is?

It's nothing I've brought into the garden and seems to have come in on the wind. 

I would like to keep it and thinking of carefully potting it up


Thanks in advance



Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:36

Great youtube videos, loads of tips I'm picking up. I'm going to change how I loop the twine round the canes from now on. 

I've been trying to grow tomatoes for the past few seasons. I have lovely healthy plants, but I never seem to have many flowers and hence tomatoes.  Think I understand now about picking the side shots off. So hopefully, I'll have a better year this year.

I noticed your 10 litre pots look taller than the 10 litre pots I have (obviously different diameters and height), are the tall pots much better for tomato growing?

Tomato growbags

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 14:49

Thank you for the replies and the information on planting them up to their first set of leaves Dovefromabove.

Tomato growbags

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:36

I'm about to put my tomato plants into large pots soon. To grow tomato plants well, do you need the soil from a tomato growbag or is a mult-purpose compost just as good?

Many thanks, Tina


Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 08:59


I have a similar problem, but its a neighbours garden. They rarely cut the grass and have loads of dandelions, but when they do cut the grass, all the dandelion matter goes up into the air and then settles in my garden. 

Cutting your lawn regularly keeps the lawn weeds at bay, but I also paint the dandelion leaves with glyphosate. The one I bought had a little brush on the underside of the lid. 

New garden

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 08:51

What lovely views you have from your garden. I'm green with envy 

Planting Decisions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 08:49

I think you have made a great plan and I'm sure you're garden is going to look great. It's hard to imagine how it will all look, but that is part of the fun.

When your plants arrive, you can position them around the garden while still in their pots and see how it looks, and when you think you have the look that you are after, plant away.

Just make sure you know the finale potential height of each plant, so you can decide where in the boarder it should sit (front or towards the back); remember some plants are fast/slow growing, so your design will take a few years to look how you intended; and even if you have planted everything and 6 to 12 months later you think.."that's not working out there.." you can dig up plants and move them (maybe the next year they may not flower as well for exampe, but they will recover).

Good luck, but I love you plan and I think you are off to a great start.

Composting Leaves

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:02

I do the same as gardening granny.

Please! Help!

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:00

Hello LM....your garden is not a lost cause, but an opportunity to get the garden how you want it 

Out of interest, how long has it taken to get all muddied up like that?

I would just start with tidying it best you can and leave it for the winter. You've probably already picked everything up, but get everything off the lawn area and bring in the garden furniture and anything that doesn't need to out there over winter, take anything that is broken or you don't need down to the dump.

The bin issue needs some thinking about, if they are likely to be a constant problem (getting blown over etc), then think how best to secure them to the wall or maybe one of those little sheds that look like old coal bunkers, maybe you can wheel them in and out.

For the grass, what best suits the family? I know there are fine grasses/ lawns that you see that are putting/ bowling greens and more hard wearing grass seed/ lawns for lawns that get more use. Or what about astro turf (probably I will get shot for suggesting that here on a gardening forum  )?


Hope some of this helps, good luck.

Planting in winter

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:49

I'm sure there are a few things that could be planted, but I'd just recommend start observing your garden, looking at what's in your neigbours gardens (and are thriving), work out what you like/ dislike and reading up (loads of seed/ gardening catalogues around). Then start planning.

Put up some bird feeders or bee/ insect houses. Organise the structure of your garden (fences, shed, greenhouse, walls, screens, patio or seating area, bench, pots and baskets) and anything that isnt going to be so dependant on the weather or frost damaging plants or any of your hard work.

Then Spring won't be too far away. Have fun.

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