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Latest posts by Tootles

Humphhhh - Sunday night blues for working gardeners.

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 18:55

Hello - anyone else out there get that Sunday evening feeling when you know it'll be a whole working week before you can spend a full morning or afternoon pottering about in the garden?  Humphhh indeed...

Poppy Fields

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 09:24

Hello - have driven past some stunning red fields full of poppies recently and was wondering, are these planted for a particular purpose, or are they self seeded?  Absolutely beautiful to look at and was curious as to how / why they are there.  Anyone know? 

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 22:42

Ooh Fidget - is that Derek Tangy land that you're in.  I adore his books.

My mum and dad call me Tootles and have done since I was a baby, despite christening me Ruth!  I'm 37 now and they still call Tootles.  My better half calls me T-Bone.  I have no idea why!


Posted: 24/06/2013 at 22:30

Oh Pottie Pam - beautiful but very scary!!  Frogs, mice, spiders, wasps, Julia Bradbury - terrifying!!

Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 18:06

Thanks GllyL and Busy-Lizzie.  I'll relegate them to the outdoors.  Pity it's not a little warmer here in the East Midlands as I think they have got quite used to a cosy greenhouse! 

I love the idea of being good enough at growing veg to be able to give it away. 

Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 14:43

Okie dokie - thanks ever so much!

Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:52

They are called Scarlet Emperor.  Shall I put them outside if they need pollinators?  Easily done as they are in a pot.  Out of interest, tomoates dont need pollinators then? (sorry - another basic question!!).


Thanks Lazy gardener!

Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:20

Hello - my first time of growing green beans so soz in advnace for rather basic question.  The ones outside are being a little slow - but steady.  The ones in the greenhouse however have sprinted up!  What do I do now they have reached the tops of the canes supporting them?  Do I just snip off the ends, or wind the ends downwards to get even more growth?  Thanks in advance!

Polycarbonate/Glass Greenhouse

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 22:09

Hello, I was lucky enough to bag a great bargain on ebay.  Got a nearly new Robinsons from a lady who had bought a house but didn't want the incumbent greenhouse.  It's glass and I absolutely love it.  I got it in late autumn when a lot of folk are clearing out.  There were quite a few good ones on ebay at that time.  I did lots of research though and knew I either wanted a Robinsons or a Rhino.  Both very sturdy and well made.  I got lots of advice and concluded that paying a bit more for a good one saves money in the long run as the quality will repay with fewer repairs and hopefully better growing.  I failed to convince my other half that he'd like to dismantle and collect and re- erect the greenhouse but found a company that just does this and paid around £400 (but it was over 200 miles away). Did it in a day.  All in all I couldn't be happier with it.

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:52

Thanks Bob.  It's just that there are so many.  I'm a tad concerned they will effect the growth of my seeds.  I wish I knew if they were safe to eat but will definitely not take a chance there.  Where is Ray Mears when you need him?!

Discussions started by Tootles

Soggy Discentra

Root purchased from wilko's 
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Last Post: 07/04/2014 at 20:15


Is it too early to put these babies outside? 
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Last Post: 07/04/2014 at 13:26

Seed germination - any hope for ones sown too early?

Regretting being too keen! 
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Last Post: 07/04/2014 at 20:28

Simple question alert!

Raspberry canes? 
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Last Post: 14/04/2014 at 12:24

Gardener come.....

......hard working....... 
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Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 12:56


Has anyone ordered from clematis man website before? 
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Last Post: 02/02/2014 at 15:30

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Some random ones that I'd love to get advice on.. 
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Last Post: 04/10/2013 at 13:02

Humphhhh - Sunday night blues for working gardeners.

Roll on Friday! 
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Last Post: 05/08/2013 at 08:59

Poppy Fields

Beautiful - are they for a purpose or just because they are lovely... 
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Last Post: 08/01/2014 at 17:29

Basic question alert - green beans!

What do I do with the tips. 
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Last Post: 10/06/2013 at 18:34

Pesky mushrooms...

...good in a spag bol... but what about with my strawberries?  
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Last Post: 30/05/2013 at 23:21

Kohl rabi

Is it best to grow it outside or in the greenhouse? 
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Last Post: 26/05/2013 at 19:05

The price of compost

Just wondered how much to pay? 
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Last Post: 23/04/2013 at 17:40

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Want to invest in one but not sure what type. 
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Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 19:02

Have you put your potatoes in yet?

In two minds whether to stick them in or wait..... 
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Last Post: 19/04/2013 at 19:06
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