Latest posts by Tootles

Great created newts must go!

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 17:01

Good luck Helen. Well done you for seeking advice. 

I had newts in my garden, in the compost. I reported them to the council as a planning application was in on the land adjacent to my garden, where there is a culvert. The council ignored it, and relied on a report paid for by the developer that said any evidence of newts was inconclusive.  

Hope Attenborough calls you back. I love it there. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 16:49

Treated myself to a fig, brown turkey. Very excited!! 

Bought some new compost and a bag of manure. 

Its raining now and we're out to dinner with friends later so inside now catching the amusing end to the France Wales match!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 17:37

Rescued a few chives that something had dug up. Mum n dad popped over with a big pot of them that they had kindly dug up for me from their garden.  Wonder if it was a bird or a squirrel.

Did a bit of reading up of when to sow my runner beans. Might wait until April. 

No signs of my onion seeds germinating. 

pet companions

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 21:34

Went back to Chanery Lane yesterday and spent a couple of hours looking for the man but no sign. Have left my details with a few people in shops around to call if they see him. A lady with a food stall said she had seen him there a few times with cats and dogs but she wasn't sure if they were different animals each time.

i commute to London from Notts and am not back down there until Monday. Didn't get much sleep last night for thinking about the kitten. I could kick myself for not just taking it - which I know is wrong but can't help it. 

Will be back down on Monday and at Chancery Lane as I have the same meeting every week so hoping he's there.

pet companions

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 20:43

Can't get this out of my mind. I was walking to Chancery Lane tube station on Monday having just been to a meeting when i spotted a man begging with a tiny kitten on his lap. The kitten was panting - he was sitting in direct sunlight. 

I asked the man if the kitten was ok and he said it was fine but I could see it wasn't. He said he had bought it for his girlfriend but she had chucked them both out.   I gave the man a couple of quid, some water and then ran to sainsburys and bought some cat food (they didn't have any kitten food). When I got back to the man he had put the kitten in a cat carry case. I gave it some food and the man asked me to wait with it while he went to Starbucks.

i thoroughly regret not asking the man if I could take the kitten and look after it. I just can't help but think that's no life for a tiny kitten. 

I think I'm going to go back tomorrow and see if the man is there - perhaps it's his regular spot. If he is there I might offer him some money to hand the kitten over. I'm worried though that he'd just by another to beg with.

what has this world come's so sad. I feel so mean that the man might love the kitten but I just keep thinking about it and feel I could have been its chance 😔

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Compost review

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 20:20

Ive used Jacks Magic for the last three or four years. This year it's not as good as when I first used it. I've noticed fungal spors growing on the surface very quickly.

I bought some 'Home and Garden' and it honked something awful so have got my money back from the garden centre.

Im reluctant to buy the expensive stuff so may nip to B&Q or Homebase and try their own brands. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:29

Full day in the garden. 7.30am until 6pm. I'm done in!

Bad day for compost - some seriously bad smelling bags from the garden centre (that will be going back).  Then I excitedly went to mulch my beds by emptying the compost bin that has been working away all year, and discovered that, last year, my none-gardening other half put a really thick layer of moss  - yep, MOSS(!) in, that he had raked from the lawn into the compost bin. The whole lot had to go. It had got everywhere 🙄

Potted on some seedlings, sowed some more seeds, moved five crowns of rhubarb, potted up some raspberry canes, planted my strawberries, fed everything, planted out my broadbeans, said adios to my camellia that the frost had caught, weeded, tried to get rid of some ivy, washed the outside of my waterbutt, dug over the bed where runner beans will go and drank lots of tea! 

Are Green Thumb right about this lawn?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:02

What a beautiful garden Yeviestevie. Stunning beds, and your grass looks beautiful.

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:54

I take cuttings from mine as find they go a bit leggy after a few years. Have to be careful with mould growing on the cuttings; they see to be susceptible to it in the greenhouse. 

ive found that they can sometimes turn all red rather than red and white. Still lovely though.

Should I use compost - very odd sour smell...

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:14

I've just phoned the garden centre - they say it's fine to return in. 40 miles round trip though and I bought grow bags too.

have just had another smell - it's definately not right. 

I'll take it back.

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