Latest posts by Tootles

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

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:56


i bought three bags of garden compost last week and I've just opened one - it smells really odd. Not like I've ever smelt garden compost smell before. A weird sour smell. It's a new brand I haven't used before - but don't want to risk killing everything if it's off... Any ideas?

Tomato seeds and seedlings

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:39

I'm trying halos for the first time this year. 6 from eBay plus three route 'training' bags (I have no idea what these are for but the chap included them in the sale).

is a watering tray just one of those long plastic trays wide enough for a grow bag, or is it more fancy than that with spikes?

i looked on YouTube and saw a couple of folks doing three per grow bag but now I think I will go with just two. 

Can cucumbers go in grow bags too?

Gardener's World is back tonight at 8pm!

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 18:05

What a brilliant first episode. Beth and Carol were lovely together. When Beth touched Carol's face at the end of the interview I got a bit emotional!

Love Adam Frost. His enthusiasm for Packwood means it's defo on my list for a visit this year. 

Monty was brill - chirpy and motivating. 

loved the woofs as always.

Roll on next Friday!!!!  Shall we start a petition now to request it doesn't get bumped for the usual egg and spoon racing or kicking a ball around a field later this year?!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 17:58

Little trip to the garden centre for some strawberry plants. 5 for £5.50 so happy with that.

Toying with planting out broad beans that are in modules in the cold greenhouse. They're about a foot high. Wonder if it's too early to plant them out......

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:40

Had a few hours in the greenhouse. Sowed some more sweet peas, brizia and lupins. Lots of seeds sowed last week and the week before have come through including kale - first year of growing it so very excited!!

Decided I'm going to grow my tomatoes in grow bags in the greenhouse this year as can't summon up the effort to renew the soil in greenhouse beds. Got a couple of grow bags from the garden centre that were being sold off as they are from last years supply. Hope they will be ok...maybe I should just buy new.  Decisions decisions. I'm thinking that a bag of compost unopened from last year is fine, so why not the grow bags.

pet companions

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:04

Just catching up as been away from the forum for a bit. So sorry to rdad your news Logan. Had a little cry as your posts clearly illustrated how much he meant to you. Hoping you are finding comfort in wonderful memories. 

Barney looks sooo cute and full of personality. Hope he's feeling better.

Is it really a problem?

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:46

Cyril is very smart! I like  his nose!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:40

That's a lovely display G Donkey. I've got aplines in mine. I'm not sure I like that they look quite raggy sometimes but I think that's because I don't know how to prune them correctly.

What lovely hellebores V Sponge. Have they been there for a while?

Ive popped into the greenhouse and it's lovely to see seeds coming up in the heated propogator. I've taken the lids off to slow them down a bit and give them more light.

I want to find a home for some raspberry plants that are still in pots from last year.  I'm going to nip to the garden centre near me that sells off seed potatoes this time of year and various bulbs. 

Got some tidying to do too. Lovely day here in Notts so far. Sun is shining and the birds are chirping - bliss.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:20

 I've got the same problem. Just logged on and managed to post a new question but now can't see anything.

Ad blocker not working.

My goodness, this didn't used to happen with the old website.  Really frustrating. 

Verbena Bon. question

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 17:08


i have two Verbenas. One I grew from seed, and the other purchased from a garden centre last year.

The one grown from seed is in a raised bed (for cut flowers). It is all green and seems to have some new growth around the base. Here are a couple of photos of it:

The established one bought from the garden centre is in a border at the front of the house. This one looks quite different. Most of the stems are dead with just one looking green, and there appears to be no new growth at the base. Is this one dying? Should I prune at all?

Do they grow new growth from the base, or from last years stems? Really don't want to lose it as it wasn't cheap and it is the perfect height.

many thanks for any hints and tips!

sorry the photos are upside down!

Last edited: 19 February 2017 17:10:15

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