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Latest posts by Tootles

Aye up - the other half wants a go!

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 08:02

Morning peeps, my other half wants to have a go at some gardening, namely taking a cutting from an Apple tree that has been in his parents back garden for years. It's an eater but we don't know what type. I remember seeing something on the telly box a few years ago, where it was advised that one just takes a cutting. Is it that simple? Anyone done this with success? Any hints and tips hugely appreciated. Eg is now the right time of year? How long should the cutting be? Should it be taken from any particular part (ooop top of tree or closer to the base)? Pot it in the ground or in soil? Use rooting hormone? Thanking you muchlyx

Human irrigation system

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:03

Mike, whenever I see your face on a thread, I make sure I read and pay extra attention because your advice is always so great. Sending you 'get well' wishes, lots of love and sincere thoughts for a speedy recovery x

What to plant in VERY tall, narrow planter

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 19:38

Clematis benefit from being potted in a deep root pot. Could you stand it against a wall so the clematis could grow with some support?

My Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:30

Looks lovely Scott. Really pretty.

Onions and potatoes

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:22

Anything from two to four weeks in my experience. Depends how deep you planted and the position. Don't be tempted to over water or they will rot. the spuds will show signs of quite dark leaves, easily missed on soil. Onions can start off slowly but often rocket once they get going.  Good luck! Hope you enjoy the wait!

Struggling azeleas

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:19

Hi philip, I find that azaleas often take quite a bit of time to settle in.  mine took around two years before it looked settled and healthy. mine also sounded just as you described but it's fine now. Suggest good watering, but not over watering, and perhaps a gentle feed with specialist azalea feed. They are one of the few plants I use specialist feed on. Hope yours recovers.

 

Mushroom!

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:14

Hello Loganberry Hut, have you put new compost down? The spores often come from new compost. Also, folk go crazy (in a positive way,) for mushroom compost because it has great elements in for growing. In the old days, you could get it for free but savvy mushroom growers cottoned on and you have to pay for it these days.  Anyhow, I had lots last years and they did no harm at all.  If I had a dull ten mins I pulled them out, but they caused no bother.  

Osteospermum problem

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:48

they are really easy to pull out as the roots don't seem to be very deep. I removed some and found that it was like a hotel for slugs underneath! Never seen so many in one spot before....or since!

Best companion plant for Strawberry's?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 06:06

Hi, give marigolds a go. They deter pests and also attract pollinating bees which will be essential for a good strawberry crop. Also, lettuce as tour baskets will be off the ground and away from slugs. You can also grow baby spring onions as the scent deters pests too.  Show us some photos when planted up. Would love to see how you get on. 

Greenhouse

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 05:57

thanks for the lovely comments. it was a bit of a bargain off ebay. for me, a greenhouse is so much more than somewhere to grow plants. I can't tell you the pleasure I get from just sitting in there with the radio, cat, newspaper, cup of tea etc. I do four hours of commuting (2 hrs each way) every day, and it's the thought of getting back to see what's growing and just peace and quiet that often keeps my going!  Hope you find the right layout for you!

Discussions started by Tootles

What a lovely smell!

Sweet scent of stocks. 
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A few random questions...

Getting the basics right (or at least learning to!) 
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Well I'll be pickled!

Quick, buy shares in Vinegar! 
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Yum yum

Cucumber pie, sandwich, cake, lasagne anyone?!?! 
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What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

I always get stuck at this point! 
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Courgette questions!

Sorry about the Benny hill style photo.... 
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What do you do with garlic?

Do you dry it out? 
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Baby pigeon

Did I do the right thing? 
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 15:21

I want to gag!!

How do I get it off my hands...? 
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Last Post: 23/06/2014 at 06:16

Bbc Gardeners World Live at the NEC - humph!

Hidden extras.... 
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Last Post: 11/06/2014 at 13:52

Is this Elderflower?

And is anyone an Elderflower guru? 
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Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 19:54

Sunflowers

Will they grow in pots? 
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Last Post: 25/05/2014 at 15:13

Naughty Frost!

Tatie tips look tinged.... 
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Last Post: 08/05/2014 at 20:06

Hurry up Friday!

I'm missing you! 
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Last Post: 02/05/2014 at 20:56

Geum?

Or have I planted weeds?! 
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Last Post: 28/04/2014 at 13:24
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