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Latest posts by Tootles

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:04

It's been really good for picking plants for the borders in terms of heights and seeing what flowers at what time. 

Compost bin

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 05:56

Bargain Fishy! Let us know how you get on with it. 

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 05:53

Thanks so much for all of the ideas! I can't wait to start practising this weekend. 

Does anyone know how many tomatoes should ideally be on 'truss'? Are they ok to present on a paper plate? 

Also, should show cucumbers be straight ones or a bit curved?

I need to get my hands on that Women's Institute book!

My other half has decided to make an entry into the song title category, and he's going with 'you don't bring me flowers' and says he's just going to plonk down an empty vase!! Not sure how well that will go down!


Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 05:07

Wow Daintiness! That looks delicious! Did you go for strawberry or raspberry jam? Where do you stand on butter cream? To include or not to include....?

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 19:21

Some cracking ideas coming in.... thanks!  Keep going!!

Very good question Fairy. When I win (that's how confident I am in the ideas and tips from this forum!) I shall retire and set up a sanctuary for knackered gardeners where they can come and eat cake and talk about cuttings and drink tea / wine / beer. I shall also set up a TV company to make telly programmes just about gardening featuring forum members who in turn shall make bucket loads of money so that they too can give up their day jobs and set up a chain of garden centres! 

Pruning help yew

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 18:40

Wow! It's huge! It looks very healthy!  Love the difference in colour from the top new growth to the dark lower growth.

Good luck with that whopper!

keep us posted on how you get on. Would love to see how you get on with it. 

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 18:16

hello! I've decided to enter 14 categories in the local village show! Eeeeeek! One of them is a floral display based on any song title of choice. Anyone got any bright ideas?!  

Also, I need a killer Victoria Sponge! Any tips very much appreciated!

Am going to start practising jam making next week; going for strawberry and blackberry categories! Need to read up on what makes a good competition style jam. 

The prizes are 50p first place, 40p second place, and 25p for third! It's all to play for! Also, I was robbed last year! Mr Carter's coleus was most definately inferior to mine yet he got first prize! I didn't even get a silver or bronze!!  Need to redeem myself this year!


Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:51

Isn't it strange how some plants do so well for some and are so difficult for others. I have no luck at all with these. None of the seeds germinated. The instructions say they take their time and need hot and cold to germinate. Anyone got any tips? Can I sow them now for next year do you think?

such lovely plants. I'd really like to grow them for my border.


Pruning help yew

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:36

Hope you manage to tame them oldkenlady. I've been looking for a couple of yews to train into balls and they don't come cheap. Alan Titchmarsh has a row if them in his garden in lovely big pots.


Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:31

... nope ive not used the gel crystals. Let us know if they're any good if you have a go at them.

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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

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Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
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