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Latest posts by Tootles

House Spiders

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:21

I'm on the edge of my seat Verdun!! Are you still with us?? Has it nibbled at your toes?? Try singing at it - i hear they are scared of Elvis Presley numbers!

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:16

RATS?! No one mentioned rats!! Might there be rats in there too? Flipping heck! This composting malarkey needs danger money! Eeeekkkkk!!

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:31

Fab advice! Thanks Artjak. I'm off out now to give mine a thorough bit of vibration! 

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:27

I'm determined to get over it Dove. I'm going to give myself a good talking too and, like you say, get on with it! 

But if I spot a snake I'm giving up!

House Spiders

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:24

I tried the conker trick. Hate to tell you but I found a massive spider sitting on top of it like he was king of the castle! I swear he even winked at me! 

When I bought my first flat I remember a spider in the corner of the lounge that was so big it actually squeaked at me! No one ever believes me but I swear I heard it! 

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:19

I wish I'd known about all the creepy crawlies that contribute to making compost, before I'd started. I'm a big animal and insect lover so never kill anything (even daddy long legs get politely and gently escorted off the premises if one gets in an open window)....however I'm a bit, well, scared of things that wiggle, move quickly, and look like they are miniatures from a horror film! I know that they are probably more scared of me than I am of them, and they are harmless, and that some are essential for compost, but they just freak me out! The last time I tried to shovel compost out from the bottom a little newt came trotting out. I think they heard my scream in the space station! Ridiculous I know. I'm going to try and grow a pair otherwise I'll never make use of the lovely compost that's forming!

Is there a show near you?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:06

Hi Rusty Spade, I entered our village show this year with a beautiful Collias. Even managed to get it in flower for the big day. It was fat and bushy and without blemish. However the ones that came first, second and third were tall, leggy and wonky. In my humble opinion I was robbed of a place!  There seemed to be a common theme of the same names winning everything! It won't put me off having another go next year though. I'm new to the village and Im told that it takes a while for the more mature end of the gardening circle to accept those below 40! I actually love this old fashioned village mentality though! It's like living on the set of a light hearted comedy set in the 1950s! 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 10:06

I doubt it David. You are a sweet pea guru! Really grateful for the advice. Thanks ever so much.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:13

Thanks David. I think it's a trip to the garden centre for me then! And then perhaps a coffee and slice of cake whilst there (I don't need much tempting!).

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:32

Do you watch family fortunes? I can hear that honk noise when 'the survey said....X' !

I'll nip them out anyway.... And start again with some fresh ones! Take two!

Discussions started by Tootles

See you later work, two weeks off!

Smiling from ear to ear! 
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Last Post: Today at 22:15

Hey Good Looking.....

Whatcha got cooking...... 
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Last Post: 15/12/2014 at 10:07

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Getcha long johns out! 
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Last Post: 26/11/2014 at 19:27

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Dry and twiggy... 
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Last Post: 13/11/2014 at 19:33

Lovely little lupins - is it best to just leave these pls?

What to do next and what to expect... 
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Last Post: 09/11/2014 at 16:03

What do you do next with cuttings that have taken pls?

in the greenhouse... 
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Last Post: 09/11/2014 at 16:07

What is this cute little beauty please?

Love this plant... 
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Last Post: 09/11/2014 at 09:04

A "how much?!!?" moment.....

Much pricier than I thought.... 
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Last Post: 05/11/2014 at 20:33

I've just grown this in my oven...

Anyone for a slice? 
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Last Post: 01/11/2014 at 10:20

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Has Gonzalo visited? 
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Last Post: 23/10/2014 at 14:22

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

But how far do I need to stick it in (oooh matron!)... 
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Last Post: 29/09/2014 at 18:02

Potato berry???

Never seen this before... 
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Last Post: 28/09/2014 at 22:48

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Which ones need protecting? 
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Last Post: 23/09/2014 at 09:54

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Identity parade! 
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Last Post: 15/09/2014 at 11:31

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Identity parade! 
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Last Post: 05/12/2014 at 20:35
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