Tootles


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Compost success!

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 20:25

After three years of thinking I'll never get the hang of making compost, I dug over the compost bin to discover that under the dry top layer there was rich lovely compost! What a treat! 

The compost bin doesn't get much sun; is that perhaps why it's taken so long to break down? I didn't spot any worms - I thought there would be lots in there.

I have spread it across a new bed and also into my raised veg beds with some left over to put in the greenhouse bed. 


 


 And the dry stuff on the top......


 

Trellis - neighbour says no!

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 20:14

Hi Tandy, you could make the bed a bit higher although it would take a lot of soil. Failing that you could pop some obelisks in to grow things up. 

Watering can issue....

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 14:34

Thanks. I'll do that this arvo.

Spirit vinegar - is that the same as white wine vinegar??

Watering can issue....

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 12:32

Hello

just popped in from outside to ask if anyone has any tips on how to get rid of the green slime that builds up inside watering cans and then blocks the spout as it peels off? I cant get my hands in to scrub it off.

Thanks

 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 18:43

Yay! Yep please do join in Korno.

Chicky and Victoria Sponge - glad yours arrived too. All looking good so far. Good consistency of quality then. 

 

Gardners world

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 18:39

I really enjoyed it. Loved the nice mix of gardening and the lovely doggies. Best 30 minutes of my week.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 18:36

Dug out some turf and put in three rhubarb crowns. 

Dug nice circles around the trees in the lawn. Applied chicken pellet manure and top dressed.

Dug over the raised beds.

Split some snow drops.

Beaten by the light, but can hear the birds chirping loudly. Such a lovely spring day. 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 11:37

So has mine Sophie17! Exciting! What do you think of it?

Feedback then - packaging, really good. Sturdy, easy to open, soil kept moist and recyclable. Handy plastic tray inside that I will re-use in the greenhouse.



 

 Plant: looks very healthy. No leaf damage, good clear label, great roots poking out of the bottom. Darker in colour than I thought albeit that's an observation and not a criticism. Plenty of young growth on it.


 


 Other: handy nicely presented planting instructions booklet. Includes info on other plants so will be a nice little read.

I think I'll be popping mine in the greenhouse for a little while to acclimatise and allow for the frosts to pass before I plant it in the ground. 

So far so good. Not bad value for money with the discount. Very pleased!

Secret tricks of germination

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 07:49

My electric propogator works an absolute treat in germinating seeds....it's after that where it goes wrong for me. The bit between germination and a nice strong plug size plant is where I lose most of mine. 

Gardening pics

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 07:46

Brilliant advice Aster2. Thanks so much. What kind of plants make strong verticals?  Would fir trees do the job? 

I've got a bit of winter flowering jasmine in there growing up the wall but it's not very strong. 

Good opportunity to think about a nice climber. Would a rose be too much do you think?

Sadly art was never a strong subject of mine so I find it really tricky to visualise the picture.  I'd like to improve on that so this bed will be a good opportunity. 

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What to do next.... 
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Compost success!

It works! 
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Watering can issue....

Any tips appreciated.... 
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Pelargoniums (common geraniums) cuttings - where am in going wrong?

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