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Latest posts by Tootles

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 08:35

Gosh, what an upsetting thread. Labelling anyone who has a cat as irresponsible? Heavens above! There is so much joy to be had from gardening and also many many challenges. Just as there is so much joy to be had from owning a pet - any pet.  They all come with the odd negative, as do human beings....displayed here by the attitudes of people who can't just live and let live and perhaps think on...ask my best friends severely disabled son (wheelchair bound after being hit by a drunk driver) who started talking and interacting with his family again after being giving a cat to take care of. I can't begin to describe what a positive effect it had on him and their family. So next time folk get upset about an animal doing what it does naturally, think on a little bit please. There is often a bigger picture, and lots of far more worthy causes to vent your frustrations on. I hope this thread ends here.

What's the best type of greenhouse

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 08:13

Hello - it's year number two for me and my greenhouse. Best garden purchase I have made. I got a Robinsons. After doing a lot of research, it was always going to be a stand alone one and it was either going to be a robinsons, halls or a rhino for me.  Ended up getting an absolute bargain off ebay; a nearly new robinsons. The costly bit was paying someone to dismantle, collect and install in my garden, not to mention getting the right surface down to put it on. But it has been a dream though. I'd was worried about mould and damp with a lean to one, probably unnecessarily so though.

Greenhouse watering in summer

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 08:05

Hi Jimbo - I had the very same situation last year. A chap at my local garden centre advised me to get a bit Blue Peter with used plastic milk cartons. once empty and washed out thoroughly you make a lid by cutting a flap around what was the base of the carton. The I drilled teeny tiny whole in the screw top lid. Plonk it screw top down in the soil, and fill with water through the flap you've made that used to be the base if the carton. The water then slowly seeps out. I managed to get it so that the water seeped out over 5 days - just long enough for a week away. I used cartons that held 4 pints. my tommies were happy as Larry when I returned. Good luck!

Clematis

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:12

Thanks ever so much bookertoo and Dave Morgan. I will give him a go and let you know how I get on. I emailed him for a discount code and got an immediate response, so promising.  Thanks again for responding.

Clematis

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 22:12

Hello lovely folk.  Has anyone out yonder ordered clematis from the clematis man website before and if so would you recommend? Am considering giving it a go. Thanks muchly.

 

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:27

Thanks Zoomer.  I'll give that a go.  Had a fab crop of strawberry's this year; most didn't make it to the kitchen though!

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:23

Thanks nutcutlet. 

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:21

Hee heee busy-lizzie.  Here's a quiz question I got right a few weeks ago....what was Boss Hog's dog called in the Dukes od Hazard??

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:18

Thanks fidgetbones.  

Errrmm pink and white bellis nutcutlet - sorry I don't know the name.  They look lovely but have gone very leggy very quickly.  Outdoor cyclamen - within four days of planting in a pot it went all mouldy and black.....

I'm not Paxman but I've got a few questions pretty please...

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:59

Hello - whilst pottering, I've been bottling up some questions.  Any help or advice is very much appreciated!

1) I bought a lovely Pulminaria (sorry if spelt incorrectly) - can i split is to make more plants?

2) I've grown some new strawberry plants from runners.  Grem them in pots in the greenhouse.  Should I plant them out now or leave them in pots until next spring?

3) Are geums part of the same plant family as cranesbill geraniums?  The leaves look very similar.

4) I took some cuttings of cat nip in small pots in the greenhouse and they have taken.  Will they die down (like mine does in the garden) in the pots and then come up again in spring?

5) Does cutting the flowers off Pieris (again sorry for the spelling!) really make the plant produce more red leaves or is it a myth?

6) Soooo many weeds in our lawn this year!  My other half reckons it's because he cut the grass too short too early - any merit in his theory? 

7) Will bellis last through winter?

8) Why have my cylamen gone mouldy really quickly?  Too much water?

Thank you please!!!!

Discussions started by Tootles

Courgette questions!

Sorry about the Benny hill style photo.... 
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Last Post: 01/07/2014 at 16:31

What do you do with garlic?

Do you dry it out? 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 20:42

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

Rhubarb blues...

Stumpy stalks.... 
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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 19:44

Do you know if rootstock can be purchased?

Garden centres or just online? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2014 at 21:47

Aye up - the other half wants a go!

Apple crumble in a few years? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2014 at 12:54

Soggy Discentra

Root purchased from wilko's 
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Last Post: 07/04/2014 at 20:15

Beetroot

Is it too early to put these babies outside? 
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Last Post: 07/04/2014 at 13:26
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