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Latest posts by Tootles

Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 14:43

Okie dokie - thanks ever so much!

Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:52

They are called Scarlet Emperor.  Shall I put them outside if they need pollinators?  Easily done as they are in a pot.  Out of interest, tomoates dont need pollinators then? (sorry - another basic question!!).


Thanks Lazy gardener!

Basic question alert - green beans!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:20

Hello - my first time of growing green beans so soz in advnace for rather basic question.  The ones outside are being a little slow - but steady.  The ones in the greenhouse however have sprinted up!  What do I do now they have reached the tops of the canes supporting them?  Do I just snip off the ends, or wind the ends downwards to get even more growth?  Thanks in advance!

Polycarbonate/Glass Greenhouse

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 22:09

Hello, I was lucky enough to bag a great bargain on ebay.  Got a nearly new Robinsons from a lady who had bought a house but didn't want the incumbent greenhouse.  It's glass and I absolutely love it.  I got it in late autumn when a lot of folk are clearing out.  There were quite a few good ones on ebay at that time.  I did lots of research though and knew I either wanted a Robinsons or a Rhino.  Both very sturdy and well made.  I got lots of advice and concluded that paying a bit more for a good one saves money in the long run as the quality will repay with fewer repairs and hopefully better growing.  I failed to convince my other half that he'd like to dismantle and collect and re- erect the greenhouse but found a company that just does this and paid around £400 (but it was over 200 miles away). Did it in a day.  All in all I couldn't be happier with it.

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:52

Thanks Bob.  It's just that there are so many.  I'm a tad concerned they will effect the growth of my seeds.  I wish I knew if they were safe to eat but will definitely not take a chance there.  Where is Ray Mears when you need him?!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:40

Is that type of geranium called a cranes bill? Sorry, I'm still a beginner but thought it was....

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:39

Hi, just on the compost chat....I must have had a bag with mushroom seeds / spores / roots (not sure what to call them) needless to say I now have a raised trough full on the blighters.  Plucked them all out (or so I'd thought) yesterday only to come home to find hundreds more!  i posted on this and nut kindly advised they're nothing to worry about but the sheer number of them, and depth and thickness of the stems mean they are swamping my carrots and radish and they must surely be taking goodness from the soil.  I've only used j Arthur and murphys compost brands so one of them is under suspicion! Any one else had this problem?

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:01

Thanks Nutcutlet.  I'll leave them be then.  But it is like a mushroom party out there!

Pesky mushrooms...

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:51

Hello! Does anyone know if mushrooms will be doing harm to my strawberies, carrot seedlings, radish and spring onions? I think they must have sprouted from the compost I used (arthur bowers).  There are loads of them and they have really long stems.  I'm a bit worried that they are taking good nutrients from the soil, and gulping up when I water.  I've tried pulling them out but I can't keep up with the little blighters!  I dug over the soil yesterday, and when I got home from work today you'd have thought I'd have sown miracle speed growing mushrooms! They are quick little sprouters!

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:26

They say the best things come to those who wait Woodgreen!  I'm banking on mine saving me some money; not because I'm growing things to eat, but because I don't want to go on holiday and miss out on my greenhouse time!  

Ooooh, and isn't it fab when it starts raining outside and you're all tucked up with the tomatoes?! 

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


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


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


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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