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Latest posts by Tootles

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 21:47

Gardengirl, I'm growing freesias too but mine said to plant in March so put them in pots on Sunday. Will let you know how they get on. Are yours similar small bulbs?


Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 21:32

I've got my first batch of seeds germinated in the heated propagator all potted up to grow on. Put second lot of seeds in the heated propogator yesterday. Can't wait til it's warm enough to plant outside.


Growing tomatoes

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 18:55

Thanks John and Simon.  I now know what I'll be doing next weekend!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 08:36

Hi Simon - I'm a bit daunted by the work involved with changing the compost in my greenhouse. Ive only had the greenhouse for two years so I guess I should really change it this year. I grow toms and cucumbers in there.  I have, each year, added lots of manure to it and mixed in a bag of shop bought compost too. Will adding nutrients like this to it negate the need to replace it?

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 08:24

Hi Zoomer

Yes. Stayed at a holiday cottage in rural Wales last week and there was a lovely book on foraging; what is safe to eat with pictures, and also ideas for things to make from bits and bobs you can collect on a typical country walk. It also showed things you can eat that grow wildly in urban areas.  

Some of the responses have got me thinking though; for example, with your blackberries. When does the overgrowth into your plot become trespass on the part of BR?  

We have some overhanging elderflower from a field. Is it ok for me to pick it? Was hoping to have a go at elderflower cordial this year. I prune it back most years as if I didn't it would have covered my greenhouse roof by now. 

Of course, stealing flowers from someone's garden is terrible, and this just reminds me that all land belongs to someone so maybe foraging is more hassle than it's worth. Can't imagine writing to the land registry for the sake of some wild garlic!




Nerine Bulb Help

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:02

Do they produce more than one spike of flowers per bulb?

Talkback: How to pot on sweet peas

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:57

I'm the same Caroline. Mine are doing well, but is it too early to pot up for outside?

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:53

Does anyone know what the official line is on when foraging becomes risk of stealing? For example, picking blackberries in a field; is that foraging? Digging up snowdrops in the wild; is that stealing? Taking cuttings from wild plants; foraging? Picking a daffodil in the wild; stealing? 

Obviously if the landowner is known then one would just ask before doing any of the above, but what about when you are walking in the countryside / wilderness? 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:22

I sat in a conference hall with no windows and air conditioning on so it was colder than a freezer...... all day. Humphhhh. 

Cheap plants at Aldi!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:16

My dad bought me a Victoria plum tree and a Stella cherry for £3.99 each. Look really healthy. Chuffed.

Discussions started by Tootles

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

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Any ideas for an entry..... meets garden... 
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Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
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Hungry little things...

Chomping away 
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A good year? 
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Beautiful Day

Gorgeous in the garden... 
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Help with tree-in-a-pot identity...

What are these beauties? 
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Does anyone know much about Veronicas?

How to propogate 
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Last night's Gardeners World

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Broad beans - should they look like this?

But knarly! 
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Happy Easter - know your bunnies

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Crow or raven?

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Last Post: 29/03/2015 at 11:43

Gardeners world free seeds...

Did anyone else manage to get some....? 
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Last Post: 05/06/2015 at 18:39

Blind daffs solution??

Anyone tried this.... 
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Last Post: 29/03/2015 at 10:59

Hedges - anyone else noticed....

Big cut... 
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