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Latest posts by Tootles

Crow or raven?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:07

Look at this mahoooosive visitor!  Can anyone tell if it's a crow or a raven? What's the difference? Thanks!



Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:41

Wet and cold here too Beaus. Contemplating a bit of digging.....or maybe another hot cuppa!

Gardeners world free seeds...

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:15

yipppEee! Thank you gardeners world! Got some of the free seeds that Monty talked about. Blight free tomatoes here we go (I hope)!


Blind daffs solution??

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:12

What do you feed them with Fidgetbones?

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:11 means the release of liquid or smell. 

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 08:09

I've had great success with growing toms in grow bags in the past. Very efficient, and easy to clear away once done. An old gardening pal also swore by them because they retain moisture and as toms are better under watered it meant that it didn't matter if they didn't get watered for a couple of weeks. Also my other halfs uncle enters shows with his and he swears by using the bags.  He says he gets better results by keeping the roots shallow.

Ive just looked in my Companion Garden book by good old Bob Flowerdew. He says marigolds help keep whitefly out of greenhouses but won't drive them out if they are already in. It says to plant marigolds 'near' tomatoes. Says the scent hides the smell of the plant. 

Also says there is research that marigolds kill nematodes And that "....exudations may help tomatoes" - no idea what exudations means!! Where's my dictionary.......



Planting more seeds

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:50

I sowed zinnia in a heated prop six weeks ago. Here they are looking a tad leggy but not too bad.

Its hard to put the brakes on with sowing isnt it?!


strawberries in raised beds

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:35

I grow mine in a raised trough.  Here they are this morning. Freshly watered. They have been in there for three years and they do well. I've managed to propogate lots of new plants from the original. It's just plain old garden centre compost with some manure sprinkled in during early winter so it breaks down. 

I put the white garden mesh over them once the fruit comes to stop the birds feasting on them. I usually air them in the evening though to let the odd bees out.


Blind daffs solution??

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 07:27


went to a quiz at our local garden centre last night. One of the questions was 'what do you apply to daffs in autumn to prevent them coming blind in spring?' 

The answer was tomrite. Has anyone heard this or tried it?

a lot of my daffs in pots have come blind this year. Once they are blind, is that it or might they flower the following year? Also wonder if this works on tulips too?

View from my computer

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:35

What a great photo. Envious of your view! 

Discussions started by Tootles

Gardener's rewards...

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Not quite ripe seeds....

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Bird box where bees had been all summer....

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Blood moon....

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Azaleas, camellias and rhodies in pots.....over wintering?

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Main crop spuds

When to harvest 
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Freezing runner beans

Anything need doing to them first? 
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Last Post: 13/09/2015 at 21:09

Is there much that should be sown now?

Forward planning 
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Last Post: 08/09/2015 at 20:58

Show Time!

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Last Post: 19/09/2015 at 15:00

Preperation for the big day!

Doing a Bob Marley all day... 
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Last Post: 31/08/2015 at 13:14

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

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Last Post: 23/08/2015 at 22:32

Any ideas for an entry..... meets garden... 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 10:42

Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
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Last Post: 15/08/2015 at 23:29

Hungry little things...

Chomping away 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 10:21


A good year? 
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