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Latest posts by Tootles

Ride on mower / mini tractor - help!

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 11:46
Went for the mini tractor and he loves it! Bright red and lots of fun! Pretty sure the grass will be cut a lot next year! X

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 18:30
Lavender Lady - I think you should have your own tv show! I'd love to follow you over a year to see how your garden changes and to pick your brains on how to get a lovely garden....and also to ask questions of Mr Lavender Lady as my other half needs tips on DIY in the garden. Such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing x

Storing Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 17:57
Hi Malcolm - snap! I'm having a go for the first time and would also value any tips. I grew some from seed and they were stunning (beginners luck). They've developed some huge tubers which are sitting in the greenhouse drying out. I have also left some in the ground to see if they come again. I was wondering if plants from tubers get better each year? Planting from seed was really easy. Digging up the massive tubers was hard work! If it all goes wrong I'll just grow seeds again next year.

Making a cold frame and where to buy a manger.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 17:35
Such fab ideas. I chickened out and ended up buying a raised bed kit which was ??24 and easy peasy to put together, and two cold frames! One is glass (only ??10 off ebay) and the other Perspex (new ??80). The second hand glass one is very sturdy and seems to get less condensation than the Perspex one. The Perspex one came in kit form and was tricky to put together but it seems to get warmer than the glass one. Have just moved both off the grass and on to slabs as the plants seemed to be rotting - guessing just too warm and moist on a grass base. Also lots of slugs gathering in the warmth. The raised bed has been great. Nice tidy way to grow veg. How did you get on SkyeSteve?


Posted: 09/11/2012 at 21:33
David K - that photo made me 'ahhhhhh' out loud! So lovely to see Nigel tonight ; and nice Barnett Monty! Very tidy up top. Going to miss GW so much.

Ride on mower / mini tractor - help!

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 21:23
Thanks so much. Really useful.

pets and why they are called what they are called

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 18:42

My puddy is called Pete.  When he 'found me' 12 years ago the chap I was house sharing with refused to allow him to stay unless he had a 'proper blokes name'.  He's adorable, my best friend and knows all of my secrets!

Ride on mower / mini tractor - help!

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 18:30

....will be getting a ride on mower / mini tractor for his birthday at the end of Nov.  I've been to a couple of places that sell them and have got some basic info, but as this is a rather pricey gift I don't want to get it wrong!  So I was wondering if anyone could make any recommendations on brand and whether to go for a sit on mower or a mini tractor.  Chap in shop said the tractor was more 'butch'.... anyones expereince / advice very gratefully recieved - thanks ever so!

When do you plant seeds taken from this years plants....

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 18:56
Hello - sorry in advance for such a basic question, but I've managed to collect a lot of seeds from flower heads and I have no idea when to plant them.... Can I plant them now and leave them in the greenhouse over winter, or is it best to wait until spring to plant them? Does it depend on the type of plant? Thanks in advance for any advice x

Where do I start?!

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 18:57
Hello Tara and James, you may want to put some spring flowering bulbs, like tulips or daffodils, in a pot so that you'll have some colour in spring. You can always put them in the ground once you know what's what in your garden. It's a fun way to kick off your gardening hobby! Hope you get the bug!

Discussions started by Tootles

Yum yum

Cucumber pie, sandwich, cake, lasagne anyone?!?! 
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What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

I always get stuck at this point! 
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Courgette questions!

Sorry about the Benny hill style photo.... 
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What do you do with garlic?

Do you dry it out? 
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Baby pigeon

Did I do the right thing? 
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I want to gag!!

How do I get it off my hands...? 
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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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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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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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