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Latest posts by Tootles

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 18:45

Lovely pictures and stories. This is Mr Sydney who kindly let us adopt him from the Cats Protection League 11 months ago after we lost our beloved Pete the cat.

Mr Sydney is 8 years old and partially sighted and absolutely adorable. Full of character and a huge part of the family.


A shady greenhouse?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 07:57

Mine is in a little shade but it actually works well as i can position plants that need less direct sun in certain areas. I'd say it shouldn't be in complete shade really though, if you want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc as they need sun to ripen. 

What isn't always ideal are the leaves that fall on it and bllock the drain going to the water butts. 

Small price to pay though as i love pottering about in the greenhouse! 

Laugh at my carrots

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:56

A tip for carrots that someone gave me ages ago and it seems to work; add sand or gritt to the soil. It helps them to grow straight down due to the density of the mix (I think)! works fir me anyhow, although I quite like the comedy ones!


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:07

Mine too! At least we're not alone!

The proof of the pudding........

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:05

Beautiful! Looks like that bee is loving it. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 21:12

After a long day working, I had a lovely pootle around the garden thinking about what to do tomorrow....inbetween practising making lemon curd, short bread and marmalade. Plenty of dead heading to do. Love weekends, especially bank holidays!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 18:47

It's been belting it down for the last four hours! More rain than I've seen in a long time. The guttering is overflowing and its coming down the chimney! Eeeek! At least everything is getting a very good watering!

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:10

That must have been the most expensive jar of lemon curd ever! So funny! What a good heart you have though to buy a jar back! I bet they loved you!!

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 20:51

Absolutely cream crackered Joe47! Thanks for all of your help. Still chuckling at the lemon curd revelation! I hope you'll be around next weekend as I'm going to need you for raspberry jam and shortbread! 

I will not be seduced.....!

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:45

They grew Cape gooseberries on the Allotment Challenge last year. Yellow things with the papery outside? I was going to have ago this year but didn't have the room. Apparently they need a lot of it! Looked lovely though. Good luck with them. 

Discussions started by Tootles

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: 31/08/2015 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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Last Post: 09/08/2015 at 09:58

Beautiful Day

Gorgeous in the garden... 
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Last Post: 30/06/2015 at 07:45

Help with tree-in-a-pot identity...

What are these beauties? 
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Last Post: 28/06/2015 at 15:49

Does anyone know much about Veronicas?

How to propogate 
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Last Post: 27/06/2015 at 08:28

Last night's Gardeners World

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Last Post: 10/06/2015 at 15:55

Broad beans - should they look like this?

But knarly! 
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Last Post: 25/05/2015 at 20:26

Happy Easter - know your bunnies

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Last Post: 04/04/2015 at 21:19

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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