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Latest posts by Tootles

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:19

I wish I'd known about all the creepy crawlies that contribute to making compost, before I'd started. I'm a big animal and insect lover so never kill anything (even daddy long legs get politely and gently escorted off the premises if one gets in an open window)....however I'm a bit, well, scared of things that wiggle, move quickly, and look like they are miniatures from a horror film! I know that they are probably more scared of me than I am of them, and they are harmless, and that some are essential for compost, but they just freak me out! The last time I tried to shovel compost out from the bottom a little newt came trotting out. I think they heard my scream in the space station! Ridiculous I know. I'm going to try and grow a pair otherwise I'll never make use of the lovely compost that's forming!

Is there a show near you?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:06

Hi Rusty Spade, I entered our village show this year with a beautiful Collias. Even managed to get it in flower for the big day. It was fat and bushy and without blemish. However the ones that came first, second and third were tall, leggy and wonky. In my humble opinion I was robbed of a place!  There seemed to be a common theme of the same names winning everything! It won't put me off having another go next year though. I'm new to the village and Im told that it takes a while for the more mature end of the gardening circle to accept those below 40! I actually love this old fashioned village mentality though! It's like living on the set of a light hearted comedy set in the 1950s! 

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 10:06

I doubt it David. You are a sweet pea guru! Really grateful for the advice. Thanks ever so much.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 09:13

Thanks David. I think it's a trip to the garden centre for me then! And then perhaps a coffee and slice of cake whilst there (I don't need much tempting!).

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:32

Do you watch family fortunes? I can hear that honk noise when 'the survey said....X' !

I'll nip them out anyway.... And start again with some fresh ones! Take two!

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 08:08

Hi David K - I sowed these fellows about three weeks ago. I'd like to avoid them going all leggy. please can you tell me when it's best to nip them out? They currently have two lots of leaves. Thanks ever so.




my hormones

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:14

What a small world Alan4711. My dad was born on Rossington Road in Sneinton, and he's also called Alan! He's gone oooop market too.  Still in the Shire, but in a nice little village on the outskirts now. 

Yow can take the lad outta Nottingham but not Nottingham outta the lad! No-worra-mean me duck?!

Verdun - you are most perceptive!

Lawn advice

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:47

hi Kate. I have the same problem... new house, with lawn full of weeds. I don't think it was weeded properly before the turf was put down. Also we are surrounded by fields so the seed heads must blow in.

ive tried the granula weed and feed too, and whilst it's good on the big weeds it doesn't seem to tackle the infants. I also tried spraying directly with glyphosate which works but it also kills the grass around the weed.

my most recent attempt has been to water in a solunable weed killer. I was told by the chap at the garden centre that it makes the weeds grow madly and they sort of strangle themselves and the first cut afterwards with the lawn mower is a fatal beheading! this was three weeks ago. They did grow like mad, and we cut the lawn yesterday.  looks ok but I can still see lots of weeds.  

perhaps autumn isn't the best time to do this. Most products tend to say spring. If you do find something that works please let me know!


Any recomendations for a garden to visit

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:38

If you like nice views get yourself up to Frogget Edges, with a nice flask of coffee and some sarnies. You can park on the road side the follow the path for breath taking views. It's just near curbar. 

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:35

It's a tough call to decide that it's time to pull the cosmos out.  The thought of bare soil and empty pots is a tad depressing......but only for 5 minutes because there's always something else to plant....even if it is boring bulbs because they won't be boring for long!

Discussions started by Tootles

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Has Gonzalo visited? 
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Last Post: 23/10/2014 at 14:22

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

But how far do I need to stick it in (oooh matron!)... 
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Last Post: 29/09/2014 at 18:02

Potato berry???

Never seen this before... 
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Last Post: 28/09/2014 at 22:48

When and which plants in pots to but in the greenhouse over winter...

Which ones need protecting? 
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Last Post: 23/09/2014 at 09:54

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Identity parade! 
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Last Post: 15/09/2014 at 11:31

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Identity parade! 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 09:09

Random question but why....

Oh why oh why.... 
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Last Post: 18/09/2014 at 14:03

Dads are brilliant, and mums are pretty cool too...

So much help! 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 13:55

Fab Gardening Programme

Little discovery 
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Last Post: 02/09/2014 at 22:29

The day ahead.

Can't wait for home time! 
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Last Post: 27/08/2014 at 20:48

Doesn't it get dark early?!

Quick, autumn is a-coming! 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 22:04

Passion flower

Do I need to prune it? 
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Last Post: 25/08/2014 at 19:07

What a lovely smell!

Sweet scent of stocks. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 16:11

A few random questions...

Getting the basics right (or at least learning to!) 
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Last Post: 04/08/2014 at 10:15

Well I'll be pickled!

Quick, buy shares in Vinegar! 
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Last Post: 06/08/2014 at 07:03
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