Latest posts by Tootles

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 13:52

Afternoon, just doing some planning for what to plant and where next year in my veg garden. I have four raised beds that are a metre square each, and one long raised bed of 2m X 1m  that was built to accommodate a stand for growing climbers (runner beans and peas last year). 

I'm reading up on crop rotation but it will mean I can't use my stand for growing climbers as it only fits in the long bed. As such, is it essential to grow something else in a bed where runner beans etc have been the year before, or will it be ok to just improve the soil so I can grow beans there again next year? If it is ok to just improve the soil, what would you suggest I use please?

Any thoughts and ideas welcome especially from experienced veg growers. Thanks.

Friday nights

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 18:28

Just got in after a long week. Immediate thought was "ooooh it's Friday night which means Gardener's World"..... and then I remember it's not .

Surely they could still make a programme for the winter months. I loved it when Carol made the series about seasons in her garden, which included winter!  

Even if it was chat about plants in general and planning for next year. 

i just miss it and I'm sure I can't be alone. 

Christmas cooking

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 15:21

I bet your cake will be yummy.

i made a trial run of mince pies today.  So much nicer than bought ones. 

Garden related name for kitten

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 15:11

Ah gorgeous!

What about Monty, or maybe Hamilton?

he looks so cute. 

Curious - what do you think?

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 08:25

Pansy - good point! That made me chuckle! 

Interesting thoughts.  Thanks for the replies. Good to get other people's take on things. Certainly got me thinking from other points of view. 

Curious - what do you think?

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 07:12

Hello - random thought but I'm curious as to what folks think. 

I've just received 'The Book' - a new John Lewis bit of marketing. Flicking through it over breakfast and came to page 22. It is a short biog of an impressive lady called Hay-Joung Hwang who is defined as 'The Gardener'. It shows a small picture of Hay's 2016 RHS Chelsea garden and goes on to describe qualifications, gardening style and planting recommendations.  All very impressive stuff. 

My initial thought was wow, this lady's garden must be amazing. But then it goes on to ask about Hay's own garden, and says; Alas, Hay only has a small roof terrace in south london'.  

To me, it's a bit like a chef not having a kitchen at home. How on earth does this lady do it? Even with training and qualifications, is it really possible to know gardening and be a professional gardener without a garden? Even if it's just a small one?

As someone who has gardened for years, I still feel like I learn something every time I'm in my garden. 

Perhaps some people are just gifted and don't need the daily / weekly lessons from their own garden. Or perhaps Hay gets to see so many gardens that having her own isn't important. Lots of people who love gardening do so on balconies etc after all. 

But would you really trust in the longevity of a garden designed by a professional gardener without a garden?   

Just a curious thought. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 19:39

Dreamed about gardening today! Busy day at work and just got in now. Roll on the weekend!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 00:29

Hi everyone, I've not been on the forum for quite some time (new format just wasn't for me despite trying). Just logged in out of curiosity (and a bit of insomnia!) to find a message from Nora dated August asking me to start a new version of this thread as the last one is too long I'm told. So here it is. 

Hope all of the old posters are well (I wonder if many other posters drifted away?) and that new posters are having fun on the forum. 

Watering and harvesting for me today. Hoping for a nice day pottering tomorrow.

Here's a link back to the previous thread: 

Labrador rescues

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 20:04

Lead, and everyone else that does such amazing work with animals, THANK YOU!  Your dedication and generosity is amazing and this crazy world is a better place because of people like you. 

I get far too emotional about animals to be able to help physically so I donate money and food where I can.  All of our pets have been rescues and every single one has given so much more than we could ever recipricate. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 21:16

So sorry to read your news Busy. Animals know when they are loved and I have no doubt whatsoever that your horse and friend had a fabulous life with you. Lots of love and hope that you get comfort from wonderful happy memories x

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