Latest posts by Tootles

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:42

Ah thanks lovely Chicky. I thought of you today when I gave mine a good water.  Hope yours is doing well. I'm quite liking mine now it's in the ground. 

Who'd have thought a forum meant so much?! I've really missed dipping in.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:25

Having strayed I'm back because;

1) I'm missing the forum 

2) I'm missing forum friends

3) Haven't found another forum that compares

Really really REALLY hoping that the changes get us back to something that more closely resembles the brilliant forum that it used to be.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 06/05/2016 at 19:44

Day three of trying to get used to this and it's just not happening. I've really tried.

The design is terrible. Sorry I know it's someone's hard work, but I feel the need to be honest. 

All the tweaks in the world won't fix something that is now broken - not just the forum but the community that was committed to this website. 

Not using the forum also means not seeing the ads and other info on the wider website. That is surely a bad business decision - I'd suggest worse than cutting your losses and switching back.

Gardeners World is a business after all. One of the most important skills in business is knowing when to admit a mistake, a bad decision and a poor job. 

I've googled Garden Forums and have found a few others out there so will give them a go. I didn't ever think to do this before as I enjoyed this forum so very much. 

Gone from sadness to being a bit angry. 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 22:37

Giving it another go tonight but still not liking it at all. 

Surely the key thing about a gardening forum should be just that - gardening and people.  The better format encouraged topics, information and use at a glance. That is why it was so popular and useful. This format fails to recognise the fundamental purpose, and instead the poor design and the 'technology' doesnt just shadow, but drowns out the core purpose.

I can see that tweaks have been made today but it is the fundamental design and layout that needs changing - not tweaking, but completely changing. The 'hot threads' page was perfect. Can that layout be brought across?

Tweaking is just going to be throwing good money after bad. It needs a complete re-visit to the drawing board. 

I really am gutted. This forum has been brilliant but now it's disconnected not only with its core purpose but with its core audience. 

Calling all tablet owners...

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 22:15

This is just like an advertising site now. Expedia at the top of the page?? Flasing images down the side. Please change it back, 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 22:10

What's the other site called Lyn? Really going to miss people on here. This is so sad. 

I thought the idea was to improve things? This is pants. 

Awful new format for forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 22:06

Logging out - this is making my eyes hurt.

Gutted. I loved the forum as it was.

Please Please Please - change it back. 

Forum - New design

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 21:57

Oh dear.  This new format isn't doing it for me.  Where are the hot threads now? How do you go back to the page before? 

The colour contrast is too harsh. Feel like I'm squinting. It's like looking into a light bulb. 

There's no continuity...before it felt like lots of chats at the touch of a button. Now it feels like a big empty room. 

Please can the hosts have a re-think? I'm all for change if it improves something, but this isnt an improvement. Sorry Norah et al; I imagine a lot of hard work has been put into this but it's not a patch on the other version.  Please change it back....

Guerilla Gardening

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:53

Well done Hefty. That's so lovely.

I started a gorilla garden three years ago on a strip by our house. I've put in rhubarb, gooseberries and raspberries as well as plants from my garden that I couldn't find a home for. I weed it every couple of weeks. Very satisfying. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:44

Lots of greenhouse doings! Potted up cornflowers and cucumelons, cosmos and dahlias. Planted out lupins and verbascums.  Planted out a solitary runner bean to satisfy my irrational craving to get them going! Also put netting over new runner bean frame and made bird scarers out of strips of foil. Other half says it looks like something out of back to the future!

Discussions started by Tootles

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Planning for next year 
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Friday nights

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Curious - what do you think?

Is a professional gardener without a garden possible? 
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Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Chomping at the bit to get started  
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Anyone brave enough to plant out runner beans yet?

Another frost? 
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Finding lots of blue and White pottery when I dig....

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Feedback from BBC about GW being cancelled

In case anyone wants to see 
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Monty - just saying......

Happy Face.... 
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Place your bets....

Last frost...: 
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Forcing rhubarb

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Help! Are Briza grass seeds meant to look like this?

...and how do I sow them please? 
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Peas and beans up a frame.....

Wire, string or netting? 
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Last Post: 03/04/2016 at 16:35

Love a bargain

Thanks GW Mag - useful code. 
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Last Post: 05/04/2016 at 08:35

Love a bargain

Thanks GW Mag - useful code. 
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Last Post: 28/03/2016 at 08:10

Looking for a nice ornamental grass

Any recommendations very much appreciated. 
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