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Latest posts by Tootles

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 21:07

Hmmmm, just watching last night's episode. Cocodrama hanging baskets? Long section on South Africa? Not loving the content. Beechgrove is so much more relevant for me. It's how I imagine Gardeners World used to be when I hear people happily reminiscing about Percy Thrower and Geoff Hamilton. I do enjoy watching Monty, and hope that last night was just a blip for me. Do others like the more modern take? I think I might just be too old fashioned! 


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 13:25

Not too late. They grow soooo quickly once germinated this time of year. I find that I need to buy fresh packets of seeds each year thought as last years left over seeds didn't do so well. 

dahlia planting

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:23

I live in South lincs too and also had no luck with keeping tubers so these past two years I've just left them in and they've come again each year. I also have back-ups by planting a few seeds. They germinate really easily and flower in the first year. 

How do you clean old labels

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:18

I use lot soapy water and a Brillo pad. It's a job I quite like doing oddly!

Climbers in pots?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:17

Hello. As long as you water well and feed, it shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure pots are large enough. Clematis like taller pots for example as they have long roots that like to go deep.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:14

Well said Jo47.



Posted: 27/05/2015 at 22:39

If I ever caught anyone doing such a thing as firing a paintball marker at any animal I would report them to the police and the RSPCA. Promoting cruelty to animals like that is wrong, and a very poor example to set, no matter what.


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 20:21

I wonder if there is a problem with zinnias this year. Mine have done the same (from seed and plugs). Bought my plugs from Sarah raven and they were great when I emailed them about it. They sent me some more but they went the same. Been given a full refund and they said that their grower was aware. 

I'd this please

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:27

I have one like that and it's a pink called 'Doris'. Beautiful.

Broad beans - should they look like this?

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 20:26

I planted them from seed in the greenhouse and then hardened them off before planting out.

Yep, dug in some manure in January. Do you think the soil could be too rich?

The beds have been dug down quite deep so are deeper than they look on the photo.

i didn't put any stakes by them until a few days ago as I watched a clip on YouTube and it suggested that leaving them to blow about a bit makes them a stronger plant. Maybe that hasn't helped.

Gave them a really good water today. One or two signs of flowers.


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