Latest posts by Tootles

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:10

In the East Midlands. We did have a frost here this week, we are in a rural spot so a bit exposed. 

Will probs leave it for a couple of weeks then, and harden them off in the cold frame.


fig problems

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:31

Hi Bluebell15 

it could very well be frost. Figs are quite sensitive things and this year I found the frosts were particularly sharp. I lost a few plants in sheltered spots that had been fine in the years before. 

suggest some feed (tomato feed will do) and keep it watered (but not heavily so) to give it its best chance. Put it in the sunniest spot possible too. 

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:27


my runner beans have had a growth spurt in their little pots in the greenhouse. Has anyone planted theirs out yet? Thinking of doing it today but not sure if I should wait a while. 

Also, same with bedding plants. Too early?


pet companions

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 06:02

Get well soon Buster! What a handsome chap. Gorgeous face.

leadfarmer, what gorgeous labs. They look so calm.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 18:21

Really sorry to hear the sad news about Michael. Thank you for letting us know Ellen.  I really enjoyed reading what Michael had been up to on his allotment. 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 18:40

Whoops! Sorry for the upside down pics!!

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 18:39

Mine has arrived too! The packaging was great. Very sturdy. I do like the little booklet that comes with it too. Has lots of useful but simple info about lots of plants.

something flew out of the box when I opened it and one of the leaves has been munched; aside from that I'm happy with a very healthy looking plant. Was very dry though. It perked up after a nice water.

Think I will harden I think off in a cold frame for a couple of weeks. 

Exciting times!!

Madame Alfred Carriere

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 22:05

I have this rose around an arch. It was a tad limited on flowers in year one but has been brilliant ever since. Lovely scent. You do have to keep on top of the growth but I found it easy to train and well worth the effort. 

I feed mine and also apply a spray in early spring to limit black spot.

good choice I say. Here is mine for years one, two and three If you want an idea of growth rate. 

Last edited: 10 April 2017 22:08:51

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 20:50

Pottered in the greenhouse.

My courgette seedlings seem to have keeled over. The heat maybe?

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 20:47

Ordered!  Thanks for the code Tesni! Looking forwards to comparing notes.

Discussions started by Tootles

Where in the UK is beautiful for a little holiday home

Replies: 12    Views: 966
Last Post: 08/11/2017 at 12:42

Corydalis - as per Monty last night

Where to purchase  
Replies: 4    Views: 363
Last Post: 16/09/2017 at 19:31

Just in case anyone from the BBC reads...

A plea... 
Replies: 2    Views: 340
Last Post: 22/06/2017 at 21:28

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Replies: 67    Views: 4650
Last Post: 10/06/2017 at 22:21

Harvested anything yet?

Broad beans 
Replies: 30    Views: 1380
Last Post: 16/06/2017 at 21:05

Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

Replies: 7    Views: 530
Last Post: 13/05/2017 at 20:50

Is this just a massive weed?

Helping a pal 
Replies: 2    Views: 367
Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 18:41

Can roots grow in drains from a seed within a drain?

Replies: 8    Views: 521
Last Post: 01/04/2017 at 11:41

Should I use compost - very odd sour smell...

Is it off?? 
Replies: 4    Views: 670
Last Post: 30/03/2017 at 04:24

Verbena Bon. question

To prune or not to prune... 
Replies: 9    Views: 825
Last Post: 21/02/2017 at 08:22


Can I use these as seed spuds? 
Replies: 4    Views: 529
Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:21

Joining the RHS

Is it worth it? 
Replies: 10    Views: 843
Last Post: 01/02/2017 at 18:28

Where has Monty gone?

Replies: 4    Views: 669
Last Post: 27/01/2017 at 19:23

Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

would love to hear your views 
Replies: 8    Views: 647
Last Post: 22/01/2017 at 15:32

Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

Planning for next year 
Replies: 10    Views: 1004
Last Post: 31/12/2016 at 10:15
1 to 15 of 155 threads