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Latest posts by Tootles

Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:50

Thanks Jo47. Has your Jerusalem let you down?


Figs galore

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:32

I'd love a fig tree. Is the turkey one the best do you think? How long do they take before they fruit?

Monty looked very happy with his on Friday! 

pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:25

Me again! Found it. Not sure if the link will work but it was under a heading Oriental Poppy Problem.


pink papaver problem

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 21:15

Hi Emma, there is a problem with poppies. It was in the press. I posted about it a while ago on here.  I'm not sure how to search for old posts though - soz. The symptoms are just as you describe. There is research being done on it.  You could try cutting the heads off. I'm afraid to say that the plants is likely to have had it though; according to the article. It was in the Telegraph Gardening section.


Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:39

I've been Jammin' all day! Started at 7.30am and just taking my apron off.

After much research, trials and errors, I've mastered (sort of!) most of my entries into the Preserves and Pickles Class for the village show next Saturday. I take pleasure in presenting (left to right);

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe but cutting corners!)

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe done correctly!)

Raspberry Jam (Dehlia Smith recipe)

Raspberry Jelly (Thane Prince recipe)

Mango and Greengage Jam (made up recipe - quite chuffed!)

Lemon Curd (Thane Prince recipe)

Lemon Curd (Mrs Beeton recipe)

 Tomorrow I'll finish off the Elderberry and Apple jelly, Strawberry jam and grapefruit marmalade. Then it's time to measure my cucumbers!! Can't wait!!

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:24

Thanks Pansyface. We feel very lucky indeed to have him. 

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 18:45

Lovely pictures and stories. This is Mr Sydney who kindly let us adopt him from the Cats Protection League 11 months ago after we lost our beloved Pete the cat.

Mr Sydney is 8 years old and partially sighted and absolutely adorable. Full of character and a huge part of the family.


A shady greenhouse?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 07:57

Mine is in a little shade but it actually works well as i can position plants that need less direct sun in certain areas. I'd say it shouldn't be in complete shade really though, if you want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc as they need sun to ripen. 

What isn't always ideal are the leaves that fall on it and bllock the drain going to the water butts. 

Small price to pay though as i love pottering about in the greenhouse! 

Laugh at my carrots

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:56

A tip for carrots that someone gave me ages ago and it seems to work; add sand or gritt to the soil. It helps them to grow straight down due to the density of the mix (I think)! works fir me anyhow, although I quite like the comedy ones!


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:07

Mine too! At least we're not alone!

Discussions started by Tootles

Gardener's rewards...

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Not quite ripe seeds....

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Bird box where bees had been all summer....

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Main crop spuds

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Freezing runner beans

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Is there much that should be sown now?

Forward planning 
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Show Time!

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Preperation for the big day!

Doing a Bob Marley all day... 
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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

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Any ideas for an entry..... meets garden... 
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Votes please, and a quick questions...

Which one and what soil? 
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Hungry little things...

Chomping away 
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A good year? 
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