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Latest posts by Tootles

Hidden Villages with Penelope Keith

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:54

Every case is different WillDB which is why the 'presumption in favour' of development is so wrong. There are lots of villages that have happily accommodated development, yet greedy developers and target driven planners continue to eat up every last bit of open space that is unique to the character of villages and essential for wildlife. All this when there are brownfield sites that are not suitable for wildlife parks, yet perfect for housing, but are left undeveloped. 

More power to local people I say. 

Hidden Villages with Penelope Keith

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 11:57

I know the feeling runny. I'm fighting a planning application for another development on a lovely field in our village of long bennington.  It is infuriating that developers and councils are able to make decisions that are of such detriment to local people and the environment. I fear that small villages will turn into towns in no time at all. 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 10:04

Hello, how are the cut flower patches doing? My main problem is that they look so pretty in the patch that I don't want to cut them!  Loving my vases today though. Getting better at arranging!


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 09:39

Thanks Scroggin. gutted as I was really organised this year and sewed my own seeds, even built sturdy cane structure. Hey ho. You live and you learn! Better stock up on frozen peas!

Hidden Villages with Penelope Keith

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:10

Loved it. Penelope's style is soon soothing. One very classy lady in my humble opinion. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:07


here are those poorly peas. The runner beans behind have hardly any flowers and look quite curly.  There were broad beans at the front but I took them out as they were so bad.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 22:09

I think it was because it wasn't well rotted. I had two new beds to fill and so I bulked them out with rather a lot of fresh horse manure. But maybe it could have been contaminated.  It was free stuff from a kind soul who bags it and puts it on the road side for anyone who wants it. 

I'lol post a picture tomorrow. Would be great to get your opinion of the sickly looking peas! 

hope you get a good bounty of new pots runny!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 19:44

Salmon burgers Runny; deeeeelicious! 

The new potatoes were out of this world! Results of a little fettle to see if any were ready. 

I over manured two new raised beds this year. The tatties don't seem to have minded by my peas, runners and broad beans have been a bit if a disaster.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 19:16

Harvested some goodies and then made a lovely tea with them. Smashing day.


Nuisance Nettles

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 09:06

Hi Boo 

if you get some thick gloves on you could have a go at gently pulling them out at the root but be careful not to disturb your fruit plants too much. You could cut the nettles down first to make it easier but leave enough stalk to be able to get a good grip of them. 

Alternatively you could just cut them down and keep them low for now. Then dig them out when your fruit trees have finished fruiting and the ground is softer.

you can make plant food from nettles by leaving the nettles soaking in water for a few weeks. Great at this time of year for anything leafy that doesn't flower like herbs and some shrubs. Beware though, it honks! I stuff old tights with nettles and leave them in the water butt which avoids touching the stuff and straining nettle liquid. Works a treat!


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