Latest posts by Tootsietim

Novel way to remove moss and weeds from a lawn!

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 09:45

not too concerned with the flames, these wouldn't last long and the heat wouldn't penetrate very deeply. I would be much more concerned over the effect of petrol soaking into the soil.

gardeners regularly use flame guns to control weeds.


Posted: 16/04/2017 at 21:35

If vermiculite dries out it blows away.

If your soil is already high pH, then mushroom compost may not alter anything ( check pH first)

Do check that any stable manure is well rotted before adding it to planted areas.

Mulch, mulch and mulch again. Pile it on and let the worms do the work, manure, compost, grass clippings, autumn leaves. All good stuff.

Gardeners World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 07:06

Fritillaria imperialis  commonly known as crown imperial.

They do have a slightly odd smell which some people aren't keen on. So it might be worth sniffing one at the garden centre before taking the plunge, or planting them where they are out of nose.

Also fascinating is that if you lift one of the flowers and look inside, right up the top are a number of 'dewdrops' of nectar. They seem just to hang there defying gravity and, if you shake them out, they reappear almost instantaneously.

Well worth growing but they aren't too keen on heavy wet soils.

Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 00:12

jan reus in bloom

Replace stones against house brickwork?

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 20:12

What I would do is lift the turf, remove the stone border and turn the whole piece into a planted area. select a couple of wall shrubs to give a bit of interest and height at the back, and then a mix of choice shrubs, perennials, grasses and bulbs for the rest. If you  keep the hedge, make sure it stays short. It will turn out to be a lot less work than trying to keep a small patch of lawn looking good.

🌶 and 🍅

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:55

It's worth remembering that proprietary composts contain fertiliser and are usually adequate for around six weeks growth.

begenia won't bloom

Posted: 06/04/2017 at 19:51

I gave up growing Bergenias due to vine weevils eating the roots, but otherwise they were fairly easy, hardy plants. They don't like to be too dry but otherwise are usually good doers.

It may be worth lifting them, checking for weevil larvae, improving the soil and replanting.

Soil-based peat free compost

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 20:58

John Innes composts contain peat. By volume they are 7 parts loam, 3 parts peat and 2 parts sand for the No 1,2 & 3. plus various nutrients.

I am not aware of any peat free variations, (although  by definition they would not be 'John Innes' compost ) 

It might be possible to make your own version substituting the peat for an alternative.

New hedge, experience with tubex tree protection

Posted: 24/07/2016 at 22:45

In my experience, these plant tubes can stop lower branches from forming and thus leave bare leggy bottoms to hedges. Unless there is a definite risk from rabbits I would leave them off.

Marker Pens that Work

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 21:39

I currently use a Stabilo write 4 all fine permanent marker.  I used it on a label which I have left in the sun since last May and it still looks okay. It can be removed from a label with white spirit.

Discussions started by Tootsietim

cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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