Latest posts by Tootsietim

Missing plant

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:25

sadly it sounds like a human thief, I can't think of any reason for an animal to remove a buddleja. Even if there was good handful of fish, blood and bone to attract the foxes, I can't imagine they would take it far.

In the past we have had hedge plants stolen and memorably we lost a ton of pig manure one night.

Peat based composts

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:19

If I remember correctly from my college days, Sphagnum peat ( moss peat) has a low natural pH whereas sedge peat is more variable depending on the water pH in which it was deposited. Most commercial composts will be adjusted to provide a fairly neutral pH suitable for a wide range of uses. Ericaceous composts are formulated from moss peat to be low pH ( acidic) . In pots and containers, ericaceous composts will provide acidic conditions, in the open garden, the use of ericaceous compost is pretty pointless as the natural pH of the soil water will be dominant.

Additionally, when peat is added to the garden, it fairly quickly starts to decompose and so is only a short term solution to soil improvement.

President Obama

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 21:00

our country's relationship with any other country is always conditional.

World leaders shaking hands with each other is hardly new. ( e.g. Churchill and Stalin )

I for one am happy to hear the views of anyone of the stature of Obama (c.f. Putin) as just one more strand of information to help me decide how I shall vote.

p.s. just for the record, I find Boris Johnson's criticism that Obama is being hypocritical a bit odd considering that the USA is itself a federal union of 50 states albeit with a longer history of cooperation than the EU.

Long tailed tits are back!

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 20:16

One of my favourite birds to watch. 

They are vulnerable to nest predation, and many nests will fail each year. Often, the adult birds, if they lose their nest, will go and help a nearby related pair to feed their young instead. This way they at least help the family gene pool to continue.

Their nests, made of spider web, lichen and feathers are a marvel of nature.

Rhubarb in a potato sack?

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 09:44

My rhubarb spent over a year out of the ground, having fallen behind a compost heap. I think you'll be fine.


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:17

Of course these warnings aren't meant for us. We, as gardeners are well acquainted with 'Going Outside'. As a result we look out the window, assess the weather and dress accordingly.

The warnings, given by the hyperbolic weather presenters are for those people who leave the house in winter wearing a crop top, mini skirt and high heels (mostly, but not exclusively, female) and then wonder why their skin turns blue.


Something to mull over

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 00:42

British values?  Whenever I hear people refer to British values, I ask them to define them, specifically, and preferably to state a time period during which these 'traditional values' were held.

The answers are usually hilarious.

We all have to make our moral judgements the best we can, based on our circumstances and understanding and be prepared to argue for change if we feel it appropriate.

There are many things happening in the world that I cannot condone, but find it hard to lay down any moral superiority based on western values.

Things are changing, albeit slowly, things always do, but is there a utopia towards which we are all travelling?, or is civilisation merely morphing along with the zeitgeist as it always has.

Nesting box

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 00:17

Only the second week of January and I have already heard Great Tits, Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Goldfinches and Greenfinches singing their territorial/mating calls.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 00:57

Hollies make lovely hedges, but do please bear in mind that they also drop leaves regularly throughout the year which (depending on variety) are very prickly. Not nice when hand weeding the veg plot. Prickle free hollies are available.

All the best.

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 00:08

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesons gold'  gives a good dense hedge but to keep it looking neat and tidy it will need lots of regular clipping. 

I haven't tried myself but I have heard of several people experimenting with yew hedges kept to about 12 inches high.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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