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Send your questions to CBeebies' favourite allotment owner , Mr Bloom - ANSWERS BACK

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Mar-13 10:35:57

We're delighted that Ben Faulks A.K.A Mr Bloom is joining us to answer your questions. Send your questions to him by end of day on Monday 11th March and we'll post up his answers on Monday 18th March.

Ben is best known as Mr Bloom from the CBeebies award-winning series, Mr Bloom's Nursery, which he co-created and writes for.

As Mr Bloom, he plays the allotment owner who looks after the Tiddlers when they come to help him. Mr Bloom loves talking to his plants and performing catchy song-and-dance routines with them. He is also teacher and guardian to the children.

In the brand new official range of books, we can take a look around Mr Bloom's busy allotment and find out more about his Veggie friends. There's Colin the energetic runner bean, Raymond the caring butternut squash and Joan the feisty fennel, as well as an arty cabbage called Margaret and a singing aubergine named Sebastian.

Tiddlers will love learning about life at the Nursery with these cheerful and colourful books, featuring stories, stickers and activities.

To find out more visit

poorbuthappy Wed 06-Mar-13 10:36:44

This is going to go 1 of 2 ways...grin

Tee2072 Wed 06-Mar-13 10:43:51

I was just thinking the same thing, poorbuthappy. grin

I will think of a question and come back.

HormonalHousewife Wed 06-Mar-13 10:45:32

Does he know he has a MASSIVE grownup mumsnet fan base ?

I can't think of a clean enough question tbh. Could you get him to pm me though grin

IllGetOverIt Wed 06-Mar-13 10:47:18

Are you from Bolton or the south west?
Are you single?
Do you wink in the opening song just for us mums' on mumsnet?
Can you please do a show or at least a clip with no hat on so that we know you're not bald underneath?

And are you doing another Mr Blooms out and about as my dc would love it?

Please answer all questions.grin

Tee2072 Wed 06-Mar-13 10:53:20

He's a brave, brave man who is probably about to get a huge ego boost!

FairyJen Wed 06-Mar-13 10:53:32

I suspect the poor bloke has noooo idea what he has let himself in for! grin

IllGetOverIt Wed 06-Mar-13 10:56:22

Oooh-also- can I pleeeeaaaasssseee have a signed photo?

Meet your 'veggies'?winkgrin

coppertop Wed 06-Mar-13 10:58:37

My question is:

How do I convince a stubborn 2yr-old that eating cabbage does not mean that poor Margaret has just been chopped up and thrown into a pan of boiling water?

Runner bean season is approaching and I'm not sure how to explain Colin's impending death either.

Thanks. smile

EauRouge Wed 06-Mar-13 11:15:49

Hello, Mr Bloom, I would like to ask a question about your vegetables. grin

We're loving your new series- will you be doing another one and if so, will you tell us where you are going to be and when? The DDs would love to meet you in person. <cough>

EauRouge Wed 06-Mar-13 11:17:20

Oh, and also DD1 (4yo) is going to be given her own little patch of garden this year. Any tips for a best first veg to grow? She won't eat it, whatever it is, so just something easy to grow. Thank you!

FairyJen Wed 06-Mar-13 11:22:15

Dd would also love a signed photo....

MimikosPanda Wed 06-Mar-13 11:28:09

Is there a Mrs Bloom?

Is that your real accent?

Julezboo Wed 06-Mar-13 11:28:56

Will you Marry me Mr Bloom? Assuming you are single that is!

HUGE fans in this house smile

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Mar-13 11:29:32


I can't think of a clean enough question tbh. Could you get him to pm me though grin

<ahem> We have warned him that he's got a few fans on here but let's not scare the poor chap away...

RugBugs Wed 06-Mar-13 11:33:39

We're terribly gutted you don't appear on the line-up for the cbeebies Easter tour sad

I'd like to know how you came up with the idea of talking veggies!

MimikosPanda Wed 06-Mar-13 11:38:14

If MNHQ have pre-warned him he has fans and he is still willing to come on then he must be a good sport brave man!

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Wed 06-Mar-13 14:52:14

Rachel's caught Olivia's cough sad

I'd like to know whether chatting with vegetables has changed Mr Bloom's attitude to eating them? Does he look at a cabbage and see Margaret?

motherofvikings Wed 06-Mar-13 15:01:59

I was gutted when I found out he wasn't actually northern! blush
It was like finding out the tooth fairy wasn't real!

My question is...

Are you actually keen on gardening or is it something you've had to learn as Mr Bloom?
If you are fairly new to it how did you get excited about it? (I'm struggling!)

Thank you! smile

IllGetOverIt Wed 06-Mar-13 15:54:13

I've thought of some more questions mr Bwink

How old are you?
Do you so home visits?

And also.....

Would also like to know what's really easy to grow either fruit or veg. What type of compost is best? And should a trough be used or just the ground? For my tiddlers.

fionathepink Fri 08-Mar-13 13:56:25

Is he really not Northern? I feel a bit cheated by Cbeebies. If so, I'd like to know why have a northern accent?

And a gardening one: how do I keep my 2 yr old contained on our allotment site without straying into those of other (less child-friendly) patches?

poachedeggs Fri 08-Mar-13 14:00:36

If he finds out has been requested to PM someone called " MissyMooandherBeaverofSteel" he may call in sick!

MountainOrMolehill Fri 08-Mar-13 14:10:01

What's the best way to get rid of slugs?

And repel buzzing things like bees

What plants/fruit attract butterflies

BoobBuffet Fri 08-Mar-13 14:16:06

Marrow, courgette or button mushroom? grin

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