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Strikes me that despite me claiming to be a grower I spend more time killing plants. Just walked around the garden and I must have pulled up and binned over a hundred growing things.
Ditto wild life. Last night we killed over 500 slugs and snails. Also caught a mole today.
Pricked out a load of seedlings, but there were far too many even for me so they finished up on the compost heap. I mean how many Sedum surculosum luteum does anyone want?
I know what you mean Berghill - I just threw 30 tomato and about another 30 pepper & chilli plants (which were in 7cm pots) on the heap as I needed the space for those which have been planted into their final containers. I've already given away twice as many. Must try and control myself at seed sowing time next year, but fear it will be the same story all over again!
Yes - what you need is a cunning plan....
I always have one but somehow it always needs a little 'fine tuning'....or to put it another way - changing
The dead mole was disposed of, into the field next to us as a dreadful warning to the hundreds of moles that live there.
Think about it, every time you go out into the garden to pull up weeds, what else is that but killing things?
Every time you spray your plants with insecticide (even if it is organic) you are killing things.
The molluscs were either crushed under foot or cut up with scissors, by the way. Not that it made much difference, the survivors decimated the newly planted vegetables.
First year we have really had to go out of our way to deal with the molluscs and we think we have disposed of over 4,000 of them so far. They are even eating plants which we have never seen even the slightest damage on before. Potato haulms have no leaves, nor have the giant yellow Scabious. The Heleniums and Shasta Daisies have gone completely, nothing left at all.
We don't spray with insecticides either, too many bees to take the risk.
I sound like some sort of extreme Buddhist, but it just struck me that's all.
In my garden at the moment it has been a bit like pulling a small thread and the whole jumper unravels! One of the things on my list was getting rid of the perennial sweet peas that were almost taking over a long border. I did that and when they were down I noticed the pineapple broom on the trellis had failed to sprout this year - definitely dead. Then when I was inspecting that closely I realised the trellis was getting past its best. So..........the whole border is going to be cleared, broom and a few other plants disposed of, new trellis put up and that gives me a new planting opportunity! I only hope the posts for the trellis are ok! And that scenario has happened in more than one area of my garden this year. I think it is going to take me all summer to get all the work done that needs doing!!!
I am definitely in the kill zone at the moment - I have my eye on a few shrubs that need to go.........