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Slup pellets

Posted: Today at 07:57

HI All,


I can really recommend the nematodes .... I've got a large garden so needed to buy the 100 sq m pack. Not cheap but so worth it.


I applied during early May.


I went out the recently on an evening "slug hunt" ... it was warm and damp ... ideal slug weather. In the past I would have got 400+  .... the total caught was 8. The hostas have never looked so nice ... and the erythroniums were lovely this year too.


I'll be buying another pack for applying in late June. I figure that the cost is equivalent to buying a couple of plants ... so put like that it doesn't seem too bad if it saves things I've already got.


I also get to spend time gardening rather than constantly slug hunting. 

Progress update

Posted: Yesterday at 21:39

Hi Daniel .... any chance of getting the hovering back .... it was v. useful.


Ta

The Instant Gardener

Posted: Yesterday at 17:43

Thanks Gardengirl ..... only just seen your post so I'll have to catch today's episode on i-player.

What is eating my viburnum opulous?

Posted: Yesterday at 17:25

Hi Peanuts 3,


Try using a spray of diluted Neem oil ... it is totally organic.


See this link for further info.


http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil-insecticide.html


and this one for how to make it.


http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-insect-spray.html


I use it as soon as growth starts in April and I drench the foliage. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I repeat spray every few weeks.


Neem is best used preventatively .... but will work on pests that have already arrived. It  does not hurt beneficial insects. Only chewing and sucking insects are affected. The main reason is that insects need to ingest the neem oil to be affected, and beneficial insects don't eat your plants. However, you can still kill beneficial insects if you smother them with neem oil, so I tend to spray late evening to be safe.


It does stink a bit ... but is easy to mix up and apply.


I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again within a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.


Worth a try .... also seems to work well for lily beetle and aphids.

Lily Beetle !

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 21:09

Hi Frannerz,


Try using a spray of diluted Neem oil ... it is totally organic.


See this link for further info.


http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil-insecticide.html


and this one for how to make it.


http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-insect-spray.html


I use it as soon as growth starts in April and I drench the foliage. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I repeat spray every few of weeks.


Neem is best used preventatively .... but will work on pests that have already arrived. It  does not hurt beneficial insects. Only chewing and sucking insects are affected. The main reason is that insects need to ingest the neem oil to be affected, and beneficial insects don't eat your plants. However, you can still kill beneficial insects if you smother them with neem oil, so I tend to spray late evening to be safe.


It does stink a bit ... but is easy to mix up and apply.


I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again within a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.


Worth a try .... also seems to work well for sawfly and aphids.

Mara de Bois

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 07:59

My mara des bois also have loads of flowers .... so no need to worry.

Frost forecast

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 08:13

Frosty here this morning (southern Scotland)  ..... overnight temp down to -0.7C ... nice and sunny now though. 


Put fleece over the hydrangeas and a wisteria in a pot last night ... they got hammered last year by a late frost.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 22:18

Hi Nora,


Just to add to the things to be looked into ...


In the old version I could hover over the title to a thread and get the first line or so ....then decide if I wanted to click into the thread to read it or move on to the next thread. Don't seem to be able to do this now. It was really useful ... can it be re-installed?


I agree with everyone else that I want to be able to see several latest posts on one screen without endless scrolling.

An improvement?

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 18:22

Agree with all that has been said ....


Also ...on the old version I could hover over the title to a thread and get the first line or so ....then decide if I wanted to click into the thread to read it or move on to the next thread. Don't seem to be able to do this now.

Alnwick poison garden

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 21:24

When you get to Edinburgh don't forget the Royal Botanic Garden which is just stunning .... rhododendrons and azaleas out just now .... loads of lovely trilliums & epimediums ...   and the rock garden is just lovely.

If you are there on Sunday 8th May they have the annual plant fair!

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