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Casualties of this years slug explosion....

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 11:47

The thing I like about the nematodes is that you don't get that horrible slimy mess ... the slugs just die in a tidy manner underground. You are also helping to stop the next generation .... so hopefully less in future years.


I hate bringing plants on in the greenhouse only to have the eaten by slugs ... takes all the joy out of it ... now I've tried the nematodes I haven't lost a thing. I'll be applying the latest lot this afternoon as we will be getting showers later which will help water them in.

Casualties of this years slug explosion....

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 12:59

Don't get mad .... get even!


I was originally sceptical that nematodes would work .... but I'm now a total convert.


I've got a large garden so need to buy the 100 sq m pack. You apply every 6 weeks or so ...not cheap but so worth it.


I still do an occasional evening "slug hunt" ... if it's warm and damp ... ideal slug weather.                       In the past I would have got 400+  .... the total now caught is usually <10. The hostas have never looked so nice ... and the erythroniums were lovely this year too. I might even try growing delphiniums again.


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 more time gardening rather than constantly slug hunting. 

Dementia Charity needs advice and help please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:42

Hi Scott .... me again.


Just a thought ... it might be worth making contact with the Beechgrove Garden team.


They are always looking for community projects to get involved with .. and this would give tremendous publicity to your project which could be v. helpful.


Bee x

Dementia Charity needs advice and help please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:29

Hi Scott,


Sounds like a great project .... the calming effect of being outdoors in a garden are well documented.


Although I do live in Scotland, I'm also too far from Angus to be able to participate in person. However, I would be more than happy to donate seeds etc if they would be useful.


Best wishes ... Bee x

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 21:50

Hi Wayside,


I start when the leaves first come out which is usually April round here .... and I give them a good dousing every 4 weeks or so until end August. It's a quick job  ... and also seems to stop them getting attacked by aphids. 

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 13:01

Hi Wayside,


There's a very good chance you plants will be Ok.  I didn't have any leaves on mine but since using the neem I've had no gooseberry sawfly problems for the last 5 years ... and great crops of berries.


See this link for how to make the spray.


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


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.


Good luck ... Bee x

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 10:15

Nanessa & Wayside,


This is really easy to sort out .... try using neem oil as a spray (totally organic).


See my earlier post on this thread.


Bee x

pet companions

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 16:04

Hi Folks,


You may have already seen this ....  but has me laughing out loud every time!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw


Bee x

Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 13:17

Hi Folks,


Thought I'd try and lighten the mood a bit. 


The points being made in this thread about which generation has had it toughest reminded me of the old Monty Python 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch .... so I've just found the script


http://www.davidpbrown.co.uk/jokes/monty-python-four-yorkshiremen.html


Had me in stitches ...


Bee x

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