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Slug pellet removal...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 13:11

Chris .... you could consider mulching over them so that they are covered.

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:08

Hi All,

The only problem I have with putting slugs into the compost bins is that when I come to use the compost I'm concerned that I will be spreading slugs and their eggs on to the borders when I mulch with it.

Alan's new series

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 20:33

As others have said, far too many features in too small a space.

I thought the plastic flower / plant wall was awful ... and they tore down the 3 nice diamond shaped trellis panels that looked to be supporting 3 carefully chosen plants. This seemed to be the one bit of the garden that the husband had completed before he died ...so sad then that it was removed.

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:41

Hi Caral,

Many thanks for flagging this up .... I wasn't aware that it's use was illegal. Hopefully the application currently being considered will make it through. 

I first started using neem when I read an article by Carol Klein suggesting it ... and also using epsom salts as a plant tonic (which probably also hasn't been approved for gardening purposes either!)

 

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 07:50

Hi Nicola8,

Good luck with the neem ....I find it really effective in preventing aphid attacks ... but also saw for preventing sawfly on solmons seal and gooseberries.

As it's a totally natural product I've no qualms about using it.

 

Rose cutting from St Georges day?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 06:36

Hi Edd,

A couple of years ago we were at an open air drama / music event at Melrose Abbey.

There was an area in the abbey with about 50 beautiful single stem red roses just scattered about as part of the performance ... probably been there for at least a day. Also, it was late autumn ... so they are likely to have been imported.

At the end of the evening each member of the audience was given a rose  ... I was there with my husband so we had two. They had nice strong stems so I cut off the blooms into a short vase ... and put the stems into a trench in the raspberry beds with some sand at the base. I wasn't expecting them to do anything ... but they did begin to grow  ... so after 18 months I lifted them and potted them on. They had decent root systems. They are now in big pots on a sunny patio and are about to flower !  ...... I can't wait to see what they come out like.

So worth leaving your 2 and seeing what happens.

 

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 13:20

Hi Caral & Katherine,

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 with a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.

Worth a try.

Rose propagation

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 18:21

Hi Samantha,

A couple of years ago we were at an open air drama / music event at Melrose Abbey.

There was an area in the abbey with about 50 beautiful single stem red roses just scattered about as part of the performance ... probably been there for at least a day. Also, it was late autumn ... so they are likely to have been imported.

At the end of the evening each member of the audience was given a rose  ... I was there with my husband so we had two. They had nice strong stems so I cut off the blooms into a short vase ... and put the stems into a trench in the raspberry beds with some sand at the base. I wan't expecting them to do anything ... but they did begin to grow  ... so after 18 months I lifted them and potted them on. They had decent root systems. They are now in big pots on a sunny patio and are about to flower ! so I can't wait to see what they come out like.

So ... worth a try if you are happy to be patient.

Good luck!

Organic weedkiller?

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 21:58

Hi Lavenderlass,

You could also try a weed control flame gun. I find this really useful in controlling weeds in gravel. Very quick and easy to use.

Autumn nectar sources for bees and etc?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 10:31

Hi,

Just take heed of the information Dove has given re himalayan balsam.

Whilst the bees just can't get enough of it ... it is an absolute menace and it is illegal to plant it.

Be nice to see some photos when you're further on.

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Neonicotinoids and bees

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Companion thugs

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