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When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:49
KEF wrote (see)

I've had limited success with Pistachio nut shells, they don't like the salt. But my waistline doesn't like the volume needed.

I tried that as well -  a few weeks later I found a slug inside the Pistachio shell.

I did read a paper once on using very dilute salt water on the garden. Enough to kill/deter slugs but not enough to kill all your plants. I do think Garlic spray works but it takes months as it is systemic.

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 14:28

Slugs only stop when the ground is very dry or is the temperatures fall below -5C. We have had mild wet weather and there are a lot of slugs out that have  hatched and survived! So yes you need to protect.

 

Egg shells are a waste of time - as soon as it is wet they can crawl over them! 

Tropical plants

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 20:51

I just noticed your 12! I was also into gardening at a young age. My parents house had a great loam soil so I was shocked to move to my current house to find heavy clay.

I have a 2 and 4 year old and we have a competition between us to grow the tallest plant bought from the pack below:

http://www.jungleseeds.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d119_Top_Selling_Flower_Seeds.html

Perhaps something that you can try as well?

Tropical plants

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 20:27

I will 100% recommend Urban Jungle (http://urbanjungle.uk.com)

Also try:

Fillan http://www.tuckermarshplants.co.uk/

Amulree - http://turn-it-tropical.co.uk/

Jungleseeds - www.jungleseeds.co.uk/

There are quite a few but I can personally say the above are all great.

Summer Bulbs/Bare Roots Planting

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:34

Agree with Verdun - April is fine to start Gladioli. I just leave them as they divide and do better for me than lifting.

Unproductive fruit trees ?

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 09:31

I got no fruit on my Apple or Cherry tree last year as the late frost in April destroyed the flowers.

Removing stubborn ferns from rockery

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:55

I would cut off all the crowns and use a weeding tool to remove out of reach ones. Ferns do not come back when the crown is removed.

Summer Bulbs/Bare Roots Planting

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 20:52

I do not start Dahlia until April. Gladioli and  Echinacea are hardy for me so stay out all year. Agapanthus and Nerine are also outside  but with overhead protection to keep them on the dry side, the Nerine still in pink bloom now.

Can anyone identify this plant please ?

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 12:24

It is Pachira aquatica.

People are getting mixed up with the common names.

A new hedge

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:15

I would go for a mix of Hawthorn and Beech. Hawthorn for security-no one is going to go through a Hawthorn hedge-and Beech for winter screening. You should be able to get those for pence bare root.

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