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When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 20:38
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

If it's warm enough for plant growth I think evolutionary theory would probably suggest the slugs are following just behind?

I thought wind had got my Arum lily leaves but it was lots of small slugs eating the stalk making them fall over...I found loads tidying up a few days ago. It has been very wet and mild so they are out having a feast. I use pellets but I think it is too wet for them to work properly.

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 20:36
Forester2 wrote (see)

Mark 1963 - Your garden is for you to enjoy, so well done you for sticking to what you and your wife like best and not what fashion dictates.  

How true!

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:46

I really do not mind French Marigolds. I appreciate how easy they are to germinate and their splashes of colour that can last all summer. I am going to grow them this year.

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.

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