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Runner beans -slug midnight feast!

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 23:54

Hello there!
Started an allotment late last year, which is great but I think may have it's own set of problems! I've grown runner beans in my garden, every year without a hiccup. I planted out some fairly healthy runners (that I grew in the greenhouse) at the allotment, but the whole lot have been eaten by slugs within a couple of days, leaving me with just a couple of stumps and the odd leaf on one or two. I won't swear here, but I certainly did today!

I'd scattered slug pellets, both organic (iron) and the blue nasties, but they did nothing to help protect my plants. Today I planted some more seeds into the ground and bought a bag of coarse sand and ran a ring of sand around the whole plot, a couple of inches wide and about an inch high to try and save any new ones and see what comes of the odd leafy stump I have left.

I guess am really up against it at an allotment? Any tips for allotment slugs please? I am beginning to think I stupidly planted them too near the compost bin, would it help to move them? But then the plot next door is unused and completely overgrown, so I guess that too is a great spot for slugs.  Slug pubs and pellets just don't seem to work for me, but just not sure what else I can do. Am worried about putting any more of my carefully grown other veggies out too, just to get munched. I've some ready to go in asap. Very disheartening!

Allotment advice

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 23:18

Hello, a few months on and am slowly getting there. Dug up some beds last year, and apart from thistle and dandelions, they stayed pretty clear, and been digging up some more of my plot   The problem I have is one end of my allotment plot is thick with doves foot/cranes bill weed, and it's so spread it's impossible to dig up, all those little white roots and all. I've sprayed some areas 3 times with glyphosate but it doesn't work on these weeds it seems (or dandelions, but at least can dig those out ok!).

Any advice/tips on how to get rid be much appreciated. Sorry to pop in like this and beg again for your knowledge!

Fungus gnats

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 00:08

I had them in a pot in my bathroom and ran cellotape around the edges and across the pot so the sticky side was facing outwards/upwards, and just left it. It does slowly catch em, nothing fast, but got there in the end ok.

Growing plants in sterile medium

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:09

I wonder why the hospital are being so strict? My dad, my mum, my brother and myself have all had & currently have cancer and have never been told not to garden. Just to keep away from other people's pets!

Interestingly found this on macmillans page and they actively encourage it!

Pleased it's good news with your mum

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 14:15

In between heavy showers today,  I've just pulled out runners, thrown away tomato plants and emptied all my lovely little pots of various flowers. This time of year makes me very sad! I love the colour, smells, the busy wildlife and the warm-to-the-bone feeling that summer brings. Never mind, Spring will come soon and the fun of planning which flowers to grow this year starts At least I've digging over a new allotment to keep me busy over the next few weeks!

Allotment advice

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 16:51

Many thanks folks, great advice and top tips! Just what I needed


Thankyou again!

Allotment advice

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 09:25


I've just got an allotment last week and am sharing it with a neighbour. She's in her 70's, so am going to be doing all the digging & prep myself. Am totally new to all this allotment stuff, and my friend is the same so we are not sure the best way to prepare the ground ready for planting in the Spring. Should I dig now and cover? Or would it be best to let the ground take in the rain all winter as someone else at the allotment has said? Would putting compost down be the best thing to if I do dig new beds this month? As you can see, am completely clueless! I'd like it not to be a mad rush in the Spring, but also, I'd like not to make the effort now and for it to be completely covered in weeds again by Spring! Any tips for a novice, be greatly received

Problem with squirrels

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 09:41

I love squirrels! But after they tore two Japanese acacia tree's to bits for fun, I understand you, grins. Chilli powder - they hate it. Used to buy it by the huge bag in one of those large Asian cuisine stores that are around and it worked a treat. Only problem was when it rained.

New nieghbours, new fence and eye-saws

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 00:01

Thanks Jenny 10. I didn't think it was illegal..

The height restriction of a fence is about 6" - if you put a trellis on top then you will be over the height restriction for most councils, as most councils will include the trellis as part of the whole thing.

Can go to talk to the council and explain that privacy is an issue and apply for taller fences - you can go much higher with planning permission. I would guess that this may need next door's approval tho.

You can always risk it as long as don't take the mick? Put a 7/8ft instead of a 10ft fence along or something. Breaching planning isn't a criminal offence and the worst they can do is to ask you to take it down. I see a lot of people with much taller fences around and there seems to be little bother. There are rules about taller fences that block views for road users or something like that (can't remember) but I should imagine the back garden wouldn't be a problem like that.

One other thought is growing bamboo. Only thing I know about that is that it can be vigorous with the roots and need to be contained. Good, natural screening tho!

New nieghbours, new fence and eye-saws

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 10:41

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