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Latest posts by blighty mam

Clear or green plastic cover greenhouses

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:42

I've had both covers - clear lets more light in as you can imagine but I have grown from seed many many plants in both clear and green without any hassle. The only difference is that the clear covers I've had seemed to rip quicker. I wouldn't bother spending loads of money on them as they only seem to last a year or two - or perhaps I am just unlucky!!

And although glass would be lovely, I too have a tiny tiny garden.  It's also North facing with one tiny sunny spot.. I have to take the greenhouse down each year and put the garden bench there instead. Simply not enough room for both a bench and a greenhouse at the same time, so for me personally I am a big fan of those little plastic greenhouses!

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:30

I've recently tried slug pubs and I think I must have tee-total slugs here because it didn't work, not one little slimy horror was tempted. I remember my mum using them and it was really successful with my dad's home brew, so I guess John Smiths isn't good enough!

I've now gone back to using copper tape around a few pots and slug pellets in some of the pots themselves. I only bother on plants the slugs love to eat, and going out at night with a big bag of value salt I bought from sainsbury's for 20p! Last night they were going for my newly replanted salpiglossis seedlings so I put a ring of salt around it as a quick measure and it's stopped them being munched any further. 

I also found trying to find where they live in the day useful. A lot of ours live under the shed and a few loose paving slabs (garden is a work in progress!) and putting slug pellets under the shed & stones really cut down the amount. They couldn't get out without being poisoned.

Good luck with your fight! Horrible things.

wedding cake tree

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 10:47

It could be because it's still so young. The other thing is to make sure it has enough water & feed with high potash fertiliser during growing season.  Am sure he'll get there!


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 13:17

Nice advice, but sadly I don't really think I want this around. I've a strip of ground that is about 2 meters wide and 30cm deep where I grow my beans and peas, and this is where they all are taking over. I am also about 2 meters away from the rest of my soil in the garden, and these spores can travel. I do not want a whole garden full of fungi, I don't think it will be healthy for my cat who loves to lay on the soil under my tree and plants and nor will it look very nice.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 12:38

 Here's the pics. Left alone for 6 days and this is the result!! It's completely covered with various sized ones. They can grow rather big, the size of half my hand.

Any more thoughts?! 

going on holiday

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 17:08

I'd leave them in the greenhouse myself, just in case. Frost last night, and I guess it may be another week or two until we're out the woods with more frosts and I don't trust weathermen!!  Hope you have a great holiday


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 12:55

I thought that too with the compost.. whenever I start planting each year I dig in some compost. My garden is tiny, so I always think it's good to replenish from the year before, little did I know!!   Don't buy B&Q compost, lol.

I am afraid I have no pics, as last night I pulled em out again and they've gone to the skip with other stuff this morning. They look exactly like the photo in the original post above, and until they've popped, as it were, they are little circles, like bowls, then they grow bigger and misshapen.  I may hang on digging everything out until tomorrow and see if the next lot have popped up for a photo. Tends to take 24-48hrs, depending on the weather.  Cheers x


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 11:14

Ok, not so happy! This is spreading like wildfire. It's covering the ground, despite me grabbing it and the huge chunks of soil around it with a plastic bag (so not to spread the spores). I think am going to have to dig it all down, lose my pea's and sweet peas and remove all the soil in this area as I also want to plant my runner beans there. I really do not want a garden covered in this fungus! Anyone else dealt with this? It seems to be feeding on the soil as I can't find any source.

Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 00:21

We found that no chemicals really helped on their own, had a huge and very persistent ivy in my better half's old garden, and we ended up removing as much Ivy as possible, then taking a saw to the stub of root left behind and just kept damaging it & putting the chemical on it then. I'd wished we had had an axe! Took 3 goes over a few months, but it finally died. They are very hard to kill and it takes some time.  Good luck!

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:15

I never found that with chilli pepper, used to sit in the soil quite nicely, even after rain. Potent stuff, didn't need too much!


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