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Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:14

Hi Ken,  All you can really do is move the feeders, then re-seed the grass.  It will take a while for the birds to adjust to the new location of the feeders though, so you could move some of the feeders first and then the remaining ones once the birds have discovered the new position.

Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 13:07

Huge slugs could be the Spanish slug, from which we are suffering an invasion:

I've pre-ordered a nemaslug 'planned programme', so will be sent 6 lots of live nematodes at 6 week intervals.  It's expensive but this is war!


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:55

Hi galest, what I was trying to say is that each individual plant of this cultivar will very likely vary, some being darker than others.  You will probably find that if you buy several from the same supplier, they will be the same though (as propagated from the same stock plant), but one bought from another supplier will be slightly different. The stuff about internet colours was incidental.

Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 10:50

No mercy for slugs around here.  I use nasty metaldehyde pellets in places wildlife can't get to, organic pellets, beer traps, snipping with secateurs, slug nematodes, garlic spray, salt and any other inventive ideas folk come up with.  I tried leaving it to nature for a couple of years and I'm not going back to having a devastated garden, or spending 3 months raising plants only to have them destroyed in a single night!

Even with the above full-blown assault, I still can't grow hostas.  Good job I don't find them particularly attractive!

Copper rings, vaseline, eggshells, sharp grit (even tried crushed glass once) and a myriad of other 'slug deterrents', including expensive commercial ones have absolutely no detectable effect for me, unfortunately.

Do we 'clay gardeners' have more of a problem with slugs than other soil types?  There's anecdotal evidence for this which I've read on various forums over the years, but I'd love to see an actual poll done.


Posted: 02/02/2013 at 10:08

Actually, Dove, there are scientific scales for measuring 'true' colours.  It's just not possible to do it by looking at a photo.


Posted: 01/02/2013 at 21:03

I'm almost certain that they vary between those shades.  Also remember that pictures on the internet are never 'true' colours - so much depends on the monitor you are using, graphics settings and the camera used to take the original picture.  They only way to be certain is to buy one in bloom from a GC etc.


Posted: 31/01/2013 at 22:25

It's best to mix wood shavings and sawdust with green stuff and compost it before use.  The microbes which break down woody matter need nitrogen to do so and will take it from the soil if you dig it in.  It's OK as a surface mulch to help stop the soil drying out, but I wouldn't dig it directly into to a veg plot.

Pear Tree Pruning

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 18:48

I would lop the top off, probably at the same height as the garage roof.  Cut the main trunk just above a bud or upward-pointing side branch, which will then become the new 'leader'.  Each year in the Winter, cut back the new 'leader' to the lowest bud on the new wood and you will keep the height under control.

Gardeners Click

Posted: 30/01/2013 at 18:47

When I read the title I thought it would be about the noise my bones make after all these years of toil in the garden.  Now that's what I call Gardeners Click!

Red Robin Shrub

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 23:55

Hi Leanne, the first thing to do is try and identify which type it is.  There are evergreen and deciduous types of Photinia.  If it has lost its leaves, it is a deciduous type and can be pruned now while it is dormant. If it is evergreen, best prune in spring or summer.  The good news is that whatever type it is, you can cut it back hard if it is really overgrown and it will grow back.  Always cut to an outward facing bud.  Keep it in shape by trimming the new shoots when they reach the size you want.  As new shoots can be damaged by frost, I would err on the side of caution and delay cutting it back until the danger of frost has passed.

If it is an evergreen one, see here:

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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