Latest posts by Bookertoo

slugs on the run

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 18:04

I've never found garlic wash very successful against slugs, nor anything else  very helpful to be honest.  I grow alot of hostas in pots so you can imagine the slugs think this is the summer barbeque for them.  The only thing I have found good is copper tape around the top of the pots - they don't cross that.  The odd one climbs the wall and falls into the pot, but the tape has allowed me to continue with hostas when I had begun to think I could not have them any more. 

Nematodes are great at the time, it is very hard work with all the dilutions, carrying of buckets etc., and they only work once.  As nature abhors a vacuum, when your slugs have gone, all the neighbourhood ones move in soon after.  I have used them for a particular patch that I might want clear for a few weeks for a special occasion, but quite honestly have given up on them. 

whats best?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 17:58

I have grown lilies in pots for many years, and some in the ground too.  With pots the lilies can be moved to somewhat sheltered places in the winter if your area is prone to hard frosts, and you can put a pot of lilies in an area where something hasn't quite worked.  After flowering they can be tucked away to be fed and nurtured until the following season.  However, unless you are severely plagued with lily beetle, as so many of us are, they are longer lived in the ground in my experience.  I have some that are coming up to 18 years in the same spot, after several years in pots.  One other advantage of pots, if you do have lily beetle, and prefer not to use chemicals on the whole, you can use something horrible for the potted lilies and nothing else in the garden.  We've had to resort to that a couple of times or have dead sticks intend of flowers.

Some of the smaller ones are good in pots as you can position them where you want to see them.  Either way, provided you can keep them lily beetle free and out of  the most severe wind they are pretty easy to care for. 

Something's been eating my bulbs

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:53

I've used chicken wire and prickly cuttings to protect mine, and it has worked reasonably well.  I have, reluctantly, come to realise I shall have to share bulbs to some degree with squires and pigeons, as long as we get there better share!   Pyracantha and holly twigs tucked around inside the pots do make the shoots and bulbs rather less accessible, you can still do this if you have some nice prickly plants to get bits to cut off. 

Need help germinating some old bulbs w/ pic

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:51

Add them to the compost heap if you have one, they'll help the next lot of bulbs to grow in a nice circle of life.  In the autumn, buy some new bulbs and plant them in decent soil at the time. 

Spring is Springin

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 22:10

Bitter cold wind, a really lazy one, going straight through and not around.  Many shoots of things up, but very limited inclination to work much out there, although the Spring bulbs are coming fast - lots of crocuses, iris reticulata, tulip shoots good and strong, daffs. started - but not so sure about me yet!


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 22:08

They are very hungry, greedy plants - one of the very few for which I actually buy a specific feed.  Everything else gets pelleted chicken manure, but clematis get proper clematis feed.  They need cool feet, and warm heads, plenty of air to freely flow around them.  Plenty of moisture  when there is dryer weather.  Some clematis are big strong growers, such as the montanas, and some are small, delicate little things.  Some don't climb and make lovely herbaceous plants.  There are nearly as many clematis as there are days in the week.  Something will grow well for you, but you may have to experiment a bit.

All the best with them, they are so well worth the effort. 



Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:00

Just as a matter of interest, beyond common courtesy - does it matter what gender anyone is?

Back to hostas, has anyone tried the 'white feather' one I keep seeing advertised?  I did try one but it burned up even in partial shade, so I never got to see if it went green later - anyone had success with it? 


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:57

I used to grow my hostas only for the leaves, but the later ones have good flowers too - and some are quite well perfumed.  The bigger flowers I now leave on, but do remove some of the older more wishy washy ones so they can concentrate on the lovely foliage. 

Iris reticulata not flowering

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:56

The birds seem to love the purple petals of many flowers, especially reticulata and polyanthus!  Maybe they think it will make them more brightly coloured when they are in the breeding season - especially the blue, great and coal tits who seem to especially like the purple flowers!!

Electrics in a Greenhouse

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 15:21

Yes, the cable was run through an old hose pipe, buried around 8 inches down, through the lawn, under the hedge and through flower beds, to end up around 30 foot from the house, ending in a double socket.   The switch and box are indoors in the kitchen, and a hole was drilled in the wall for the cable to pass through.  It is buried deep enough that - so far - it has never been dug up or hit with a spade.  I don't dig my garden at all except for planting, and i know where the cable is.  This has now been in place for around 12 years, and works very well to date. 

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