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Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 12:07

Copper tape around the tops of pots containing hostas works well - I nearly gave up my hosta collection as they were net curtains a few weeks after shooting - now they stay good very much longer.  The thick blue ones are left alone till all the softer ones are eaten, then they will have a go at those as well.  There is, as yet, not a truly slug proof hosta, just some they like less.  We never grow hostas in the ground - just a death sentence here, so all our collection is in pots.  Overall, they do well. 

Invasive Weed??

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:16

Quite harmless, and maybe protective in hard times.  Scrapes off easily enough if you want to - far worse things out there that liverwort. 

Plant labels

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 11:14

Given up with labels, blackbirds, squirrels, me - no chance really.  I do label in the greenhouse, well, at first, but then when germination just starts to race I think I'll remember what that leaf is - do I heck!!  Still, it's all good fun and pretty harmless really! 

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:42

Add  a chopped cooking apple to the fruit, usually helps with set - though pectin in quite OK - after all, that is what is in the apple!  Our grandmothers would have jumped at it, the didn't use it because it was not available, but would have done given half the chance. 

Is this Russian Vine dead?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:39

Let's hope so!!

lilly tree

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:58

As above, birds also will peck soft leaves. From the level of growth that you describe, I'd take a bet on slugs. Use safe slug pellets that will not harm wild life, or any other treatment for slugs that you prefer. 

Water Butt Issues

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:13

Add another butt to the overflow pipe once you have cleared it.  Probably dead leaves or other debris blocked it.  We run 2 together and it works well.

Cherry Tree

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:12

They are probably thirsty - and it is not so soon for leaves under pressure to think about dropping to preserve their strength for next year.  Leave well alone (sorry for the awful pun!)

can they live in pots?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:18

You can grow anything in a pot, but you must then do all for the plants that they woful do for themselves in the open ground.   Some winter protection with fleece will help the rots not to freeze come winter.  I'd suggest a mixture of John Innes 2 and organic multipurpose compost, with vermiculite to open it for drainage.  

help to identify

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:58

Hmm, if this is an intelligence test, I've failed - again!!

Discussions started by Bookertoo

watch out, watch out ……..

…… lily beetle about 
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Odd corrections?

Use of the English language! 
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Happy seasons greetings to all

Be joyful 
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squirrels and their cleverness

the unending bane of my life 
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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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For whom do we garden .............

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frosted lilies

any advice? 
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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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Flippin' pigeons

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