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Talkback: Hostas and slugs

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:10
Funnily enough, my slugs seemed to love the garlic!! I use copper tape on pots, remove the top inch or so of soil with the eggs in and replace with fresh plus new gravel each spring. Robin loves this as he comes to eat the eggs. Have around 65 hostas in pots, never done any in the ground as the slugs run hourly parades around the garden to see what has come up to eat. Did use nematodes one year, they worked - very, very hard work to apply - then of course, as nature abhors a vacuum, in came all the neighbouring slugs. Copper works, eggshells don't, nor does vaseline on pots etc., etc., not here anyway.

A weed or something nice?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:03

Adore this little blue anemone, it does spread around, delightfully - disppears compleletely when it has done it's thing, I allow it everywhere - up to you whether you do or not of course, but I think it is a joy and a delight. 

seedlings

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:01

Damp and warmth probably - seeds and seedlings need to be barely moist, not wet, and heat often just cooks them - nice for a woolley mould.  Sow some more in case these don't do. 

They are back

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:56

indeed, get the tea strainer out, we have also found a few - why can't they take a hint - better yet, how can we teah some of the birds that they are delicious to eat?  Mind, it is is possible that they are not, that colour doesn't usually occur on anything that tastes good to something!

Benefits of artificial grass for a garden.

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:52

We do need to be aware of advertisers on here, as if any serious gardener would use this plastic trash instead of grass - how can you have violets etc in plastic?  Glad they have been reported to the moderator.  

Bee news from The Beeb, Eu Ban pesticide

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:50

I too use no pesticides or chemicals in the garden, relying on nature and a tea strainer - essential for the capture of lily beetle!   I did use provado one year when we had to be away when all my dozens of lily pots were going be to at their most vulnerable to the red meneace, it did work, and as it was in pots did not spread among the rest of the garden.  I have kept it by me too not being a great belever in out of date nonsense, I would use it again should we happen to be away at that time again.

I do think we need desperately to do all we can to protect our bees, no insects, no food - quite easy really isn't it?  Since I went organic some 10 -12 years ago, after a pretty difficult fist year or two, things have settled well, and we have few really destructive infestations - but do have lots of blue its ( aphids) and ladybirds, ditto, aphids, blackbirds and starlings - slugs and snails and so on and so on.  The only exception is the darned lily beetle which nothing hrere recognises as prey - but I can often be found jumping upon them with great delight - our neighbours are innured to this peculiarity in behaviour at that time - minor in comparison with some!!

Help! Pest nipping the tops off baby plants

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:36

Cats do sleep sometimes!! Sounds mouse like, or worse rat like - I suppose as in the greenhouse unlikely to my immediate suspects, pigeons.  I wonder if there are large beetles that like to do thse things?  I still suspect mouses, in spite of the cats.  

problems with bamboo

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:33

They are quite close together too and look a bit dry?  Bamboo likes water, and space, depending upon the type.  Indeed they are preparing to put out new leaves, give them time, they should recover. 

Pruning a Privet hedge

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:32

It may also be less full on your side if the sun comes at a different angle from that of  your neighbour.  Indeed, prune hard later on when nesting is over, feed, feed and then water, water and then leave alone for a year or so - if it can recover, it will.   A year of lack of attention won't do a decent privet much harm at all - if it looks tatty now, it has suffered longer than that - but can be imporved. 

My neighbour has a lovely red rose that fills our side of the fence with lovely flowers, but not his, mine faces south, his, therefore,  north - so of course I get the flowers.  We have installed a fence with spaces between the lathes, this has improved matters no end for him, besides breaking up the wind instead of just causing it to swirl round damagaing everything.  

Is 12 inches a deep enough hole for a clematis?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:26

I think it is pushing it a bit, but both of those are fairly small so may well be OK.  Give them plenty of shade at thr roots and plenty of organic material to toot into.  Don't forget they are greedy plants and need plenty of feeding.  Don't forget Allonushka does not get very tall, so might struggle covering alot of space, but of course you may not have alot of space to cover.  Both lovely, enjoy. 

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