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Slugs

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:19

I do hate slugs too, especially as I grow arge numbers of hostas, but I could no more chop them in half than fly!  I have found copper collars on pots helpful, some of the dry granular things help a bit, but grease on pots just doesn't do it - there is a wild life friendly slug pellet that works and doesn't seem to harm anything else.

Nematodea do work, are very expensive and such hard work to use, besides which, once your patch is clear, all the neighbours slugs move in so it doesn't last long as nature abhors a vaccuum!   I have been known to use them on a small area of ground I wanted clear for a while for a special reason, not tried them in my many pots yet, might consider that as the work in dilution and washing in may be slightly less - not at all sure about it though. 

Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:12
' even though a lot of gardening is not so different to housework.', 
artjak,  I don't do housework outside in the fresh air, with the birds singng in my ears, the robin poking abut where I am working, the sun on my back or the rain on my head, so I personally think there is no comparison.  Actually, I don't do housework, or at least do as little as I can possibly get away with, and that is remarkably little! 

I didn't hit the bold button, so don't know why it has come out like this, and I have not been able to get it normal from the edit area either - apologies I am nt trying to shout at anyone!

How tidy is your garden?

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:06

What on earth has 'should' got to do with anything ing ardening?  I don't do tidy, inside or out, lawn edges long ago disappeared under falling and 'leaking ' growth - lovely to see dark leafed celendine flowing out, ditto geraniums, pansies and whatever else decides to ooze out of the area I once thought they shoud occupy, to the areas they wish to occupy.  There are some things that can get a bit too energetci with it even for me, but bugle is easy enough to remove if I want to - and some of the places I have had snowdrops this year are incredible - I could not have planted them there.  Untidy? Yes. Delightful to my eyes and those of my famioly and friends -Yes - OK then, that will do for me too. 

DOG WOODS

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:02

I do tend to do mine slightly later than now, becausemof the chance of very cold weather yet.  Much dpends on where you live of course, as some areas will be milder than others.  April is usally my month for that kind of pruning, frosts after then tend not to be as hard or as long - so far anyway!

out of season plants

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 11:36

Just recently I have been poring over summer clatalogues, as I guess many of us have - and am faintly horrified, and very puzzled as to why anyone would want to buy summer flowering narcissi?  We all love narcissi in the Spring, such a lovely flower to end winter and get on with Spring, yellow, white, cream - perfumed.  Why then summer flowering?  Am I the only one who finds this wierd beyong anything?  There are other things grown out of season I know, but the daffodil advertisment just caught my eye and my mind today.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 11:23

Wwe will also have yesterdays left overs, or at least, I will - for lunch, will need to cook again for evening meal.  It was mushroom and pea risotto with white fish flakes, tasted very good  -  sad that we could not quite finish it all, but good for me as I get a lunch with no work attached. 

March in your Garden

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:40

Must say that here in the East Midlands I am not even thinking about seed sowing yet - that is quite a fib actually, I am thinking about it, but not doing it!! Learned in the first few years here that it was very different from gardening in the south and west where I had lived before.  Now rarely sow anything before April, maybe a few hardy things in late March in the greenhouse, but mostly April or even May for annuals, or I'd just have to do them again later.  

MOB rants

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:29

I was gently amused at whomsover said they she became a serf as soon as she begain to work in a shop  -  our local B&Q has the most delightful weekend lady, who always makes sure I know of any good plant or garden bargains  - I have  heard people be snooty about her, on the grounds that anyone who works behind the till cannot have much about them (their words not mine I hasten to add!),  she has two Masters degrees,  and is working on her third, has more education than most of her ustomers put together I imagine (me included), and never says a word to them about their silliness.  We have a good laught about it sometimes, just shows that what you see is rarely what you get huh? 

small bird watch

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:19

Our resident robin sits on an obelisk which has a feeder hanging inside it.  He furiously defends it, while yelling at anything that comes near him, but seems quite oblivious to the fact the blue and coal tits just go round the other side and munch away behind his back!  There are several other feeders about, but that particular one he thinks is his property.  He and his mate (I am assuming the aggressive one is the male from what I have read), usually nest in a certain patch of ivy on a fence near the top of the garden, and if i go near there he comes and sits on a pot and grumbles at me, maybe he thinks I am going to cut down the ivy - which I will, but only after he has done with it.  

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:12

It was a lovely day today, reached the giddy heights of +4 C, but there are many nights of cold to come yet, hard frosts and s strong possibility of snow - hold the secateurs aand the seed compost, keep browing the catalogues but NOT ordering yet - well, I suppose you can seeds, as long as you don't opent them!  Did trim some prunings from a while back to make plant supports, while listening to the robin telling me to fill the seed feeder before everyone came for the evening feed - so I did.

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Solomon's seal

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frosted lilies

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why are these wanted? 
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