Latest posts by bookmonster

Why don't they grow?

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 09:02

Do you acclimatise them before planting them out? Not doing so can stunt them. I use a coldframe and try adn remember to open the lid in the day.   My kohlrabi was devoured by slugs, and the one remaining plant was that shell shocked it's not done much. I tend to plan several sowings of anything in case one doesn't work. Where are you located? Here in York I don't usually sow 'til late march and give them a good start indoors before planting out. 

self watering herbs?

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 08:51

I am the sort of houseplant gardener that kills cactuses, but because we have  local moggies and I have a food blog, a small indoor herb garden is a necessity. However, they seeem to need very frequent watering. Close inspection reveals they're all pot bound. Before I jsut stick them in bigger pots, any tips on 'self watering' windowsil herbs that would only need water once or twice a week? I'm forever overwatering seedlings because the herbs need so much. 

slug pubs

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 08:48

Whilst I am a  bit of an arachnaphobe I love having a healthy population of spiders in the garden. I am unfortunately catching a few in my beer traps, any ideas?


Posted: 09/08/2017 at 20:04

josusa47 the slug beer home brew works, and it's good fruit fly bait too...

Back Lawn to Wildflower Patch

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 10:02

I mowed mygrass short(it was already feeling a bit sorry for itself) and planted birds foot trefoil and clover plugs, kept the grass short while they established, and it looks great now. Just need a strimmer


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 09:52

Perki, try a beer trap,  reduces damage by distraction... I'm using a half buried milk bottle bottom


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:31

I may have to try them then, though I wish there were smaller packs, my veg patch is only 6 foot by 3. 


Posted: 03/08/2017 at 20:51

They're getting nothing but cheap stuff here, the amount we're getting through... Do nematodes help!?

walking/tree onions

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 20:03

Wow, pretty!

disappearing carrot seadlings

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 19:42

Yeah, I grow stuff indoors 'til it's a decent size then plant out with copper tape and still gets eaten by the slugs...

Discussions started by bookmonster

wool pellets

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Arg, slugs again

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white flecks

Windowsill Herbs 
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self watering herbs?

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slug pubs

how not to catch spiders 
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walking/tree onions

Well excited! 
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Friend or foe?

What are these caterpillars? 
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Are they nearly there? 
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any tips? 
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eating them green 
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Pruning Winter Jasmine

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Composting Cardboard

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first apple harvest!

Storage advice needed 
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you know what I'm going to say... 
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