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Chris L.

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 21:15

Hi Bob, Thanks for your help with the comfrey fertiliser - I will try the weak tea

method.  I also use fish blood and bone when planting.

Chris L.

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:52

I have made several litres of comfrey fertiliser. Can anyone let me know the 

ratio of fertiliser:water ?  Also are there any plants I should not feed with this.

fallen leaves

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 20:29

I have tried the plastic bag method and whilst it works eventually it does take a lot longer than if you shred the leaves first and the hessian sacks keep them moist and are themselves biodegradable.

Talkback: How to deter slugs with copper tape

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 22:38

I have a lot of hostas and use a few pellets but mainly dried and crushed egg shells.I have been told that as birds only eat live slugs and snails they wont touch those which have eaten pellets. I also put used coffee granules down (use them fresh -don't wait until you have a bagful.) Also you can boil garlic cloves and spray the liquid on the leaves - it doesn't make the plant smell of garlic. 

fallen leaves

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 22:21

We collect our leaves in piles and then use the suction on the leaf collector which shreds the leaves. We put ours in hessian sacks bought from the RHS especially for this purpose so they get air, are kept moist and compost more quickly. We have filled 5 sacks so far and hope to have some good compost for next year.

Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 22:02
We have collected our leaves into a pile and then using the suction on the leaf blower have shredded the leaves and put them into hessian sacks which we bought from the RHS especially for this purpose - they are not too expensive and the leaves get air, keep damp and make leaf mould more quickly.

Sick Heucherella

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 21:39

When potting plants I use multi purpose compost, grit sand to help retain moisture and slow release feed.  I also mulch with gravel but I put crock and then gravel in the bottom of the pot before planting to prevent the vine weevil getting into the pot from the bottom to lay eggs and thus enabling the grubs to attack the roots via the bottom of the pot.  




Sick Heucherella

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 21:42

I agree heucheras are a law unto themselves. I have several varieties in the ground. Caramel does well and also splits successfully.  I also have berry smoothie - in a pot - for its first year and it is beautiful! I hope to split it successfully, in Spring as mentioned by Christopher 2.  I am also glad that your plant did not have vine weevil, though I must admit I have never seen little white worms! Ever.

Sick Heucherella

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:50

I agree over use of Provado can damage plants and I do only use it in spring and autumn.  I only use a small watering can to one capful - of course the larger watering can you use,  more of the liquid is  required but the instructions of dilution and usage are made clear on the packaging.  I have used nematodes but have a lot of plants in pots, including two auricula theatres so I prefer the Provado.

Sick Heucherella

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 01:54

 I find the best way to get rid of vine weevil grubs is to soak the root with Provado. It is quite expensive but a capful dilutes to a watering can full. I treat most of my plants in pots with this as I find it the only solution to kill the grubs - which do have a brown  head. If you remove the plant from a pot, wash the root and replant but make sure that you throw the old compost away as it may still have some eggs that have not hatched.

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