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Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 15:53

If you find a slug that's dark grey with random spots all over it's a Leopard Slug - adults can be several inches long and really fat. See Google for pics. Please don't kill a Leopard Slug as it eats decaying wood and vegetation for starters and slugs for main course. On warm evenings I go on slug safaries with an old pair of scissors to snip nasty slugs - and I often come across my Leopards nibbling on smaller slugs and the remains of last night's kills.

slugs

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 15:42

I tried nematodes last year - following the instructions to the letter - and found they did zilch! However, shortly after the second application, I discovered we'd got a population explosion of Leopard slugs and so was really relieved that I hadn't been successful in wiping them out. I do worry that, in the understandable race to keep slug damage down, people are indiscriminately kiiling our Leopards. An adult is several inches long and, has a darkish grey background with distinct random spots all over (Google for pics) - AND EATS OTHER SLUGS!! They are our friends! If you have them, they'll probably have a regular 'patch' - one of my colonies lives near my back door and can be found trundling across my doorstep on damp nights. I never thought I'd say this but give slugs a chance - some are actually quite useful and interesting.

Inspiration and ideas needed

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 17:48

Just to add that now's the time of year when many garden centres have sales and reductions on their perennials and shrubs. One perennial I'd recommend for your conditions (similar to mine and it does v well here) is Brunnera Macrophylla Jack Frost - has lovely big, silvery leaves with forget-me-not like flowers as a bonus. It grows and spreads like a giant pulmonaria. Mine has got really big and shines out from under a rhododendron. AND I got it half price this time last year!

 

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 16:25

I have to admit to having dug up a few plants, such as a lobelia that was eaten back to a stump, potted them up and put them temporarily into protective custody in the garage (it's light in there)! I'm hoping that will give the victims time to recover a bit before I put them outdoors again.

I'm not sure if a cloche would be 100% protective because don't slugs also live below the soild and could tunnel up into the cosy cloche and nibble away in peace?

It's just such a dreadful summer and I do hope your poor dahlias make it through.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 16:37
ColinTheComet wrote (see)

It's coming the end of this year's series but we get an additional weekly gardening fix by watching Anns a' Gharradh. ...

In my last post I should've added that this delightful little programme is on the Gaelic language channel BBC Alba available on both Sky and, I think, Freeview (& BBC i-Player). It's on this week so why not give Calina & Eilidh a try, regardless of where you live?

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 19:31

It's coming the end of this year's series but we get an additional weekly gardening fix by watching Anns a' Gharradh. It obviously doesn't have a large production budget  but the presenters' enthusiasm is a joy, as are the gardens/gardeners they visit and the local scenary. Don't be put off it being in Gaelic - there are unobtrusive subtitles and some of the articles are in English.

PS we could never understand why UKTV Gardens channel was taken off air.

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 19:11

For the first time ever I tried nematodes about a month ago - most people give them rave reviews, though others think them a waste of time. For me, the jury's still out as I've been finding some whopping ginger slugs over the last week - though perhaps I'd have had far more but for the nems? Something that distressed me (okay, you might think this a bit pathetic) was finding several 'good' leopard slugs after applying the nems - I was reduced to relocating them next door to my ever-understanding neighbour. Another batch of nems has just arrived and I really don't know whether or not to apply them.

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 16:49

Hi Tattianna. Fish gills can be burned by chemicals, which is less obvious than some other damage so ideally repeat gradual water changes and try to increase the water oxygen. If you have an airator &/or fountain, turn it on/up. Definitely consider buying and adding a 'tap safe' water treatment, eg by TetraPond, as that helps sick fish. NB, even in drought conditions most water companies will permit you to use a hose to top up a pond containing fish - and tap water WITH the water conditioner is considered by many to be better than always using butt water. as it's fresher

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 19:59

Hi. I think you actually need to do a series of partial water changes over the next few days to remove polluted water rather than just dilute it. And, at the same time, add one of the tapwater treatments that are normally added to a pond whenever tapwater's added  - the treatment protects fishes' gills and builds up their slime coating, both of which would help them cope with this situation.

I had a similar accident some time ago and have put in a deep gravell border round my pond to absorb any future spills. Bets of luck to you & your fish.

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