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Can I save them?

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 00:03

Thanks marshmello.  I will do that tomorrow.  Do I need to cut it back at all?

HELP:Starting from Scratch!!

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 00:02

oh dear I meant hot water, washing up liquid and a touch of bleach.  my bad.

HELP:Starting from Scratch!!

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 00:01

If you want people round the first thing is clean the patio.  Sounds like the lawn is basically ok, so then I'd work and out from the patio. Divide the garden into smaller bits and tackle one area at a time then it doesn't seem so daunting.  I'm tackling my neglected garden at the moment, it's an awful lot of work but I'm just doing one thing at a time.  You could try planting up some containers for the patio to brighten it up.  As for the tools, blairs summed it up.  I have a little trug with trowel, small fork, secateurs, scissors, gloves - some other things too, but the above are what I use most.  And then yes, spade, fork and mower.  For cleaning the patio I used to use a stiff brush broom and get a bucket with washing up water and a touch of bleach.  Worked wonders.

Good luck!



Can I save them?

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 23:52

After 4 years of neglect due to circumstances beyond my control I am back in the garden this year!!!  Consequently I've got a bay tree that looks very distressed.  Can anyone advise on whether I can save it and if so, how?

 I also have a lovely auricula which is somehow still alive.  If anyone has any ideas on how to save this I'd be really grateful:

 PS - can anyone tell me how to upload pics from my computer the right way up

Moving tomatoes outside

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:30

I bought some F1 Shirley from B & Q last week and planted them in big containers and stuck them outside.  So far they're still alive!  I'm in Worcestershire, so fingers crossed.

Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:27

It pays for us to use the site.  I just ignore it.  I'm glad there is a gardening forum as both the BBC and the RHS have closed.


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:44

Just posted on slugs in another thread.  I hate them with a passion and find that going out every night with a torch and picking them off really helps to keep the population down.  Other tactics are beer traps, making barriers around plants with gravel or crushed egg shells, I've tried yoghurt pots with the top edges cut into spikes; many say coffee grounds around the plant work and I've just heard about home made garlic spray which I'm definitely going to try.  Copper tape around pots is good, and very handy for growing those plants you can't seem to keep them off no matter how hard you try.

I'll repost with the link to the other thread you should find it useful.

Oh and although I don't have a dog I never use pellets.

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:38

This is my first post on the forum, hello everyone!!

Don't worry Slug Haters - you're not alone!!  There's nothing wrong in killing them, and I confess that I find a lot of pleasure in dropping them into a bucket of salty water and watching them squirm to death.  My partner and my daughter think I am evil but my son is already a keen participant in the nightly "Slug Hunt", to the point where he doesn't even wear gloves   I am afraid it is war and I will do anything to protect my beloved plants from these pointless parasites.  Sadly for me I seem to grow a lot of things the molluscs love to chomp.  In the past I have seen a coreopsis never even get going as the slugs ate the young leaves as soon as they appeared, I've devised barriers made of yoghurt pots with the top edges cut into spikes, I've saved all my eggshells and put rings of crushed shells around plants (not as effective as I'd hoped, that one)  and tried beer traps (again, not that successful).

I refuse to give up, however, and I do find the slug hunt very effective in keeping the numbers down.  I am intruiged by the garlic spray and will definitely try that.  At the moment I have an echinacea and an achillea that can't get going because the slugs keep eating the young leaves, so it's time for more drastic action.  I prefer crushing snails and leaving them on the path for the birds (I love birds) but it's always the salt water for the slugs.

Don't give up on the dahlias, copper tape around pots seems to work, and they're too beautiful not to grow.


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