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Hosta help

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 08:30

Oh, and as Verdun advises - keep areas around the hostas free from rotting vegetation, and handpick slugs on warm damp evenings.

This year I've also scattered suet pellets around emerging hostas to encourage the birds to rootle around and look for food in that area 

Hosta help

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 08:28

Sadly slug pellets containing metaldehyde have been proved to be harmful to wildlife .  Pellets containing the active ingredient Ferric phosphate are thought to be much less harmful and are the only ones I use. 

I also use grit around emerging hostas and have used home made garlic spray if a particular hosta is badly attacked.

Nowadays for borders I tend to go for thick leaved hostas which slugs find less edible and use copper tape around pots containing other hostas.  

The results are perfectly acceptable (I'm not a perfectionist ;-) )

If slugs were proving a real problem I'd use nematodes 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/05/2016 at 07:00

good morning all :) gdayPat :). On phone ( still in bed) and on phone so please excuse Typos. 

More meetings today. Hopefully I'll also get some garden time. Toms need potting on andust smarten up some lawn edges and put the weed & feed on front lawn.

Ill also make a spaghetti Bol in the hope that teenager likes it - she's not sure. (They all do don't they???)

anyone know what this is?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 19:59

I agree, that looks like a clematis 

Grapefruit tree seedling - leaf morphology

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 19:56

Looks normal to me    Ours flowered when quite small/young ......... wonderful scent 

Lilly beatles

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 19:25

I pinch and squidge.  -  I agree, there seems to be a plague this year 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 19:22

Glad to see you back Rb 

Zonked on the sofa now - good tennis session, great lunch with friend including a few Aperol spritz  Chatting in the restaurant until after 4  when I realised I'd have to rush to catch my bus.  

Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 19:08

Verdun   I would never normally have bought a dog of that quality breeding, and anyway I'd been looking for a bull-mastiff to guard the smallholding, but a labrador breeder/show person moved into our village and I saw Boss and his siblings when their eyes were just opening and again when they were about 6 weeks old.  

He waddled over to me and and sat on my foot - I was smitten  - Boss joined our family and stayed with us until he was a venerable 14 years old 

Invasive plant indentification

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 18:45

Definitely elder - it's not flowering 'cos it flowers on wood produced the previous year and you've had it cut back.  Use SBK Brushwood killer to kill it off. 

anyone know what this is?

Posted: 11/05/2016 at 18:07

Could your small leaved climber possibly have been an annual?   There are several - what were the flowers like?

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