Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Organic slug control

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:20

We use Slug pubs in the veg patch, grit or the sheeps' wool pellets around precious plants in pots and sharp sand around hostas and delphiniums as they surface in the spring.  Otherwise we rely on the birds, frogs, toads and hedgehogs that are visiting us more and more now that we're providing the right habitat.  We get very little slug damage (fingers crossed).  

We have lots of the huge orange slugs but we leave them alone as they and their big black cousins eat the small slugs that do all the damage to growing plants.  The only plant matter that the big ones eat is stuff that is already decomposing. 

Joys of wildlife gardening

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:15

Incredible luck

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 17:14

Lovely Jim, absolutely lovely 


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 15:13

I've just uncovered much of the overgrown path in the front garden and strimmed the edges - OH came along and swept up all the mess and now he's got his bike out - he says he's in search of ice cream 

Gooseberry root

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 14:05

It will survive - it has other roots, although it may be a bit 'shocked' - I presume it has some fruit on it?  If so I'd thin them out, (use them for jam) to give it a bit less to do this summer. 


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 13:23

Have a lovely time you two 


I've just read back and discovered that Clari was off out for a photoshoot! I missed that   

Poorly honeysuckle

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 13:19

It's got the beginnings of downy mildew - it probably got too dry at the roots at some stage, possibly when it was still in the pot.  

Just make sure that the soil at its roots are moist and shaded - not soggy, but cool and as if it were in a damp woodland.  It will outgrow the mildew.  Probably more leaves will go grey/yellow and fall for a while, but it will survive 

Need some more plant ID's please

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 13:16
nutcutlet wrote (see)

A campanula, possibly the one someone posted on here last week

C. poscharskyana

Yes, I agree - Jack, it will attempt to scramble upwards, especially if there's something for it to grow through, but it doesn't really get any taller than 18" - 2ft at the most.  It's very pretty when it flowers, after that it's a PITA so I pull it out - it always reappears the following year. 


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:16

20.4C in the shade here - I've just had to change into cooler clothes - OH is getting the garden parasol out of the garage 


Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:50

Anyone seen Clari lately?  

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