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slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:18

Frogs don't eat veggies, they eat slugs and flies - we love our frogs 


You're not the only one who's sunflowers are suffering - for the first time ever I think I've lost all of mine   Mind you, I did rather neglect them 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 07:16

I'm loving Springwatch Unsprung as well - the new presenter Nick Baker is a definite plus   Worth staying awake for!

Glyphosate - possible problems?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:59

I remember as a child helping Ma to apply DDT to the Brussels sprout plants - totally harmless stuff, except to caterpillars of course - NOT 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:55

Welcome Marg   good to 'meet' you 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:53

Oh no Daisy, can't do tea in the morning   Never mind, I'll make you one when I make my coffee.

We get green woodpeckers around here too Chicky - did you see the ones on Springwatch last evening?

What to do with indoor Stargazer Lily

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:50

Hi Louise   Don't worry about being a novice, we all started somewhere and the only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask 

Your lilies won't flower again this year, but it should do next year.  I would take off the dead flowers and give the plant a good feed of fertiliser - I use Fish Blood & Bone on all my plants - use according to the directions on the packet.  Water it in and put the plants outside in a sheltered place - not shady but not too sunny and leave it there for the summer, watering when dry.  

Eventually the leaves will die down for the winter - all the nutrients from the leaves will pass back into the bulbs, giving them energy to flower again in the following year - that's why we feed them with fertiliser after they've flowered - to build up the leaves 

I leave mine outside all year round - I protect the pots with bubble wrap and put them against the house wall in a sheltered corner for the winter.  In the spring remove the wrapping and as I see the buds coming through the soil I move the pots into a sunnier position.

You just have to keep your eyes open for the bright red lily beetles that will eat their way through the whole plant if you let them - just squidge them.

Also protect them from slugs - I got some sheeps wool pellets from the garden centre and put them on the surface of the soil - the slugs don't like the texture so stay away.

My lilies are budding up nicely and will soon be bursting into flower. 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:39

Morning Fg  - more coffee anyone? 

Any idea what has been nibbling at my things?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:38

Look under the pots and under the rims of the pots - it's those sort of places that slugs and snails hide during the daytime.  

I'm giving my slugs some Slug Pubs - yoghurt pots with beer in, sunk into the soil - foolish things can't resist them and go and drown whatever sorrows slugs have.  It's not my fault if they can't hold their ale 

slugs, slugs and more slugs

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:33

No don't remove the leaves, what is left of them will continue to function as leaves and the plant needs them.  

Only remove leaves from plants if they're carrying an infection (bacterial mould type thing) that would spread to other leaves.

We don't get a lot of slug damage in this garden (we have quite gritty soil and lots of wildlife) but even here the slugs are beginning to annoy me this year 

Just remember, we're all in this together .

I think I heard that somewhere before 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 06:29

Good morning all   Yes, we did eat quite a few butternut squashes last summer, also  several Crown Prince squashes over the  previous autumn and winter.  Melon seeds also get put out on the compost heap.  I hope we get a good summer so whatever it is can fruit and ripen 

I've put a dish of softened stale bread out on the terrace - the magpies are feasting on it noisily and arguing with the wood pigeons about who it belongs to.  While we're filling the magpies up on starchy bread they're not robbing the songbirds' nests - well, that's my theory anyway 

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