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Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:50

Have a look at our list of plants that slugs tend to avoid. However, we do say that these plants may not be totally immune to slugs. They're definitely worth a try though.

Something is eating my radish!

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:41

Hello LizG,

It sounds like cabbage root fly, which attacks radishes as well as cabbages. Destroy your crop without composting it and sow your next batch in a different place, then cover it with fleece. The pest enjoys the cool wet conditions we had at the start of the month. Hopefully it's not enjoying the current heatwave!

Emma team

May In Your Garden

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:14

Hello Rainjustlearning,

It looks like a white lilac to me. Have a look at these pictures, and see if they match up with the plant in your friend's garden.

Emma team

onion sets

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:04

Hello Kevin Merriman,

Sorry for the lack of responses to your post, please don't let it put you off! Onion sets do tend to go softer when they put out growth. I believe it's to do with using the 'food' contained in the bulb to produce foliage. Later, when they have foliage, they can use it to photosynthesise. Then they are able to grow the bulb and make the kind of onion that can be harvested. Have a look at our video on sets and Adam's onion blog. Unfortunately you've missed the boat for growing another crop this year, but you can start onions from seeds in the winter.

Emma team

cutting garden

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:30

Hello flora4,

If you want to cut flowers early in the summer and then enjoy more blooms later, you'd be better off growing perennials. They have the strength in their rootstock, gained over the years, to cope with being cut back a lot. You'll hear the phrase 'Chelsea chop', which involves cutting back flowers after their first flowering in May for a second display in late summer. As Kate1123 says, it's a good idea to read the seed packets for timing, but weather conditions will always make a difference.

Emma team


Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:01

Hello Supernanauna,

Have a look at our information about Lantana camera. It's a great plant for bringing a tropical feel to the summer garden. Enjoy yours,

Emma team

Talkback: Viburnum beetle

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:54

Hello Berghill,

Here is a list of suppliers of Viburnum plicatum. Many of them are supplying cultivars rather than the straight species, but cultivars often work better in gardens due to their breeding.

Beverley Jones,

There is a photo of the larvae in our feature on viburnum beetle in our problem pages. At this time of year it's the larvae that are causing the problem.

Emma team

Magnolia Grandiflora

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:33

Hello Gary Burgess,

Your Magnolia grandiflora is very small considering how large they can grow. Although you don't know the precise age it's probably still too immature to flower. Have a look at our profile of the cultivar 'Exmouth' for gowing tips.

Emma team


Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:57

Hello Chelsea fans,

As everyone wants to see colour, please look at our colour themed gallery from Chelsea 2012. I hope it gives you the colour kick you're looking for!

Emma team

Lavender from Seed

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:32

Hello joslow,

You should collect the seed from the seedheads when they're dry. Often the tiny black seeds just fall out in profusion. However, the slightly difficult bit is cold stratification. Cold stratification can be done by putting the seeds in the fridge for a few weeks before sowing them in a cold greenhouse in spring. Depending on the parentage of the seedlings, you could get some interesting new colours and forms as a result of growing them from collected seed.

Good luck,

Emma team

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