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Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 08:00

We have giant snails here so I've been doing a lot of snail throwing 

The slugs now get chopped 

It's why I also don't grow too many plants which have soft sappy growth at this time of year. it's like Raymond Blanc's restaurant for them. Lilies are in pots with sharp grit. Much easier to keep an eye on them. Encouraging birds in helps but I do miss having a pond so that the frogs can have their fill. That will comelater I hope.


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 07:52

Morning all. Damp here so I got lots done yesterday till a friend came round then put my feet up. Rain was needed so everything looks nice and fresh. Glad you had a nice time Dove 

Off for a look round to see what I've missed


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 13:14

Do you have a cunning plan OL? 

Think you  may need one!

We're avoiding the rain so far but it's mighty cool. Managed to get all the way up to the dizzy heights of 11 degrees when I went out 

Compost, more pots and stuff purchased so will have my lunch and get on before the rain makes an appearance.


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 09:38


Dove - I don't know if it's an omen, but last night about half eight, I went to make a cup of tea. When I was at the sink, I saw a mallard duck on the roof of a garage across the road. I did a double take, thought it was a plastic one, then saw it turn it's head and there was Mrs Mallard just along from him - nicely disguised by the surrounding wall! Perhaps I need to wave my wand here too...

And is it Ariel - the Little Mermaid - you have MrsG?....


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:50

Hope you enjoyed your birthday Clari. 

I'm looking forward to 29  - you can tell me what it's like later in the year....

Have a good couple of days doc if you're looking in 

Better go and organise myself a bit. Lots to be getting on with.


What to plant

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:33

Scott's right  - clay's very fertile so it has huge benefits. It's just getting it workable and friable that takes a bit of time and effort. As Daisy says - if you have pots of annuals etc put all the spent compost into the beds. My local nursery sells spent compost cheaply at the end of  the summer. It all helps to improve the texture. Do you have a compost bin? If you recycle all your household peelings etc that can be composted and then added to the border. 


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:06

Morning Dove, Daisy and Verd 

Have a good time tonight Dove - we'll shout loudly to keep you awake...well, not me - I'll be asleep by about 9 no doubt 

Difficult Verd. I'm sure you'll manage - you have good people skills 

What to plant

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:58

I understand the problem well Len - living in Scotland, we have clay in abundance, a lot of rain and long winters so a good view from the window is vital! I'd improve it as much as possible and get some good structural shrubs in which will give you a background for other colourful specimens in front. If you have neutral to acid soil and enough depth to the area, rhodos, azaleas and pieris will give a good background and a bit of colour as well, and common old laurel will do the job too. Depending on the type of boundary you have, you could try making a raised bed so that you can grow a wider variety but that might be too much expense as you'd need a fair bit of soil and compost etc to fill it. 

What to plant

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:32

Hi Len. It's a common problem. There's no easy solution unless you want to grow bog plants or plants which like heavy wet conditions.  Clematis and Jasmine certainly won't like sitting in wet soil for long periods.The usual method of dealing with sticky clay is to add plenty of organic matter - farmyard manure - to open up the soil, compost and  grit, but this might not suit you. If you want to grow for the conditions look for some of the plants which like pond edges - ferns, astilbes, ligularias, caltha palustris, sedges (carex) aruncus, gunnera or darmera if you have room.There will be loads more  


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:14

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