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Slugs and snails

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 10:04

I have been using the salt method for years but read recently that this might not be the best thing for other wild life if they should get to eat the fizzing slugs and snails before they are desicated? Still the early morning salt patrol has been serving me well for many a year.

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:09

Glad to hear that Monty's book is going to be a treat too. I shall look out for Carols book with a view to a naughty purchase. I missed the first 3 episodes of the TV programme only discovering it a couple of weeks ago by which time she had got to summer!! No joy picking it up on the BBC iplayer either even though it was on BBC4HD. Yet another snub for us gardeners!!!  Forgot to mention above that Alys' book has some lovely recipes at the end as well as a section on "fermented things"

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 13:03

I have just treated myself to a couple of new gardening books to compensate for the terrible weather ( well that's my excuse) and wondered if anyone else has come across Alys Fowlers book "The Edible Garden" It is just the most delicious book I have read in ages. I have got lots of great ideas from it and she is wonderfully practical and down to earth which makes you feel you too could achieve the wonderful mix of ornamental and edible display she has achieved in her small garden. the quality of the book and print, layout and photography is a delight and I shall be referring to it for years to come. It is the sort of book you can curl up with in front of the fire and dream with. The other book I got is The Ivington Diaries by Monty don; another treat to look forward to but my husband has snaffled that for the moment.

Advice on Pruning Mock Orange

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 14:20

Thanks for this Lorelel ?, I will give it a little trim when the weather clears up a bit and wait in hopeful ecpectation for next year. I agree with you it does have the most heavenly smell.

Advice on Pruning Mock Orange

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 22:20
  1. I have had a mock orange in a pot for a couple of years waiting for a new garden to plant it in ( was moving!) I eventually planted it into our new garden last autumn and although it has put on a bit of growth ( is about 3' x 3' now it is a bit straggly and has not flowered. Any ideas why it is not flowering and should I cut it back a bit to get it to thicken up???

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 18:55

Many thanks Gardening Grandma! I have just read your letter and it has spured me into writing also. I have emailed a complaint and had a very patronising and unsatisfactory reply. I will send a  letter to the address you have given above.

Aquilegia Seeds

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 18:20

Thanks for this Bob and Alina. Just as well I have just washed out all my small pots from earlier in the season! One of the many jobs I have found myself doing as I get outside pottering job withdrawal symptoms. Heavy cloud and now more rain up here in the north west so a job for tommorrow methinks.  

Aquilegia Seeds

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 14:20

I have an envelope of seeds that I have saved from the dreadful weather and was going to split the sowing as above , some this year and some next. My ? is should I sow the ones this year directly into the soil where I want them or in pots for planting out??

Slugs and snails

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 14:04

Porridge oats even the cheap ones ( own brand small milled) are supposed to work and although this kills the slugs does not harm any other wildlife that then eats the slugs like hedgehogs and birds. I have bought the oats and am about to sprinkle them around as I would have done with my slug pellets. Have heard this works really well. We actually have a small area of blue (yes blue) sky showing at the moment so will get out there and get scattering this afternoon.

Drowning fruit tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:14

Many thanks for this   Flowerchild, sadly I did think I might not be able to save it. Just hoping the rest do not go the same way. If we do get complete leaf fall I will try this. Still raining so am expecting the worst.

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