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mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:23

I'm very interested in all your replies - I live by a fast flowing river, and always blamed it for all the bites I get.  But - I do have some containers with standing water in them, and those I use to stand plants in are shallow - they are cat litter trays which are just the size for my purpose, and are frequently topped up by rain water.  However, perhaps I should treat them - any advice would be very gratefully received - thank you.

Lupin from seeds

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:35

Apologies if someone has already told you - but there is nothing - nothing that slugs and snails enjoy more than lupin seedlings.  I have lost mine every year - this year I'm adopting a different strategy.  I am planting seedlings on my allotment and encircling them with a combination of slug pellets and wool pellets.  In my garden I am trying copper tape round the pots until they get big and brave enough to plant out - then I may still employ some other deterrents.

Perhaps this year I shall at least see one or two plants survive!

Good luck with yours.

Flowering Climber

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 17:50

Agree about the climbing rose - good choice, and would plant with a clematis Montana which are vigorous and need no pruning so the clematis would start off in May and the rose should follow a month later.

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