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decorative slate chippings

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 08:48

Thank you all, for very helpful suggestions.

decorative slate chippings

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 17:55

This isn't strictly a gardening question, but we have lots of pots and containers in my garden - largely because we can't dig large holes before coming up against bricks and other objects.    We have clematis and other climbers - also bulbs, perennials and small shrubs in containers.  Chippings conserve moisture, deter slugs, mice and squirrels and look decorative.

I want to find a smallish - 5 - 10kg - quantity of plum or purple slate chippings - to top up these containers, but have trawled through the web, and can only find 25 kg bags. Don't think we could begin to lift one of these, and if we had help to get it into our car, we'd have to lift it out again when we got home!

Any ideas would be very gratefully received. Thank you.

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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