Gardener Liz

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Talkback: Hostas and slugs

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 15:17
I was going to put a comment on, and join ", but the list of personal questions is endless, and before I had finished registering another questionaire popped up!

Here is my views on how to deal with snails, and slugs.

If you have a lot of slugs and snails in your garden as I have, and enjoy watching the birds and wildlife I find it best only to grow plants that snails don't like in the garden, such as Day Lilly's and Penstemon, Snowdrops and Daffodils. I do grow a couple of Hostas successfuly in pots, I find the best way is to surround them with copper tape or rings. I have also found Hostas, unlike other plants don't mind standing in water,so can be grow in an over sized deep saucer of water, as slugs cannot swim! Just make sure as the plants grow they do not touch the wall, or anything that can be used as a bridge.

Also worth a try is spraying a circle of WD40 around the pot. as slugs and snails do not like to cross this. I have used this on pots used to grow salad leaves, and find once the pot is sprayed the effects last for several weeks.

Hope this helps


Snowdrop Sam Arnott

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 13:55

Thank yo very much, One of the Nurseries on the list is only about 10 miles from me, and they do have the snowdrops listed. They are closed on Mondays though.I will get in touch with them tomorrow. 

Snowdrop Sam Arnott

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 13:39

Does anyone know of a supplier of Sam Arnott Snowdrops, in the green? Thanks

Holly Bush not very well.

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 10:46

I read somewhere that the leaves on an evergreen such as holly are never more than five years old, as they do naturally shed some all the time. However as it is fifteen years old and looks worse than normal it must be stressed, either  frost, which may have affected a flush of soft new growth( the couple of severe winters we have had in recent years won't have helped it either) or too little or much water. I would mulch it with well rotted compost, and also give it a good soak if the ground is dry. Hopefully it will pick up.

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