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slug pellets

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 09:43

@joslow.. the pots and the slughs etc themselves... not the plants sorry didnt make that clear..

but on our raised veg plot hubby made himself this year.. he painted the inside of the wood with some bitchamen (not sure on spelling) on inside of the wood and the tops to stop rot.. and the slugs dont like it.. he has not had one slug on his patch this year.. so that is idea for raised beds..

but i made up some of the lard and salt rub last night and also did some with vaseline and put that on my pots and the lard i rubbed until crumbs and put round the plants in the ground.. will let you know how it worked going to look now while i think about it...

though bare in mind that this was a messy job to do..


Posted: 21/06/2012 at 09:38

gorgeous photos gary.. very impressive close ups.. i ahve not been able to get my camera to load up pictures.. it is drivng me mad.. dunno if it is the computer or the damn camera, managed couple other day on thread but that is all..

will get hubby who si techy minded to have a look tonight.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 09:34

@wintersong.. yes you are right.. any bit of space he allows me is good thou he was trying to get me to allow veg in amoungst my flowers... how dare he i did say "if you allow me flowers out the back.. you can have veg in the front" wasnt up for that was he so we are as we are.. i dont mind.. i just want a bigger garden my lawn gets smaller every year.. which i tell him is good less for him to mow each time.

@Gary.. your garden is beautiful.. love that deep red clematis.. and your foxgloves still looking dandy and  your confused view one is what mine looks like.. all colours together in harmony. 

what is that large green leafed plant by the back pole of the wooden frame work called..

Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 09:27

davidK .. that infor doesnt surprise me.. the cat down the road used to kill birds in my garden everyday.. i stuck spikes in the ground to stop them sitting under the undergrowth..that was t here for the birds protection form sparrow hawk to water spray and every thing else.. but the one thing that has stopped it coming in.. is the seagull nesting on my flat roof.. though i am getting fed up with them waking me up at 3am everymorning.. i will tolerate it as they keep it away

domestics cats are a damn nusiance.. not only taking birds but messing in the veg plot and digging up anywhere that has just been weeded out in ther.. they drive me mad..

do I cut back hellebores, if so when?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 15:29

that is good to know thanks obelixx.. sorry just popped on as saw this thread and i was wondering the same thing.


Posted: 20/06/2012 at 15:28

@sotongeoff... very impressive picture. not seen one yet.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 15:21

i have a pair that visit my garden all the time.. the one in my avatar it is.. and i dont is nature and they often take sparrows..but so do cats.. and to be honest they do prefer blackbirds..

had one yesterday nearly hit my kitchen window while chasing a sparrow..he had hid in the tree and awaited their feeding time.. thye getting clever.. but i ahve to let nature do its thing.. i cant feed some birds and not others.. they are all nature.. i have raverns come in to my garden and pick up the scraps let over.. they are big and brutish but they are nature...

i have seagulls nesting on my flat roof.. blooming noisy at 3am in the morning.. but they are nature and they keep the cats and rooks away... so good. and he comes and taps on my french doors when he hungry.. thou trying to se him perch on my window sill is funny and he is far to big..

if you are going to help nature along then you have to help all of it...


slug pellets

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 10:07

i was told about a lard and salt rub for your pots.. not tried it yet and a salt water spray.. mix up with warm water and spray them.. not trie dit yet.. but will be this week.. wil let you know.

Is everyone else's plants very late this year?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 10:04

My garden is well behind.. my day lilly has been in bud for a week now...jsut waiting.. and al my sumer bedding are not as big as normal.. i to have had to put some in compost bin and they just did nothing..

@wintersong.. glad it not only our french beans then..i was getting worried they were put out and have not done anything.. a few new leaves and that is it.. where as the peas have done vey well due to all the rain.. and the swede also doing well.. as is the carrots.. it has been good for them.. but everything else has struggled... kept out lettuce in the greenhouse this year..

also for slugs etc i was told by pold man down road..about making a lard and salt rb for the pots etc.. i hae yet to try that one.. when i do i will let you know.

Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 09:57

I have still had loads of birds in my garden.. i have to fil my 6 feeders up every other day.. and the 2 bird baths every 3 days..  thou the starlings have slowed down a little.. i still get sparrows, chaffinchs, robins (who are always fighting) blakbirds.. (they ahve lot of young this year and are very bossy) thrush, dunnocks, blue tits, coal tits, doves, sparrow hawk (nearly hit kitchen window during his chase yesterday) gold and green finches and wrens..

all feeding well and happliy..

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