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Slug Pubs

Posted: Today at 14:45

Hi Tom. I use slug pubs too. Regrettably, here in London it is mollusc heaven and there simply aren't enough things eating them. As Fleurisa says, make sure the rim of your slug pub is sticking out above ground. Doesn't really matter what containers  - I use old yoghurts pots. They seem to like any old beer - I keep any dregs in a jar ready for use, but there aren't too many of those so occasionally I use the cheapest lager I can buy. It seems to work better when it has gone flat. You will trap plenty of slugs and snails on the first night. The resulting "soup" can get pretty disgusting after a day or so and will attract flies so empty them frequently. I just dig a small hole in a border and bury the contents. Sometimes I "bury" them in my compost bin, if the surface is close enough to the top of the dalek bin, but don't leave them exposed or they will attract flies.

Border suggestions appreciated.

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 19:18

good advice there from Flowering Rose - there are so many plants to choose from it is worth having a good look around and planning. Right plant, right place is definitely the thing to bear in mind! or you can do as I did when I took on my garden - spend a year or so buying things on a whim and watching in despair when they dwindled and died in the conditions they were growing in! after a while, I learnt to choose what would survive (London clay, shaded for most of the day by houses/ trees in summer, plagued by molluscs, but rarely frosted). There are still lots of lovely things to choose from but borders full of jolly summer annuals aren't really possible! The good thing about a garden is that any wrong decisions can usually be remedied (eventually!) but it can be expensive learning from your mistakes so do take some time to plan. Best time to get planting is coming up in Autumn, but you have time to look around and maybe choose a few key things to get in before winter .

It's also good advice to make the border as wide as possible so that you are not planting too close to the hedge - the hedge itself will suck up an awful lot of moisture from the soil so try not to plant right up next to it and incorporate several barrelfuls of muck before planting anything! Good luck.

Border suggestions appreciated.

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:29

how much sun does your border get?

Hosta care

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:26

second those congratulations! good advice from Biljie - they love water. They will go yellow and die back soon - over winter they virtually disappear and it's always amazing to see the buds appear again in spring, when they will shoot up (and it will be time to do whatever you do so successfully to protect them from hungry molluscs)

Could you identify this dying berry bush/tree?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:23

give it a  hard prune and it will spring back next spring! you can treat them pretty unkindly. Good advice from DF about keeping them in check. I prune the berries off mine. It flowers reliably in a pretty shady spot in my garden

Plants ID please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 00:38

think Joe is prob right re No 1. Not sure about No 2.... but basically, if you didn't plant it, it is prob a weed, and a thuggish one.

Crazy fungus

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 00:31

wow don't you just love it? I have a really weird fungi in my garden - it looks like fingers from the grave! gave me quite a fright when I first noticed it but doesn't seem to  do ay harm. Also lots of puffballs. I enjoy!


I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 00:26

still no luck with strawbs!


Posted: 30/07/2014 at 14:40

I am so excited. Saw a beautiful moth in the garden this morning and have managed to identify it as a Jersey Tiger moth. Now I can say I have had a tiger in my garden!

Help with my borders please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:43

chuck some annual seeds in now and you should have lots of flowers this summer - poppies, cosmos, whatever you fancy! You should have a riot of colour for a few pence. You could also sow some perennial seeds like aquilegias and they will flower next summer, also biennials like foxgloves. You're so lucky - I have to rely on perennials as annuals never get enough sun to get going in my mainly shady garden. And lurk around the "plant rescue" stands in the garden centres, B&Q and supermarkets. Look for shrubs and perennials that will come back next year. the discount stores often have bargain plants too. Good luck!

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