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Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 22:54

Oh! Maybe I should read ingredients first then as trying to be more wildlife friendly this year...

sterelitza - I've noticed that the snails avoid most things with a tiny leaf eg: achillea, leptospermum, cosmos, artemesia etc and also I second that they dislike roses plus leaves that are aromatic like rosemary and lavender. 

I am about to apply my yearly dose of slug nematodes now that the soil has warmed a bit - it worked very well last year - slugs obliterated. Now just trying to tackle damn snails.

Apparently there are also hostas with rougher, more corrugated leaves, which these pesky molluscs hate, though I have to see it to believe it.

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 22:29

thanks obelixx - will try that! ferrous sulphate probably isn't what's in my bright toxic blue pellets then...

bird box

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 23:09

sunflower seeds? better than peanuts? i have no idea what blue tits like, as you can probsbly tell...

Blue Peter Moment! Reusing bottles

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 20:32

aaah Blue Peter - we're not showing our age at all really

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 15:04

I love Monty Don xx

bird box

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 22:02

love your pics gorby!

bird box

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 22:01

thanks Aliesh - no I don't feed the birds much as they generally help themselves to insects, grubs and worms, plus crab apples and variousberries...not many sparrows either now that I think of it...the odd robin and wren and blackbirds....

Neighbor waterproofing fence and my vegetables!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:02

If he uses chemicals like creosote to treat his fence then yes, they could leach into your soil when it rains, for example. That wouldn't be too great. Could you create a barrier say with a line pf bricks, for example, just along the back of your veg bed, where it borders his fence, to contain the soil on your side more?

The other option you could possibly consider would be to take out your bed altogether, and replace it with a ready made wood raised bed of the same sort of size (you can buy them for veg, or make them yourself). It would mena some work for you, but then since it's just a large, shallow box it wouldn't be prone to any leached chemicals from next door. Quite nice to have veg slightly raised up too, easier on you back and creates some height

bulbs throughout the seasons

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 13:56

Good point nut...I hadn't considered the leaves bit

Perhaps I should just cultivate as you say, then plant already sprouted sterbergias early September...I know I should post a picture (would help but camera on the blink!) but the reason i wanted to add some interest in autumn is that this is really a very mini, mini meadow, 1m square in the middle of a plum slate urban garden. Sounds a bit silly, but i really wanted to do my bit to attract bees and butterflies this year as much as possible! Apparently small meadows can work too! And whe the annual cornfield mix dies back late August, it'll look very sparse and very obvious where it is sited.

Yes I have a crab apple in a semi shady part of the garden, so I'll stick the cyclamens in there. I thought cyclamen hederifolium (which you also get in the Med) also grow in sun though? 

By the way, the mini meadow will be in full sun Spring and Summer.

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 13:50

aaah FloBear

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Do they usually flower? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2014 at 17:12

tools I no longer need

where can I sell them? 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 22:06

indoor palm

listless and poorly... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 16:41

Buying ladybirds or larvae?

A big con or good?! 
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Last Post: 06/03/2014 at 14:52

Met52 bio control for vine weevil

Not available to buy! 
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Last Post: 06/03/2014 at 14:51

Plant ID please

a present  
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 12:46

Nemasys Vine Weevil Nematodes

Is it too early to use them in the garden now? 
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Last Post: 16/02/2014 at 23:26

eucalyptus illness

what is this on the leaves?! 
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Last Post: 31/01/2014 at 17:52

Vine weevil evil :-(

What to do in Winter? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2014 at 16:24

Skimmia Japonica

hardly any berries and very yellow leaves 
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Last Post: 17/01/2014 at 18:37

Where are my snowdrops?

None have come up at all! 
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Last Post: 15/01/2014 at 12:47

Identification of a large bush!

photo included :-) 
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Last Post: 19/12/2013 at 19:53

what is this bush, anyone?

Winter-flowering bush 
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Last Post: 11/12/2013 at 17:16

thyme pruning

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Last Post: 07/12/2013 at 18:29

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

alternative plants please... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2013 at 17:56
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