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Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 10:36

Hi Katy - after battling the slug for ages, I decided to only get hostas which are mollusc resistant (yes, they do exist!) when I buy new hostas. Such as Sum and Substance - any hosta with very thick, corrugated, almost rubbery leaves are usually tougher than fine leaved, tender varieties which moluscs love to munch on.

Agree with the slug pellet debate - I hate the stuff and this year have cut out all pesticides from my garden as I want to help the bees as much as I can.

This means finding organic alternatives - copper tape I've never tried, as my hostas are mainly in the ground. What worked very well was watering the ground with slug nematodes (microscopic worms) which parasitise the slugs and destroy the, I haven't a slug in sight now since beginning of April. The downside is that to be rally effective it has to be done ideally Spring and then again in Autumn, as once the slugs have been killed off, the nematodes run out of food and die off themselves. Best to do a dose before the Winter too so they don't get a foothold then either. Soil has to be a certain night time temperature for nematodes though and be aware that they have a short shelf life of only a fortnight or so in which they have to be used - I but mine (called Nemaslug) online from Amazon as it's the cheapest I've found.

Slugs bury in the ground and come up at night, which is why the nematodes work so well on them.

Snails are another matter! I use the smallest amount of ferrous pellets I can get away with to control them. Any really tender hosta goes in a pot and generally raised off the ground as much as possible.

Hope this helps.

Which types do you have?

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 21:36

Ugh!

Where are you Verdun - Spain?!

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 16:26

Hi Verdun

I shall go and do it right now!

in the rain mind you - there's commitment for you...

But please don't get me started on The Weather!

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 16:12

Thanks Nut - will check green pods

All new to me! love them though - such wonderful flowers when they're all flowring in a drift together.

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 14:40

Good point Jo, thanks.

Yes, mine are new from this Winter just gone.

Can't see any sedling though - are they normally up by now or later? Mine are in a totally packed raised flower bed so if I find new seedlings I'd pass them on to gardening friends - no more space here.

Thanks everyone!

 

Rhubarb Raspberry Red

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 14:36

 

Acer advice needed

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 13:48

Sounds lovely

How about a Japanese minature weeping cherry:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/About-Wisley/Plant-of-the-month/March/Prunus-incisa--Kojo-no-mai-

I'd love one, but by the time I learnt of it, my garden was full!

Hellebores still flowering away

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:16

Evening

As I pottered around my garden right up until it got too dark too see this evening (usually the way), I nocticed that my group of 5 hellebores are still putting out the odd flower, as well as having some very luscious leaf growth going on.

What does everyone else do with theirs? Leave them alone for a bit longer or start to trim now?

It's my first year owning them, so I ain't got a clue!

Thanks.

Now I'm off to peer at the garden through the glass door, eagerly awaiting another day

Rhubarb Raspberry Red

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:13

Had our first crumble of the season yesterday - 3 long stalks of rhubarb from our pot - why is it that it tastes even better when you grow it yourself!

Twist/pull went very well Dove

Acer advice needed

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:09

THIRTY acers Osaka???!!!! You should be in this weekends Open Gardens event!

Well, if you think my advice is ok, then I am honoured, as you are pretty much an expert

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