Jess is in the Garden


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Rozanne geranium problem

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:02

thanks punk - had no idea! early days for me growing hardy geraniums - thought it might be that sun was too hot that side.

Frustration

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 10:46

thanks for making me laugh KJ

Rozanne geranium problem

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 10:44

They are 2, planted in a SE facing container where they have happily grown before.

Free-draining.

Not overwatered.

Flowering like mad since last week, but many of the usually green leaves have turned orange/red.

What's going on?!

Not dyingor diseased, I hope...

Shallots

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 10:42

oooh I wish I had a veggie plot I could grow onions and more in

rust on lamiums and rhubarb

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 10:40

I hate the idea of using more chemical pesticides as I've already dumped all my insecticides and currently have a bee explosion in my little urban garden

I have 2 lamiums, both looking very nice and covered in flowers (bees love them) but one plant seems to have rust coloured patches on most of its older leaves.

Rhubarb in a pot also has a coupe of leaves with similar markins.

Neither plant seems to be suffering though.

leave alone or use something organic which you clever folk would know about?

Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 13:25

Briiliant ideas Bookertoo and Daisy - had wondered how to use copper for plants in the ground! 

It really annoys me though that anything eco or organic or non toxic (eg nematodes, copper tape etc) always has to cost a whole fortune more than pesticides - doesn't exactly help nor encourage gardeners in this direction 

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.

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How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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does it flower in its first year? 
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