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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

Wilting pelargonium leaves

What disease is this? 
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Last Post: 12/10/2015 at 12:23

What is this succulent please?

Label fell off and I can't remember! 
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Phalenopsis failing to thrive and eventually dying.

Lost 3, this is my last one standing... 
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Last Post: 11/09/2015 at 22:44

Lobelia/Pratia pedunculata or Blue Star Creeper

Where can I buy it? 
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Last Post: 29/01/2015 at 10:02

Golfinches have landed!

Best seed for them? 
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Last Post: 08/02/2015 at 19:34

Dreaded thrips

How can I get the better of them this year?! 
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Last Post: 28/01/2015 at 19:32

Clematis Cirrhosa

does it flower in its first year? 
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Last Post: 08/01/2015 at 12:35

Sternbergia Autumn. daffodils

Still no flowers... 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 16:23

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Any ideas? 
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Last Post: 18/10/2014 at 19:48


Best online retailer? 
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Last Post: 27/01/2015 at 13:12

Clematis Alba Luxurians

Why do I have to prune it mid. February? 
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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 21:31

Nematodes for thrips

Too late to apply in a sheltered London garden? 
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Last Post: 24/09/2014 at 14:49

Gardenia to be moved

From outdoors to indoors 
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Last Post: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Thalictrum needs a boost

Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Erodium Bishops Form

Has never re-flowered :-( 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:43
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