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Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:35

Well in damp Northern Ireland we are fighting a losing battle too. They really are picky blighters.  They've pretty much destroyed a lace head hydrangea I planted a week ago. My sunflower leaves are taking a huge hit too. Funnily they love destroying my basil and rocket but avoid the mints, rosemary and marjoram. The flowering buds on my lupins are gone too. I assume they've been having them too. But some plants arent being touched at all.  Copper tape on order so...

Apple tree companions

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 18:11

Thanks guys. Here's hoping. 

Apple tree companions

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 22:18

I planted a Braeburn Apple tree last year. My local GC sold me a Katya apple tree as a cross pollinator, explaining they are a suitable group to match with the Braeburn. 

The Katya apple tree has really come on well and has loads of white blossom, it looks really healthy and is growing well. However, whilst the Braeburn is in leaf and looking healthy it has no flowers at all. Is this normal? Is it possibly down to it being its first year in the ground, or does it blossom later in the spring?


surely to cross pollinate it should be in flower alongside the Katya ?

do both trees self pollinate anyway? 

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 00:37

Will do ed. Mines a kit from work. 

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 00:09

Thanks Dave. Yes I know I'm in trouble with it.  but it's a rock hard place situation. Ive planted a fair few small trees/shrubs down there, most took well. I really think two tonne of new top soil in a raised bed would be best but I'd have to move the shrubs and I can only assume you can't plant apple trees in a raised border, due to lack if stability. 

However, I do see the soil is terrible. Long meadow it is not, that's for sure. Quite depressing actually. Thanks for frank advice though. I will weigh up my options. 

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:04

I think the fact I smothered them in gravel didn't help. But thanks Verdun, I have a soil test kit and I'll test it tomorrow. 

I will spend the next few days lifting the gravel. Then I'll start freshening up the soil with compost. 

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:50

Ok, I guess you learn loads when we get going. I lifted the lilac earlier and it was mucky and soaked at the base. The soil in that corner is very poor, rocky and heavy and soaked. I put in gravel, then loads of compost and soil mix and replanted. We'll see if it helps. 

After  doves comment on shoots appearing from under the soil rather than on the stems I had a good look at the raspberries. They are dead...I mean the best tinder money can buy. It's weird as the black currant and gooseberries are going great right beside them. So maybe they were bad when I purchased them last autumn? 

Artjak I don't think it's a soak away . although it is very wet. I took a picture of the horrible soil taken from underneath the lilac. I just think rain ends up there eventually as the garden is sloped downward. I'm beside the mourne mts so our ground is damp anyway and being Ireland we get everyone's share of rain, usually.

Overall I'm quite confused now. Will I buy another raspberry and plant? 

In my minds eye I think a raised bed around the base of the garden to avoid all this damp soil, but that sounds like a big job. And I have some lovely trees growing away as is., how would you put the soil in around them. I'm not afraid of a bit of work, more of making a mess of it.



Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 17:02

Ah, well it would help if I didn't have plastic sheeting under some of the gravel then. Out I go to lift the gravel and sheeting. I didn't know they grew by underground shoots.  See, a complete idiot me lol. 


I just  lifted out the lilac that wasnt growing well after a chat with the local gc. The base of the hole was damp, quite damp. Terrible soil reàlly. I have put in lots of gravel at the bottom, then loads of compost and fresh clean soil and replanted. Here's hoping. Turns out the end of the garden is very damp underneath.


thanks for the help guys, like I say, it's been a steep learning curve this last year. All that plastic sheeting and gravel is going. I just got a quote from the gc.... £20 per tonne for screened top soil and will deliver for £30 not bad I think.

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:57

Not good so, curiously the gooseberries and black currants beside them are going well now. Do you think they're in trouble dove?

Surely these are slow or struggling?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 13:51

Yes he said the builder had left mix from making cement and it affected the soil. That was 12 years ago. Funnily that was in the side of the garden where the trees are growing well. When I planted I dug an extra large hole. Put in compost at the base and around the sides and then filled in the soil. I can't figure why one side is growing well and the other is poorer. Although, I watched breech grove garden recently and they were mentioning the smell of the soil. I noticed that the soil was damp, sticky, and slightly rotten smell. But I thought the compost would help a bit.   I'm going to remove the gravel and put in some soil mixed with compost anyway. I am pleased with the fact that most of the trees are coming on well. I planted gooseberries, buddleia, lilac  and two apple trees along with the suspiciously dormant raspberries. Nearly everything is coming on well. But the lilac and apple on the right hand side are not growing great yet. At least they're not dead! Would ,mulching be enough at this point if I lift the gravel? I assume digging  them up would be an autumn job if they don't improve?

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