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Slug resistant plants

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 17:33

I've seen Honka. One to consider.

I grow my choice dahlias in large pots on the patio & despite copper tape or rings, or both in desparation this year, they've all been well chewed. I doubt the tubers will be up to bother storing this year.

I do know about snails & crocosmia, but never had such a bad yr recently.         My Hostas are all grown in pots too. From the house they still look good, but paper doilie springs to mind when you get closer. Again, copper tape & grit on top of pots & snail patrols all needed.

I do reluctantly use organic slug pellets, usually around trays of newly germinated seedlings in the coldframes, but would prefer the visiting hedgehog to do his bit so tend not to scatter around other things. Have had to do a 2cnd sowing of some things already this week. Am also thinking about using nematodes again next year on the beds as it's so disheartening to see all work wasted & destroyed overnight.

Will certainly do the cosmos in large pots again. Yes, some losses, but at least have a decent show this year & they're easier to reach to deadhead. 1 solitary survivor in the beds- interestingly in a new bed excavated last autumn from the lawn. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:28

Kate, I would love to give in & snooze, but keep pootling around t'net instead! No cake in the house, have eaten the last biscuit & resisted the stash of Milka under my bed!

Have been checking out predicted temps for Austria. OH is going to have kittens if it doesnt cool down a bit before we go. Also if the temp rises here, will daughter cope with looking after all my 'babies' out there & in greenhouse?

The snails love the fence, the ivy, the front wall, in fact anywhere around my garden. I've even had slugs eating my almost ripe tomatoes in the greenhouse!! After this year I shall seriously consider using Nemaslug again next. Have used it in the past & ok it doesnt get the snails, but at least I get to keep some plants! J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 15:26

Nettles good for wildlife Becks. Butterflies, cant remember which ones, need for food plant for their caterpillars.

Am going to kill that 'b' hoover. Despite washing the filters etc it's still leaving dust trails everywhere from beater when use the tools. Never mind only in here to do now. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 15:12

Adult education perhaps? That's why I suggested voluntary side. That way you could find out your unknown likes & dislikes before committing yourself.

I know what you mean about someone being really thick. Have had to deal in past  with high flying parents of not so bright, but lovely & good at something, kids. Felt sorry for the little ones, the pressure they would be under.

BTW I routinely nurture rosebay willow herb seedlings every year. Also discovered that what I thought were self sown birdseed droppings were actually annual mallow plants!! Doh! Wondered where had put them. Havent pulled them all out.

Right, have been a real slob today. Hoovering of downstairs awaits & sorting of things to do. Then it's teatime, not sure what to do with the fish tonight, as only veg got is frozen & potatoes!  Then to get organised for w/end. J.

Clipping Box

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 14:01

Just did mine last week. Agree by end of August so the resulting new growth has chance to harden up before the cold weather arrives. J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:55

Becks- I know that you wont see this until you get back, but are you nuts shopping on a Friday afternoon when you dont have to? It's absolutely murder around here. Neighbours go about 2pm every week........ J.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:53

Think am beyond help Becks!

No, you. Does your local college/council ( latter probably unlikely these cash-strapped days, thinking about it) do courses for PC use etc? Age UK, the charity, may be one place to try as I think they do basic computer courses for oldies. Bet there'd always be someone around to keep Jess occupied too. You never know, by vounteering your services could lead to all sorts of contacts & even a total new career direction. J.

Slug resistant plants

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:45

Not Agastaches & even the Aceas this year in my garden, sorry. The latter are still reasonable, but look worse for wear.

Yes all these fine for me- Japanese anemones, Eryngiums, Euphorbias, hardy geraniums, Agapanthus, Erysmums, Alliums, some campanulas, Crocosmias, Penstemons, Antirrhinums, Fuschias, Veronicastrums, Verbena Bonariensis, Scabious, Calendulas, Phlox, Sidalcea, Violas, Sedums, Schizostylis, Day lily, Roses, Chelone (Turtlehead), Chocolate Cosmos, Heucheras, Dicentras, Thalictrums, Clematis, Ornamental Poppies, Mecanopsis, Lily of the valley.

The Rudbekias are just about hanging on, but not a single dahlia has survived, nor the Morning Glory & Black eyed susan.

Abandoned the sweetpeas & runnerbeans & salad crops- ha, forget it, but courgettes are fine, unlike last couple of years!

By growing my Cosmos this year in big pots I've not lost as many & at least have a reasonable show of flowers this year. Bedding- mixed colour Lobelia & Nastursiums are also untouched.

Oh well, have already got ideas for next year & need to source new Dahlias tubers. J.

 

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 13:08

Becks, bless you, but am a real duffer with computers. Honestly, one day I may grasp the way of doing more complicated things, but dont hold your breath. Few brain cells missing.

BTW with those skills of yours in explaining 'how to do' any chance of say doing voluntary work to help with CV etc? You may yell loudly at me if have offended.J.

 

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:34

Geoff- those instructions between you & Becks! Double Dutch to me!

Wont have any dahlias to store this winter. Slugs have really taken their toll. Ok a couple, in the pots, are sort of retrying, but dont hold out much hope for flowers. Doubt that the tubers will have enough 'energy' to survive & regrow next year. Is it worth trying? Have kept the names/varieties of the ones I'll want for next year. New beginnings & all that. J.

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