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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 20:00

Am I organic? No, not really as do use glyphosate & Provado sometimes. Getting more that way though, as find forget to do any repeat applications that may be due. Laziness too, anything for an easy (ha) life.

Do use copper tape & copper strips around pots & vunerable plants. Know that no point in buying fancy Campanulas at Tatton show- slug magnets in this garden. Have a couple of the very tall ones that do survive ok, but others forget it. Oh do have the rampant ground cover/scrambling one that always flowers & then we get torrential rain- this year as normal!

Never remember to check/redo the slug trap behind the hosta pots. Dont use the organic pellets that much- except this year, until I decided I didnt want any probs for 'hog'. Hope he/she keeps out of next doors' garden as it often looks as if got 'blue-spot measles'!

Ok, may try some more beans direct- once it stops raining, being a bit of a fair weather gardener. J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:34

Sow climbing beans? Totally 'p'd off with mine- only 1 or 2 plants managing to climb the wigwam, none of extra sown shown signs of germination - probably been munched beneath ground! As for the sweetpeas.....dont tell David! Am at the 'why do I bother stage'! J.

Growing morning glory in a hanging basket.

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:25

Kate- am growing some this year around the edges of large terracotta pots, filled with cosmos, so that they hang down over the edges. well that's the plan. Have chosen a more 'compact' variety, but would think any should work.

Pinched the idea from seeing them used in that way at RHS Harlow Carr last year. J.

Slugs and snails - help needed!!

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:20

The ivy is probably a place that snails will 'snooze' in during the day. Regular searches & stamping on any found is one option I suppose.

Nemaslug, nematodes, only tend to work on slugs I thought.

Growing treasures in pots, on pot feet & with copper tape around the pot rim does help. You can also get copper rings- supplied as strips- to put around vunerable plants when they are young & planted in the ground. Yes quite expensive to purchase initially, but can be reused every year.

Cheap porridge oats or bran regularly placed around vunerable plants also helps- but it does need replacing after rain!

Indirectly have discovered that crusts of Burgen soya & linseed loaf is a slug magnet! Put some out for the birds & they didnt get a look in- I did a lot of stamping on the slugs! J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:09

Well, we may have escaped the worst weather here today. Not tomorrow by the latest local forecast! Oh well, wonder if the remaining bean plants will survive a slimey attack with all this wet weather? & as for the sweetpeas........!

About half of my dahlia plants, in the borders have been 'got'. Wonder why some & not others close by? That's why my 'choice' ones get grown in pots- but even one of those has been attacked a bit. Moving it to another part of the patio usually helps them regrow new leaves etc- as if the slimey 'b's dont go that way!

Have sourced quite a choice of 'bar' stools, ranging in price from £25-£59. Tesco do 'a pack of 2', but I dont want 2! Wish Ikea had in store the one they've got on-line, it's almost an exact match, style-wise, to our decent (Nan's) one. Decisions, decisions- somehow I can see me not bothering & just keep reminding OH not to use the old set of steps as steps, just as a stool. J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 18:08

Hi from a 'not raining in Manchester at the mo'!

Have been out to lunch with a friend & the weather was rotten driving back home. But as we got nearer I realised that the roads around home were dry! Ok didnt last, but not been as heavy here as others I think.

Trying to find a new stool for breakfast bar in kitchen. One at Ikea is a possibility, but tesco have 2 for less £ & it'd match our existing one better. It was my Nan's I think & is solid wood & really nice. Whenever I get one I shall take the old step-down stool, circa 1970s & wobbly, to the tip to stop OH using it as steps! It's just not safe. Daft thing is also tucked under bar is a very solid fold-up set of steps that I need to get into top cupboards- not a wobble from them at all.

Have my next session of home- drug tomorrow morning. Oh well only another 7 to go! J.

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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 17:53

It's actually a lot brighter here in Manchester now. Yes we've had rain, but it was much worse Warrington way, where friend & me went for lunch. Bad driving back on motorway, until nearly home when realised there hadnt been any rain this end! That didnt last, but not as bad as expected.

Ironically I may have to water some large patio pots as they are underneath a very large tree, on adjacent land. That sometimes acts as an umbrella depending on which direction the rain is coming from. J.

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Posted: 20/06/2012 at 21:57

Ok, ironing done! Keep eating daughter's homemade biscuits, yummy.

Day out tomorrow with friend- total wash-out weather expected, but never mind.

I can also remember 208, gosh Tony Prince. J.

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Posted: 20/06/2012 at 12:45

Ironing sheets?!!! Daft I may be, but noway. Good tug/pull straight around here.

Am waiting for a few mins for suncream to settle. Spent a busy morning cutting back loads & completely filling the wheely bin. I do not put aquilegias, tellima, mysotis nor A. mollis into my compost! Well not any more- that's why have sooo many unwanted plants all over the place.

Happy birthday to Cody & well done G & Mrs G. (just worked out we're coming up to 36yrs next month)

Dont need another dress, 1 enough- just not something I usually wear.

All being well this little notebook will behave today- think/hope it was something to do with updates going on, even though no notification of that happening.

Ok, off outside to flop with a book- Dan Pearson's The Garden- anybody remeber that? J.


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Posted: 20/06/2012 at 12:31

Lunchtime in Manchester. Our sun is coming & going, Still am going to sit out with a good book, have put on suncream, hat & insect repellent.

Spent this morning filling the wheely bin with finished Aquilegias, Tellima & unwanted A. Mollis. Made a note to split/move a hardy geranium as just too big for its' position close to a path. Did cut it back too, almost gone over- literally. J.

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