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Slugs / snails and Hostas

Posted: Today at 15:39

I've tried a few solutions to try to stop slugs and snails having my hostas for lunch, never with complete success.

This year I've applied copper tape to all the pots and, although it's still quite early days, not one has been attacked.  I would provide a word of caution though - when flattening the tape down use gloves.  The edges of the tape are extremely sharp and I didn't realise I'd shredded a couple of finger tips until I notices blood running down my hand!

Burnt grass after using weed and moss killer

Posted: Today at 12:30

I'm guessing that the 'rust' spots are a reaction of one of the components of the treatment with water.  If it's any consolation I have the same problem with some of the slabs set into my lawn.  I meant to go down and sweep the fertiliser off them  but never got round to it.  Then it rained.....  'rust spots' which will probably fade over time but I haven't managed to get rid of them yet.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: Today at 09:21

When they have programmes in the afternoon and the evening there is likely to be a lot of repetition.  I presume the expectation is that people will watch one or the other.  They don't realise that the old gits can watch both.  Either that, or they think we'll have forgotten that we watched the afternoon one by the time we see the evening one.

Burnt grass after using weed and moss killer

Posted: Today at 09:17

You've used enough to treat 600 sq metres, which is a big area.  How big is the lawn?  There's nothing you can do to remove the treatment now, so I think all you can do is give it a couple of weeks to see if the grass starts to recover.

Even if it had been pure fertiliser, over application can still burn the grass.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 22:57

That's as maybe, but Garden is also in the title.

Designing/filling newly created border!

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 08:32

Being so narrow, only 2 ft deep, will mean care has to be taken to ensure that plants don't swamp each other.  You'll need to create height differences along the bed rather than the more traditional way with low plants at the front, then graduating up as you move back.

Climbers shouldn't affect the ability to plant in the rest of the bed.

Designing/filling newly created border!

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:57

Roughly what size is it.  From the photo it looks about 40 ft x 3 ft.  Is that about right?

As it gets pretty much full sun all day, as far as planting is concerned, the world is you lobster as Del Boy would say.

Cheap Gardening

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:53

Many garden centres have an area where they put plants which have passed their best.  This may simply mean that they have passed their flowering period and aren't as appealing as other plants.  There are some real bargains to be had IF the garden centre continues to look after them properly.

There is one GC we go to regularly where the sale plants get just as much tlc as everthing else but the plants are discounted by up to about 70%.  Other GC's seem literally to dump them in a corner and hope some mug will buy them before they die.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 08:05
Shrinking Violet says:

So it's not just me, then!  "Best in Show" - hmmmmm.  A touch of the emperor's new clothes, methinks.  Rather like some very modern art.  Or music.  The cognoscenti extol the virtues.  Lesser mortals scratch their heads and gravitate to more pleasing arrangements, with more ideas that can usefully be copied/adapted.

PS perhaps we will one day have a horticultural equivalent of John Cage - he of the 4'33" "music" of silence.  And all of the above will wonder that no-one ever thought of it before.  I'm up for giving it a go!  All I need is a sponsor with more money than sense, maybe. 

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 Couldn't have put it better myself.  I suppose the gardening equivalent would be completely bare, flat land so we could visualise our own perfect garden.  Bound to win Best in Show!  I bet Joe Swift loved it!!!

Free design software

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 08:01

It's a question which has been asked a few times, but nobody seems to have found anything which actually does the job as well as just using a graph pad and pencil.

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