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getting rid of slugs

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:04
For me, the best way to keep slugs at bay is to apply nematodes early on in the season as this also kills all the little black ones that seem to do so much collective damage. Then I go out with a torch and a bag about 10pm most nights where I tend to find about 50-100 slugs a time - it is by far the most effective way of controlling them. You only have to do it a handful of time to really notice a difference.

The neighbours think I'm a bit weird but hey, they'll get used to it


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 16:51
Another clue that might prove helpful to identify is that the seeds are white! Does that help anyone?

Talkback: Growing sunflowers

Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:30

Can anyone please help identify these giants in this thread? 

Thank you!


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:11

Thanks Potty! 

I've been researching all night trying to see if I could find some images to see if I could identify this sunflower but as people just seem to use stock images it's proving really difficult! 

In my reasearch I did find these giant sunflower varieties: 

Russian Mammoth
American Giant
Giant Grey Stripe
Giant Sungold
Mongolian Giant
Tarahumara ( white seeds)
New Jersey Giant

I'm also finding that people call different varieties different things like mammoth, Russion Giant, Mammoth Giants etc.

Would love to find out once and for all! All help appreciated


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 20:24

Thanks for the swift reply. Yes indeed I've been selecting the best ones and will again this year. I like the sounds of 'developing a refined selection' 

You're right the Russian Giants do seem to look very similar however I've noticed a few other varieties that are similar. I'll grab a few links and post to see what you and other might think. 

Thanks again! 


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 19:37

A friend of mind gave me some seeds from a 10ft giant sunflower that mysteriously grew in his veg patch several years ago. Since then I've been growing them, harvesting seeds and continuing the bloodline however I'd really like to know what variety they are. 

The tallest one over the last few years was about 11ft and as you can see from this year's batch, they've done pretty well too. Any help in identifying would be really appreciated. 

Thanks in advance, 



How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 22:30
Frank, I just looked up the geraniums you mentioned but wasn't sure which one you'd most recommend I.e Jonsons blue etc. or will they all work well? Also I'm conscious that under the pittosporum it will get no sun, do they not require sun, and dry clay is ok? Fab if this is the case.

Thanks again

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 21:52
Thank you Frank that's brilliant, I'll give the geranium a go as it will really tidy it up and make the most of the space.

Thanks again

Plant ID's please!

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:37

Hi Nola, 

Thank you very much, no.3 is definately Sildalcea and No.4 could well be a Hellebore although I'm not toally sure, I'll watch to see what it does. 

Appreciate your observations.


How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 22:19

Wow, thank you all so much for your expert advice it's really appreciated. 

So i'm presuming a light trim now (July) is not advised? Also, I was wondering if I took out the bottom branches of the tree it would look neater and I could plant something underneath. And if so, what could I plant there as it's dry underneath and also clay soil.

Thanks again 

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Can you help identify these monster sunflowers please?  
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Plant ID's please!

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Can you identify this Dahlia?

I bought 5 of these today but the label just said Dahlia. Any ideas what Dahlia's they might be please? I know their not Bishop of Landaff because the foliage is green . Thanks in advance,  
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