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New addition to the garden

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 19:47

I was on holiday and out of contact when your message came through so missed the BBC news on slugs. Thanks for your comments though.  

New addition to the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 07:53

Best news yet thanks.

New addition to the garden

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 21:43

Hi Fairygirl, I once created a lovely pool in my cottage garden (sadly sold now) and the man next door was a great help in giving us advice. He ran an estate on the Gower Peninsular. We even managed to fill it from a natural spring just up the road.  On my North wall in my town garden I have placed a large sunken stone sink which is shallow, in the shade of a silver birch tree, alongside evergreen shrubs so there are plenty of places for them to hide. Blackbirds bathe in it every day at about 5 pm. Also on the patio there is a huge beaten copper circular moon pool with lilies, and I have placed a large stone inside so they could climb out if necessary. But there is no room for a large pool as I have given one third over to growing organic vegetables.



New addition to the garden

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:11

Thanks Bob, I am relieved as I have wanted more wild life in my organic garden. I do pick the huge slugs out of my compost container with a pair of tongs and drop them into a jar of salted water and often leave a plank on the garden and have counted as many as 14 underneath.

 I recently sunk an old clay sink in the ground with sloping sides and rescued a small younger toad this morning as he couldn't climb up the shiny sides. I've put a forked branch in now so that he can climb out of that if he gets stuck again. 

Pansyface, Re crawling under the gate, it's a proper door, but I was curious so I had a good look this morning and found that my builder had left a three inch gap between the public park and our new high wall so that could explain it.

New addition to the garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 21:21

I have a walled garden, over nine foot high and can access it only through a doorway. After solving my slug problem by planting the younger crops in copper circles,I couldn't understand how my lettuces were being devoured. When I folded back the old carpet on my compost container I found a huge black toad. Great, I thought he'll eat my slugs. We get rather a lot in wet Wales. Then I realised he may be the culprit eating my lettuces. Don't ask me how he got into the garden. Can they jump high enough to get out of the compost container and will it also deplete the worms in the compost. I found several huge fat slugs in there too so it's not feasting on those. I'm not sure what to do now.

The mystery of my Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:09

Found three new tiny ones in my hanging baskets on my upstairs balcony today so it has to be from my compost bin mulch but I will overwinter them as you suggest artjak thanks.

The mystery of my Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 19:05

Thanks for the tip Topbird. I actually didn't think of my compost - as everything that's healthy goes in to my three solid compost areas. It's quite possible that some stray VB seeds went in when I mulched all my pots last Spring. Well one mystery solved! I never keep potato or tomato haulms tho because they cause blight and I don't keep kidney beans leaves either if they've started getting rusty but we do shred our leaves and twigs as we live next door to a public park so get rather a lot. 

The mystery of my Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 16:41

For three years I have bought and tried to grow Verbena Bonariensis plants in my herbaceous border and last year managed to keep three in my middle garden border. However after the last rainy winter, despite protecting them with large plastic bells, one solitary pathetic 3 foot stem appeared and that was it. However by my back door, suddenly, instead of a white solanum climber, I have several plants with similar leaves. I did not sew them and they have popped up in various pots with other plants all over my patio - which is a few feet above my middle garden. This week one flowered and it was a V B so how did that happen? There is a wall dividing the two areas and I am completely mystified but happy too. I think I'd better pot them on and keep the pots in my gazebo over winter.The wonders of nature!!!

anaemic cabbages

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:13

Well thank you everyone, I am reassured. Kev I've grown chard for the first time this year in another part of the garden and it looks like rhubarb.I will have to look up the web to see how to cook it. I have to admit my veg garden is a bit like a hospital, as I am so keen to keep my husband and I as healthy as possible by eating only organic produce. I try not to use chemicals at all - even dishwashing liquid - if the adverts say it strips grease off plates - what is it doing to our skin? My butterfly net cage 6 x 4feet (courtesy of Two Wests) are reasonable and brilliant for keeping the white butterfly out. I sew the narrow ends on with fishing gut and use tent pegs to pin the sides down and I move them every year. As for the Green halos, Orchid  Lady I have built up 2 dozen, enough for one raised bed. The slugs can't manage to crawl over the sharp edges. After planting out my cabbages I find topping the halos with my own compost helps to stop the cabbages from rocking. They have lasted about five years so far and I've only chipped one base. One more tip - I'm told that if you rake the ground with a copper tool (Implementations) the slugs are not attracted to the fresh soil. I use little copper rings for my peas and large ones for my lettuces. I had my w iron man cut my granddaughter's old copper tank into several 3" bands and plant carrots and beetroot in them. 

anaemic cabbages

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 16:51

Best I can do. On the single cabbage it is easier to see the paler mottled inner leaves. I did remove the outer leaves yesterday to stop them acting as a bridge for the slugs but they were not dark as shown on the internet. 

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New addition to the garden

The mystery of my disappearing lettuces 
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The mystery of my Verbena Bonariensis

Tall stemmed delicate plants with vivid lilac nondescript flowers  
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anaemic cabbages

My cabbages are pale green and anaemic looking 
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Slugs and Hostas

Success at last 
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