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Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:58

I agree germination of these is slow but I have done them a few times now and ended up with so many I have been giving them away. They take really easily and I do get self seeded ones - if the winter isn't too harsh. I love them ! I was a bit doubtful when I read all the tosh on the seed packet about its requirements but just shoved them in my greenhouse -unheated and hey presto. Hope they do well for you.

Talkback: Slugs and snails and pussycat tails

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 18:57

I have done the salt thing but then you end up with a disgusting bucket full of goo. My child is a compulsive snail squasher since we started our veg patch. I'm sure I should tell him it's not ok but then I catch sight of my delphiniums and........I agree about the nematodes being of limited use. Last time I had them the instructions went on about the coditions they needed to work properly - honestly how tough can they be if the wrong weather upsets them. For slugs you can't beat a pair of big scissors and a head torch. I do like animals honest!

Why Miss Bateman?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 17:10

Bookertoo - was your red clematis called rebecca? I was very tempted to buy this one and held back thinking it probably wasn't red. 

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