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Poppy seed

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:04

I think the disturbed soil may well be the answer. 

I've spent years sprinkling poppy seed in the borders & hoping it will take. Most of the time nothing.

Last year we pulled everything out of a bed, dug it all over to try to get rid of the bindweed, filled it with bulbs & rose bushes.

This year it is totally smothered in mauve & purple poppies. None of the large varieites, more the wild ones that I sprinkled from the field. Still, it proves the theory. They'd obviously been lying dormant until the soil was dug over. 

I'll let some self seed but will collect dry heads & probably guess they should be planted in spring in seed trays.

buried snails

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 18:59

That's interesting FloBear, in that case I'm surprised we've never had one with the gap under & between the gate slats. The Fort Knox aspects of the garden are to keep a siberian husky in, so the gates aren't sized to keep tiny animals in or out. Mind you we stopped getting rabbits in when we enclosed it all safely for him. 

So maybe it's his presence & threat as a hunter, rather than the fencing that is keeping everything else furry out! 

The frogs will do me though, they should do a good job of munching slugs.

Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 18:51

It was an advantage for me as I sprinkled rose food around all of the roses & then let the rain water it in for me!

I'd normally do that second feed at the end of May/June after the first flush of flowers, but they've only just finished, in fact some are still in mid flush, so I figured feeding should be late too. 

I was potting things on inbetween showers too, so spent half the day in & half out in short bursts of energy!


I enjoyed my dinner thanks!!!

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 12:07

Slugs & snails have eaten all my baby cucumbers & all the growing points of the plants. They're just slime covered bare stems. 

It's a really bad year for us, they're loving all the rain. 

buried snails

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:43

Oh dear diggingdoris, I wasn't planning on leaving them in pots that long, but maybe I will! I'm definitely not going to rush them having read that....

I'm determined not to give up on delphiniums this time round. 

One ray of hope, I saw two tiny baby frogs hopping away from me in the flower bed today, so fingers crossed......

I enjoyed my dinner thanks!!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:38

Oh dear, that's just so annoying! 



How & when erisimum & scabious cuttings?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 09:46

That's great, thank you all. I shall have a go. 

Courgette Help

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 10:36

Mine have been very slow indeed this year & a lot of the baby ones have fallen off before being edible size, really tiny.

I think it's just the weather. 

The flowers are still on all the tiny courgettes on my plants but from memory I'm fairly certain they usually carry on growing once the flower has dropped off. Just keep an eye on it.

How & when erisimum & scabious cuttings?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 10:07

Oh excellent, thank you ever so much! That sounds easy enough. I'll deadhead from now on & take lots of cuttings.

Anyone know about the scabious? 



buried snails

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 10:00

I've found a few of the big slightly buried ones too. I really did go yuk when I pulled the first one up & saw all the white eggs below. Urgh. 

I got rid of them all carefully. They were in pots that had copper tape on, but is a few years old. I did find it worked fairly well until this year though. Unless as has already been said they can get across from foliage in another pot or drooping leaves. It's expensive but so are most non pellet options.

We have a small pond & slug numbers have gone down a bit even though we don't see frogs, we get frogspawn each year.

Hedgehogs are meant to be great for eating them, but we're too well fenced to keep the dog in.

There are lots of plants I just won't grow because of them. I'm determined to get delphiniums established. I'm growing them on in pots in the table from seed until they're big enough to cope hopefully though.

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