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Problems with Polyanthus

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 15:57

LOL! Good point Edd!

But I think we know what obelixx means

Problems with Polyanthus

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 15:04

Thanks, I give it a try

Problems with Polyanthus

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 13:24

Hi, the majority of my polys are looking really nice, they are on the patio and around the garage, up against a wall. However the ones out in the open in the garden in large square containers seem to look nibbled. I suspect slugs for that, but the crown of them don't look great. They seem to grow for a bit then die back, more leafs grow but always looking very stunted. I'm wondering if the slugs are using these as a salad bar! Strange how they have left the ones on the patio.

Any thoughts or ideas would be great.

Problem solving

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 10:18

There is also a good book, The Complete Gardener, by Pippa Greenwood

I find it handy has a good prompt

Where are the ladybirds and grasshoppers

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 08:21

Thanks all, lots of good advice there, thanks Meerkat for the below.

Magical Meerkat wrote (see)

Hi Mark,

Last summer my garden was fulled to the brim with chirping grasshoppers and some lovely speckled bush crickets. I left some parts of my lawn to grow from spring until autumn. I think they need long grass to complete their life cycle. The males seemed to love sitting up high on the fence in the sun and chirping away. So maybe you could provide some sunny places for them to perch as well as different heights of grass?

I can't help you with ladybirds though, I haven't had many in this garden, I am sure someone else can give you some advice. (I think the cold spring really effected the ladybirds last year) You could provide a ladybird house? and leave the aphids for them to gobble up.

Good luck encouraging them into your garden.





Where are the ladybirds and grasshoppers

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 15:38

It was great last year to see the butterflies back in the garden after the awful summer of 2012. But last year I did not see a single ladybird, and I have not seen grasshoppers and crickets for years.

Can you please remind me what I need to do to encourage these wonderful little fellows back to the garden. I do live in the country.

Neighbours not wildlife friendly

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 15:32

Hi, you could try sowing and growing a few extra wildlife friendly annuals, that don't look like, 'weeds' and give him some to plant in his garden.

FREE seeds to a good home

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 08:04

Morning Ian

Thanks for letting me know, hope you enjoy them.

sowing antirrhinum

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 14:06

Oh right! I understand now, thanks again nutcutlet

sowing antirrhinum

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 12:20

Oh well, Thanks Nutcutlet and Lyn. I'll know next time. So why did the seed company put on the packet, sow between January to March, surely it would have been better advice to say sow in March?

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