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slugs vs lilies

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:28

KEF.  Youve been at my whiskey again.  What's all this 27 business,  Then sitting and watching 14/7.  Naughty naughty.

Back to our friend.  So you have a love of lilies. Might I ask.  Are you a member of the RHS Lily group?  Now the problem.  I have been attacked.  Well actually some of my lilies have been.  Suddenly I find that a few of my stock have grown to around five or six inches.  Then suddenly chomp. I know it's not lily beetle.  However at this time of the year.  There are thousands of baby sails hatching out.  Also very tiny slugs.  Many gardeners religiously feed their plants. Sad to say in most cases such attendance is fateful.  However.  Regular sprayin against bugs, slugs and snails seems to go amiss.  When spraying, regardless of the spray.  Please don't forget the soil/compost.  Fair do's. Your plant suddenly is covered in greenfly or whatever.  You see slugs and snails here and there.  Having squeeged them off.  Dont forget to spray the compost as well.

Best multi purpose compost this year ?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:14

Hello Sarah.


Sad to hear of your probs with JA Bowers Multipurpose Compost.  I have at times promoted this product on this forum.  I use it all the time.  In fact in my storage area of the garden.  I probably have some ten or more 100Ltr bales.  I use it for indorr plants.  Greenhouse potting up etc. In the garden I will mix it with some bagged farmyard manure.  Then I remove any weeds from the garden.  Lightly prick over the soil, and apply the mix as a top dressing/mulch.  I can't say any more.  As a Pro.  I have found it the best.  Yes I admit.  I have had the odd bale that appears to have gone a bit mouldy.  Absolutely no problems.  Like as with so many things nowadays.  So much is marketed wrapped in plastic of some kind.  Probably if you or I were wrapped up long enough.  Who knows.  Perhaps we would be spouting mushrooms.  Please believe me.  The compost IMHO is of the highest value.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:03

Good points BEE.

Problem is.  Trees are so valuable to us and supporting wildlife.  Sad to say, and lets be honest.  Even the best of us can make mistakes.  So often people will spends vast sums, buying and planting something that's taken their eye.  Then in time, we find it's growing in the wrong place etc.  Even though I have a very tall conifer in my tiny garden.  Yes.  It's too big.  However to see it cut down, would, I feel destroy me.  Sorry.  Mike has deviated yet again.  Back to our friend's garden and dilemma.  If you intend to take up the chain saw.  Are you skilled?  Taking into account neighbours.  Are you insured for such adventures?  As Bee said.  You then need to dispose of the timber.  Perhaps finally.  So trees gone.  Now the roots.  Remember.  Conifers in general go two ways.  UP  and DOWN.  So the down part.  The trees have drained most of the moisture and nutriments from the soil.  Now your plan is to replace with fruit trees.  Especiall in their early stages.  Fruit trees are hungry beggars.  So a thought asto the soil.  OK.  I have no idea as to the area of your garden.  It is not for me or anyone else to pry into your financial affairs.  However.  This dream of yours, could cost you a vast sum, that is, doing it correctly.  Basically.  Cut down removal of conifers and roots.  A good analysis of the soil.  At the minimum.  Imported soil will be required, if only to give a minimal planting area for your fruit trees.  In which case.  I would suggest digging ot for eact tree something like a circle of eigt to twelve feet diameter. and around double the depth of the root ball.  The fill in soil/compost will need to be very rich.  OK, perhaps you only intend to plant a few trees.  However.  Please.  Before you start.  Sit down and weigh up some of the points I have raised.  Please accept our comments in good faith.  Also keep us upto date. Kind regards. Mike.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 21:37

What am I going to do with you three?

Dove's xoxoxoxo  reminds me of TV Katy of years ago, with her oxo cube advert

KEF.  What's wrong with being 56?  I was that age once.

Now YOUNG Orchid Lady.  A forty-niner.  I told you before.  No such thing as a stupid question.  As you tell me.  Keep on posting.

Actually I am not all that worried about my problem.  As the medics say.  It is not the 'C' that kills you, it is treatable etc.  My fear is.  I am a bit of a wuss, when it comes to blood, and being poked around with.  Then I think.  Well if I pass out at all.   I'd rather do it in the hospital, than fall flat on my face in the High St.  I am now waiting for a CT Scan.  I've had two ultra scans.  Then according to the Urologist, I will have to go for an op, and stay in overnight.  So perhaps this op will be done under a general.  My youngest daughter Amanda, mid forties.  She spends most of her life attendging hospital.  She really is a sick chick.  She keeps me upto speed with medical data.  She has a degree in Anatomy and physiology.


Sad to say.  It always seems to be the same.  My health always seems to get in the way of my gardening.  Being a bit unsure of what's what.  I am delaying seed sowing etc.  I must get around to posting some pics.

Many thanks one and all for your kindness.  Mike. xx

Identifying Seeds (Help Needed)

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:32

Try Paw Paw, sometimes spelled Pau Pau

Plant addiction

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:47

OK. Tin helmet on, shield raised.  Generally speaking.   Mike would not buy at any show..  Questioms/amswers on a postcard.

Buying seeds online/eBay

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:23

I think that ebay is a good site.

Regarding plants and seeds. I ordered from a couple of ebay advertisers.  Cheapand very fast service.

Tracey, any probs.  Pm or email meMike,

Human irrigation system

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 23:17

Hey!  My beautiful, wonderful friends.  Believe me, truly.  Ladies.  All these hugs and kisses.  The medics will end up gtreating me for high blood pressure.  In that vein, now in particular, do I find myself missing my lifelong mate, Valerie.

Thank you all so very, very much.  OK.  At times words can be written just as a matter of form.  Your comments and well wishes, really say so much.   Let's face it. Some forum members actually know each other.  The majority of us, only meet here.   At times there is a bit of friendly banter etc.  Concerning our mutual love...Gardening.   Whether expert or novice.  Our contributions are always taken in good faith.  Oh, how I wish that I could hire a hall and have a general get-together.

Back to my new problem.  Lets face it.  Mike is 74.  Lost my mate almost four years ago.  Have a loving two daughters and three grand kids.  Then on top of that.  I seem to have adopted.  'YOU LOT'  Blimey.  Mike is such a lucky guy.

In all seriousness. Ok amy kind of cancer is a blast.  However bladder cancer is for the time being, confined to a small pouch or pocket.  Mike is an honest guy.  OK.  In the past. I was a traffic cop, accidents crashes etc.  At times, plenty of the red stuff.  Whenit came to my red stuff.  Mike ended up flat out.  Now due to perhaps being on my own.  Suddenly seeing red.  No probs. Blood tests, now no probs.  Perhaps this old so and so is getting stronger in his old age.  Who knows.  Friends.  Please beleive me.  Your posts and reassurances really is appreciated.  Regarding my forum posts.

I sometimes ask myself.  Mike.  Are you perhaps going over the top at times?  Mention plants to me and we are friends for life.  Perhaps that sums up my often long posts.  Please at any time.  Tell me to shut up.

Once again my friends.  Thank you so very much for your posts.  For the ladies.  Love and kisses to all.  Gents.   A strong firm handshake.  Thanks guys.




xxx[for the gals]

Human irrigation system

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:15

Well folks.  This old timmer has been experiencing some changes recently to his personal irrigation system.  Today Mike underwent  some painful medical tests.  Tubes up here and there, piccies taken etc.  Conclusion.   Mike is a victim of Bladder Cancer.  I have some further tests and an operation to face.  However.  Now I know what the problem is.   So friends.  Who knows.  Perhaps this old timmer with so many answers, might fail to post..  Perhaps a goodwill thought, even a silent prayer..  Mike..

Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 23:02

Having supervised the care and maintenance of bowling greens.   Worm cast was always a nightmare. The shwising stick was the tool.  It was a long cane that was gently brushed back and forth.  Often used was, Mowran meal.  This was spread all over.  Sadly it killed the worms, some of our more valuable earth friends.

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