Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:56
I just thought it would be interesting to ask what others have learnt this year in their Gardens.
I have learnt so much the main thing has been if you plant soft herbs, veg and flower seeds the only way to really stop the Slugs and Snails is with pellets; and I do not want to do that as I love my very friendly robin to much. If you had asked me a year ago I would of said I would pellet.
Next year will plant these soft veg and flowers early, very early grow on large in the house and use pellets in the cold frame to protect them its a hard choice but hopefully when i plant out things will have a fighting chance. I think I will also plant everything out same day strength in numbers.
I have learnt even cloches or bottles over plants will not protect plants from moluscs: but radishes around lettuce seem to help a little maybe because slugs and snails only go for radish when nothing else available and radishes peppery smell keeps the worst of the slugs away, maybe.pity no one in my house eats radishes.
Nematodes only seemed to cause a mollusc population explosion and cost a fortune money would of been better spent on plant food.
I have learnt to check the airing cupboard daily when seedlings are in there to stop them getting leggy and at times twice daily.
I have learnt if you do not want it stolen chain it up.
Broad beans sown in Autumn give me a good crop and I think the earliness seems to help avoid black fly. will do this next year.
Hard fruit like currents, Tayberries and loganberries are the best investment fruit and veg wise I have ever made and although the Japanese wine berry only has small fruit who cares its so pretty. yellow raspberries are bland and do not look that appertising in reality even if they sound good.
Dahlias from seed are fun even if what you get can be random that's the fun.
And of all the strange things Chilli's, tomatoes and Dahlia seed make me the happiest and I must remember not to over water them or it sets them back.