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I wouldn't mulch if the soil is very cold, wait for a warm spell and do it then. Mulch insulated to some extent and it's better to hold in warmth than ice
Vaseline round pots is supposed to be good as well but never tried it.
Old sack grade hessian if you can get it, some is close-woven and looks a bit smooth for deterring slugs.
Hi Dave, can't picture exactly what you mean but plastic and slugs go well together. Hessian is rough and might put them off
Mine do better in shade as well but I think in moist soil they can cope with more sun.
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That counts Patsy. KEF said my garden club counts so you course certainly does.
Mine disappears completely in winter
A partridge nested below our kitchen window one year and I was right there to watch the newly hatched stripey babies being led off across the lawn.
Never had that happen since and it was years ago now
I should manage some gardening tomorrow