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Talkback: How to lift and divide hostas

Posted: Yesterday at 10:44

Regular applications of wildlife friendly slug and snail pellets.   Start on Valentine's Daya s it's easy to rememebr and scatter a few pellets very thinly about your susceptible plants - hostas, hemerocallis, clematis etc - and repeat weekly throughout spring and into early summer and then again as needed.

This routine gets them as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and stops them before the eat your treasures and have the chance to breed.  Works for me.

This system also leaves alone the slugs elsewhere in the garden that do an important job of recycling waste matter and feeding hedgehogs.   Nematodes would work too but are expensive maybe so best concentrated on hostas in pots.   Copper tape around pots and susceptible plants in borders is also supposed to be good but is also expensive.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:37

It's better to put it in the ground than leave it in its pot where the roots risk being dried out from lack of water or frozen when it gets cold.  Give the pot a good soak first till all air bubbles stop rising then plant it and water again.  It will then have the best chance to grow well and give you some colour for a couple of weeks each season and then e disguised by its neighbours.

I had assumed you were planning to put it in a display pot with fresh compost and some TLC with regular watering and feeding.


ID this plant please

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 14:18

I suspect it's the damp that does it more harm.  I did have some and grew them in what I thought was a well drained spot but then we had a mildish wet winter and that was that.


Posted: 12/10/2015 at 14:17

I find the Wolf trowels very sturdy and their red handles make them easier to find when I put them down somewhere and forget.  You can pay more for something smarter but sturdy does it for me but for my hand fork I like a stainless steel one as it does well in all my soils which range from heavy clay to loam and well composted veggie plots.

ID this plant please

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 11:43

Not hardy for me but a friend grows some in an unheated greenhouse they built specially for alpines and succulents and which has two chairs and a wine shelf so they can go and sit in winter and enjoy their garden.


Strange problem....

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 18:33

Mine stuck around for a couple of weeks and drove the terrier mad trying to get to it.



Posted: 11/10/2015 at 15:25

Probably but I wouldn't.   They are short lived even in the best of conditions and only attractive about 2 weeks of the year when in flower.  The rest of the year they are desperately dull and need hiding by more interesting blooms and foliage - IMHO.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 10:21

There are lots of simple basic figures in cha-cha that she could easily have done and plenty more that aren't too complicated - especially if you have over 20 hours of private tuition with a world class pro and have rhythm and musicality as she does.  

He gave her far more to do last week and she managed it very well.  Anton needs to up his game.

Strange problem....

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 10:13

Quite likely but also the best one to catch it.  However, the foolproof method is poisoned bait.

Strange problem....

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 09:41

Pull the oven out so kitty can get behind at all times.   Using the oven won't harm it but the mouse will set up home in the insulation and that may harm your expensive oven.  I had one that did that and ended up having to use poisoned bait to sort it.

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