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Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:44

have alook at this list -

A good tip is to buy some wildlife friendly pellets based on ferrous sulphate rather than metaldehyde and start scattering them thinly on St Valentine's Day - purely because it's an easy date to remember.   Repeat the scattering every 2 weeks as you then get them as they emerge from hiberantion or hatch from eggs and before they can feed and breed.

This was advice given by a hosta nursery exhibiting at Malvern and featured on GW one spring.  It works for me and I have hostas and cleamtis and hemerocallis all over the place - all slug magnetes in spring - as well as salads and young veggies they like to feast on.

One of my helebores

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:43

Some of mine are like this and some have been in full flower for weeks.  They all need to have the old foliage removed asap as it shows off the flowers and lets the new foliage come through with a reduced likelihood of getting damaged or diseased by the old.

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 13:36

he isn't scripted by anyone else.   There's an earlier article where he says he says what he feels is right and is in keeping with his principles - this after a row where the Beeb promised teh chemicals industry he would also mention chemical treatments for pests and diseases and he refused because he's organic and they knew that when the gave him a contract.

Beechgrove this weekend

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:05

Just pinging this for anyone who hasn't spotted the change of schedule this weekend.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:44

I like GW too but increasingly find that Monty's style of gardening with all those rooms and hedges and devoted pond/compost/fruit/grass/herb/veg/greenhouse and coldframe  areas is increasingly irrelevant to most gardens and gardeners who have to juggle space and time and budgets to fit all of those in to a relatively small garden space with neighbours and boundaries and different soils and climates to consider.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:35

I always give mine a feed of pelleted chicken or cow manure as the flowers go over.  It's also the best time to lift and divide the clumps to make more of a spring show for next year.

It doesn't take long for their foliage to die down and you can't expect them to make energy for next year's flwoers if you remove or knot the foliage.  The leaves are a plant's food factory.

You can plant right up next to them and that will disguise the foliage whilst still leaving it to do its job.

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 10:18

Monty is absolutely right.  Why should the gardening public waste its time and money on plants and sowings doomed to failure while the soil and weather are still to cold for the majority.    The commercial growers just have to accept it's been a bad spring so far, take their losses and find ways to turn it round.  Over here in Belgium the nurseries and garden centres aren't selling much either because it's just been too cold to garden.

What they are doing though is organising a national "Open Doors" event this weekend with extra opening hours, demos and special offers to attract punters and an advertising campaign in the press and on local and national radio and TV.   Sharing the costs and spreading the benefits instead of apportioning blame.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:49

verdun - People grow giant veggies for competitions as a hobby, like some people grow prize daffs or roses or sweet peas.    It's all about plant husbandry and is a harmless way of having fun unless you're into sabotaging the competition's leeks.

I'd rather grow interesting and tasty veg I can't easily get in the shops but I'm not going to knock gardeners who like the big ones.

Fairy Girl - GW does indeed need to look at its focus and get a plan for being more relevant to ordinary gardeners or esle hold up its hand to being just an entertainment  gardening show and not intended to inform, educate and advise would be gardeners or gardeners with limited experience and/or resources.   The size of Monty's composting area is bigger than a lot of people's entire garden.

purple loosestrife and ragged robin

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:38

I had purple loosetrife on the margins of my unlined pond and have had to work hard to eradicate it.  It's invasive and not especially attractive.    Try growing eupatorium instead as it's excellent for insects and better behaved.

I have yellow and white (gooseneck) loosetrife growing elsewhere in dryer soil and happily expanding.  I keep the yellow one under control as it's not my favourite and I regularly dig up clumps of the white to give to friends.

Beechgrove Garden Goes National.

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 23:30

Another good programme with loads in it but no hurry.   I won't ever be trying to grow or propagate begonias or giant veg but some people do and the advice on getting long root veg by giving them a tube of soft compost to grow in could just as easily apply to anyone just trying to get a crop on ground that is otherwise too heavy.

On Saturday morning, Beechgrove and GW will be repeated back to back on Beeb 2.   I think GW will be found wanting in such close comparison and needs to up its game.

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