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Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 10:16

Apart from wildlife friendly slug pellets at time of planting veggie plugs I leave our veggies to their fate too and rely on birds to pick off the caterpillars.  No spraying and no nets and regular hoeing.

However in the ornamental garden I do use the slug pellets round hostas and daylilies and daffs and clems.  I start on Valentine's Day as it's an easy date to remember and just scatter a few of the organic pellets round the susceptible plants.   I then repeat weekly till they're all big enough to cope by themselves.

Personal Photo storage

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 11:51

We have had photo gallery threads in the past where people post links to their garden photos which they've usually stored on something like Phoobucket..

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 10:11

I like zips for chocolate but then I do buy chocolate chips in 2.5 kilo bags.

Mini plastic greenhouses - I've had 5 in all from different manufacturers and in different sizes and none have withstood more than half a spring gale without blowing over or losing their top or getting their frame bent or broken.   I now use the racks topless for stacking plant pots.

Bulb planters - when the soil is fit for them to be useable it's just as easy to use a trowel.  When it's not the soil either clags and sticks and won't come out or else it's too stiff to turn and twists the wrist or the handle and, in any case, I like to put daffs and tulips and alliums deeper out of harm's way.

Min max thermometers that die at -20C.

Holey jeans - the hole is usually at the knee so no good for gardening on my knees which is how I do close weeding and planting out of smaller plants.


An open note to all Shops big and small,

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 17:56

I went to Chelsea 2013 in a wheelchair as my new feet weren't yet up to a day on crutches.  Most people were incredibly kind and helpful about letting me get to the front to see gardens and displays both outside and in the floral marquee but some were really stupid and unpleasant.   I also found most of the big gardens very difficult to see from wheelchair height and one had actually put up a bar fence at wheelchair eye height!

Negotiating the tube was an eye opener - plenty of stations with lifts but all still with some stairs to negotiate before getting to the platform.  If I'd been a real invalid it would have been impossible.

Earlier on I went to a big building and renovation exhibition in Brussels and found most of the exhibits inaccessible because of narrow accesses or hard to negotiate bumps up where they had installed fancy flooring.   Negotiating Antwerp on crutches in sleet and snow wasn't fun either with people rushing past and knocking me off balance.

Viewing the world at general bum height is an eye opener too but for other reasons!

I know old buildings can be hard to convert but all new and recent buildings designed for public access from offices to shops to museums, cafés, restaurants and so forth really need to take disabled access and toilets into account right from the start.   Disability could happen to any of us on a temporary or permanent basis and is hard enough to cope with without unnecessary obstacles and lack of consideration from others.

Native alternative?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 12:18

Mine has a lowish foliage base but the flower stems get very high - clearly happy just above the edges of my unlined pond.  I moved them there where they could have the space to grow high and a bit of protection from prevailing gales as they'd also been just a bit too happy in my damp bed next to the terrace where their stems were constantly broken by strong winds tunnelling along the back of the house.

Native alternative?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:57

If my molinia is anything to go by, it is far bigger than the carex and may not suit the desired effect.

Have a look at this list for alternatives -   It does say carex evergold is native but there are some prettier (IMHO) forms listed too.

You could also underplant the cornus with native snowdrops as they look great against the red stems.



Regular contributers.

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 11:06

It's blowing a hoolie and chucking squally buckets today so I'm on admin and organising duties - annual ball on Saturday so lots to do.

Had to look up Brunswick Stew.  Hope it hits the spot and warms your laurels.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 12:43

Me too - bad back, arthritic joints, new feet still a bit weak and, given the weather, lots of times when I can't garden but I do like to keep up with this forum - joined the original Beeb one in 2003 or 4 - where I find plenty of good tips, have a bit of a laugh and offer advice when I can.

I've also made some good friends on here, met some and keep up with them by email as they've mostly moved on to other forums.

There's a good community feel here and a wide range of both characters and gardening styles, situations and experience so something for almost everyone.

Trees For Containers

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 12:16

No worries PF.  There's been a thread on here for some time about poor plants from Parkers but new posters won't have seen it, hence my warning.

Which garden would you pick?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 11:33

I'd go for Great Dixter too.  Lovely garden and lovely atmosphere.  I have visited in May, June and July and it's been glorious each time.

I was disappointed with Sissinghurst when I went in May 2013.  First of all I found the entrance and parking fees expensive as was the café and the quality and care of the plants on sale was poor.  In the garden there were beds that desperately needed weeding and replanting as the spring stuff had gone over, the white garden hadn't got into its stride and was a bit bare and the vegetable garden was almost empty but then it had been a hard winter. 

Another vote for Hidcote and Kiftsgae too although it's years since I've been.

I would love to visit Beth Chatto's garden but it's very much out of my way on my trips to to England so I'll have to make a special trip.

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