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Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:50

I hate slugs, any kind of slugs. I kill all slugs that i see, slugs on walls are just the same as  in the garden, they are looking for their next meal, maybe on the trail of a wall pot or hanging basket.

I think more about finding plants that slugs do not like rather than hoping for a less harmful slug!

I start the year buying packs of nematode to water over my garden then I have small plastic container with salted water always to hand, if I see a slug or snail for that matter I pick it up and in the salted water it goes.

I have yet to understand what on earth slugs are good  for?

Design advice

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:38

Hi, I'm no expert but I would say yes you can in the same way as you would make a raised bed.  I don't think I would remove any  bricks as u may make the other bricks unstable, why not decide on the area you want for your rockery, lay weed liner on the area, outline it with rocks or bricks, then add a couple of inches of grit or gravel for drainage, then add soil and more rocks adding soil Inbetween the rocks.

Put rockery plants were you have gaps then when your happy cover the exposed soil around your plants with more grit or gravel.

Hope this is helpful 





Out of control clematis

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 11:08

HI, i would say don't worry about timing, if they are in your way, just prune them back they do look over grown and are probabley a bit matted. Experts say over grown plants  would appreciate a bit of a hair cut and getting some air to them.

It seems like you have lot of variety so if you miss a seasons  flowers on one plant you will gain on another.

Dont be scared, just control your pruning rather than hack away and you'll be fine.

Buddleia flowers?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:59

Hi everyone, please can you put your thinking caps on and help to identify a plant,

I first saw it while in Jersey it grows about ten or twelve feet over a few years, rough green leaves to touch which are perhaps the size of hosta type leaves but a bit narrower and longer.

it produces small  blue  flowers Inbetween each leaf and the plant finishes to a point at the top? 



Posted: 10/07/2013 at 13:51

 my advice would be to wait until autumn when you can cut all the branches  down to the base, this will make it easier to dig up and handle . I think it may not like being moved at the moment and could end up looking quite limp

Prepare the new place before hand and water in well.



Whats moving our bird seed feeder?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 17:30

Hi, maybe it's a bird? I have seen Jackdaw's  lift feeders off their hooks and drop them on my lawn, then eat some of the spilled contents before flying off

is it ok to feed birds ordinary suet rather the prepared bird suet you can buy

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 15:30
Hi Jean R, thanks for the advice we do have decking and maybe that's were they are. I first saw "the "rat " come from under my shed which is on the other side of the garden but I guess they can come out from anywhere its just were you happen to see them at the time.

I hate the idea of not feeding the birds for the sake of these rodents especially in this cold weather, maybe I had better get the rat catcher in. What puzzles me is how do we know which garden they are nesting in and how will I know other rats wont come in my garden. I guess my neighbours eitherside won't want to know and will be happy for me to pay ??50 for a rat catcher
Oh dear what a pain.

is it ok to feed birds ordinary suet rather the prepared bird suet you can buy

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 13:40
Hi everyone, very interesting info re bird food thanks I do make my own and find the birds love it however, just this last couple of days I have spotted a brown rat trying to eat some bits that have fallen from the fat balls, also I came home just now and spotted the rat (not sure if its same one) in the peanut feeder that only small birds can get into..
I guess rats are all over the place but its a bit of a shock to see one. I don't want to stop feeding the birds but I done want to encourage the rats?

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 14:56
Hi Bud808 think you might be getting things mixed up.
I began this message trying to explain what it all means but it got quite lengthy and difficult to describe without being able to draw a diagram so i have had to give up.
I think the best is for you to get a book on gardening and give yourself time to read and digest the basics of taking cuttings there are many books on the subject.
Please don't stop writing in as there are lots of experianced people here to help.

Gardeners' Question Time

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 10:28
Poor Gary, bet he wished he hadnt wrote in ha ha, I listen to GQT on fridays or on my iPad if I miss it, I wait until I decide to clean my kitchen floor or something then I can forget my chores and enjoy the program. I think

I do think that amateur gardeners like us should protest to the bbc or itv about the lack of knowledgable gardening program's on tv. I get very frustrated following Carol around grand gardens pointing out the flows and sways of this and that plant and one or two tips on propagating. Why cant they dedecate an hours program in Carol or Montys or Bobs shed answering questions and demonstrating as many problems as possible.
I think Bob Flowerdew is down to earth and very practical, apart from the excessive recycling he is my kind of gardener .
i think the lack of ordinary down to earth gardening tips is extremely lacking.
Ok said my piece I'll go clean a cupboard or dig a hole now.
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