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Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 21:15

Rosie..........thanks...........I'll take a chance and squeeze them in........I'm hoping for some from neighbours too....those that weren't too badly flooded anyway

Are there any good snails?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:46

MM........good for you...... sorry if I was preaching to the converted sound like a gardener in touch with nature

Climbing/trailing strawberries

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:42

I believe at one time commercial growers used guttering for strawberries ..........providing it is deep enough, I see no reason why it wouldn't be successful............depends which you grow I imagine and you would replace every year to get the best fruit.

Only downside I can see is watering if they are high up.

Are there any good snails?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:27

Depends what you mean by useful MM..........certainly useful to Thrushes and Blackbirds.........they are part of gardening.............and nature

The more things people thoughtlessly kill with constant use of chemicals ( or, dare I say it, indiscriminate use of so called environmentally friendly pests ), the more you are altering the balance of nature.

Whilst we are all miffed when something comes along and eats our prized veg and plants, think on..........we are co habiting with all sorts of organisms and who are we to pick and choose ?

It is up to the individual how they garden.................pretty flowers and sterile environment or try to live with what we call "pests" ?

Not that I have answered your query as to good or bad snails...........tiny slugs are often more voracious than the big "in your face" jobs.............the prettily marked snails may make you feel more guilty about killing them than the more boringly coloured ones ?

I suspect most of them look at your nice tender greens and just think Christmas has come early

Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:14


Red beetles on lilies

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:44

I flick mine into the pond......the fish or frogs will get them if they don't drown first. 

I like the "die you little b****rds" your neighbours think you are referring to them ?

I might try that one

Id and help with leaf problem

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:38

Ynead..........thanks for the pics.......they look pretty good to me

Mine were African.........never tried the Madagascan but you are tempting me to have another go

Years ago with the benefit of a large heated greenhouse, I grew all sorts of tropical stuff...........not all survived but it was so interesting to see what I could germinate and grow on. 

Any advice for rubbish lawn!

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:28

Tom........if grass isn't happy there, why not plant that strip up with perennial plants - give yourself a bit of interest and colour perhaps ?

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:07

I've got some plants to take to Andrew soon but his area looked somewhat crowded last week..............does he still have space ?

Ants on my veg patch

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:03

OL........learn to live with them......they are part of nature (and fascinating to observe as well )

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Rude but funny.

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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

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