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Copper tape

Posted: Yesterday at 22:45

Yes, Aym, the pot goes in the soil but the tape is above ground, about 2 to 3 inches. The slugs won't climb up over the copper-taped rim.  I just remove and store them for next year. It really does help to get plants started.

Copper tape

Posted: Yesterday at 20:53

You can buy it online for a fraction of the garden centre price and it will work for years, even if it goes a funny colour. I also cut down plastic pots so that the bottom is gone and put a strip of tape round the rim. These are placed over young plants and pushed into the soil a couple of inches. It gives the young shoots a chance to get started.

Slug explosion

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:35

As I understand it - and I should like very much to be corrected here - nematode applications only last for about six weeks and are very expensive. I do use slug pellets when I have to, reluctantly, but I would welcome an affordable alternative. I don't have to worry about hedgehogs: the badgers drove them away more than twenty years ago. I would need to treat about a third of an acre if I didn't do the grass.

'Feels Like' Temperature - does it affect plants?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 21:18

Nevertheless, plants are affected by wind. The stronger and the colder it is, the more likely it is to damage foliage, causing it to dry out and crisp up. If it is salty as well, they can really suffer. So although the wind chill isn't so technically important, if it feels bitingly cold to you, it won't do your half hardies much good either.

Cosmos Seedlings Dying

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 20:35

No, I haven't met these. I would imagine that you need a systemic treatment if they are hidden inside the stalks. Some people on this site wouldn't use chemicals like this for love or money, so you might want to wait and see what others say before you act. I do use it very occasionally. Good luck!

Cosmos Seedlings Dying

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 22:35

Are you sure it is leaf miners and not something like tortrix moth? If you can see a little caterpillar the best way with just a few plants is to pick them over carefully and just remove and squish the culprits. Some bugs hide themselves by folding over the leaf; you can gently unroll it and catch the little green caterpillar which will drop down to evade capture, so hold something underneath while you unroll.

Cosmos Seedlings Dying

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:53

I know they look a bit miserable now but most of the plants in the photos will be OK! It is unusually cold at night but some of the ideas here should help. It really is a difficult time of year when we all want to get things out into the garden but there is a danger of frost. Best of luck with your cosmos!

Very scary

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 07:32

Better not to take any chances if children visit your garden. It isn't very pretty once it grows big, either. There are lots of harmless, prettier similar plants to be had so the bin is probably the best place. Never mind!

Improving clay soil

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 22:37

You may not need lime on alkaline soil. Manure can be put straight onto bare soil but otherwise it is better and more pleasing to use the well rotted version. If it looks dark and crumbly and smells of soil it is perfect for application, it looks good and the dog won't roll in it.

Cosmos Seedlings Dying

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 22:13

Some cosmos are tougher than others. It has been much too cold here to put any out, even during the day. Mine are in a frost free greenhouse. I had to bring one variety into the house because it was still too cold. If your plants are cold they will begin to look pale - yellowish - and then shriveled but it could be the hot/cold aspect. Aim to get them used to small changes of temperature first and remember that a cold breeze can really knock them back.

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