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Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:58

hi Shedman, I posted a very similar post a few weeks ago.  I have sorted the slug/snail problem c/o some organic pellets and the damage seems to have minimalised dramatically (the recent dry weather probably helps too).

I am now filling one of those ply fruit boxes every other day with strawbs - far too many for my and the hubby to eat so we are giving some away to friends and family and the rest to a friend who is a local publican (in exchange for a couple of free meals at the end of the season!).  They will be able to say that the strawberries are local (about 800 food yards!).

Barbadensis Miller- Aloe Vera Medicinal Plant

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:52

Hi - I have had one of these in my kitchen for a few years (its now huge) and use it when I burn myself taking things out of the oven.  Just snap off the end of a spike and squeeze the gel-type substance onto the burn.  I have very sensitive skin and this doesnt cause any irritability.  You will find that it will produce babies like crazy (everyone I know has had these given to them!)  A previous one of mine (which was a very old) did actually flower before it died.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 07:54

Great to hear Bilje!  All mine are looking great, particularly the ones I have strategically placed in pots against a huge (about 3 1/2 foot tall) scented leafed pink geranium which is flowering its socks off at the moment.  The contrast against the pink flowers of the geranium and the black aeonium look fab.

Sparrows on a Hot Tin (Conservatory ) Roof

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 15:02

I have just 'obtained' a very fat pigeon who loves to sit in the bird bath for ages, not letting any other birds in and having such a lovely time that there is no water left by the time he leaves.  I then have to refill so the others get a look in.

whats eating my runner bean leaves

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:59

Mine are suffering from minor rabbit or mouse attack at the moment!  What also usually happens is that I can forget the beans that are less than say a foot off the ground as something always has a nibble at those - definately mice or rabbits or, on the odd occasion, an escaped hen!

Cane tops

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:54

I agree with LilAmber - I use snail shells.  Quite topical I think!  I wear specs so not strictly necessary but its somewhere to put the shells!  Am sure that someone I know also uses snail shells but sprays/paints theirs in bright colours for a bit of fun.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 14:47

Mine have suffered from this in the past and then been successful the following year.  Three out of four of mine have been fine this year (a couple of Patty's Plum and an unnamed peachy/pink one), but my most mature plant (which often has 30+ open flowers at a time) started to shoot earlier in the spring and then completely disappeared with no sign.  Not sure what happened as slugs and snails dont usually seem to bother them.  Oh well, will either have a dig around in the autumn or see what happens in the spring!


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 09:07

Thanks All - Have put appropriate measures in place!


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:35

I have covered my strawberries from the birds now that they are ripening. However, woodlice are taking a liking to them, even ones that are just turning pink and not fully ripened.  Was very disappointed when I went to harvest my first picking earlier this week, only to have to cut the nibbled bits out.

I know that they are definately woodlice as there were still some of them in situ!

Any suggestions gratefully received.

Gardeners who love their feline friends

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 10:58

Lovely cats Victoria Sponge. 


Spuds didnt hatch but you can see that we moved some of the them elsewhere so she had a little space to sit in so she didnt knock the shoots off!

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