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Dying box hedge

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 23:38

A small percentage of mine have done this. As above, look after well and replace.

All my small, 9cm pot plants are now shaped into 'boxes' in less than two years.

Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 23:33

Would they still need misting/spraying when outside or should just leave them to it (sheltered spot)?

Sorry - what do you mean by 'revert'?

Many thanks!

Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:16

My second batch of cuttings seem to be doing a little better (one especially).  I read a few things recently and there does seem to be a little 'debate' as to whether you can successfully propagate acers (as most are indeed grafted). One or two conversations suggest even if successful the root system won't be that strong?

Anyway, I've added a pic of one of the Acer Aureum cuttings which has started to grow new leaves (after around 2 weeks in the pot - in a 'conservatory porch, under plastic bottles and sprayed several times a day).

Mabye this one is doing better as I cut it with larger leaves?

If you look at the pic, there are several new leaves growing in the centre (the two large leaves are the originals from the cutting). What do you think?  Are they on the way to being a successful cutting?  Shall I keep this one as it is for a few more weeks?

Many thanks.


Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 11:53

A few nightly visits with a torch (the kids did indeed help) has helped subdue the population.  Finding less and less at night now.  Not confident enough to place any 'tasty' plants out yet, but will consider it soon.

Interestingly I've actually spotted a few of those 'leopard' slugs (pretty sure they are that type of slug, unless there are similar looking varieties?).  I've left them alone and hopefully that population will increase whilst the others don't!



Posted: 17/07/2015 at 10:39

^^ How did you do that Hosta?  Did you consider snacking on them? We used to have loads in our previous house, but moving 3 miles down the road we barely get any.  We had one return recently (surprisingly at the same time I placed some bird feeders in the garden).  I 'scared' it off by launching grapes in it's general direction and it hasn't returned.

I do quite like them though...


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 10:33

Out of interest, are these natural hives or something you've built/purchased in order to bee keep?

I wouldn't mind looking into that one day.

Never had a problem with bees but every year we have a wasps nest somewhere in part of our house (usually under the eaves of the roof).

Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 10:30

Wow - thanks for all these replies folks.  Makes me feel a bit better that I haven't got a unique, unbalanced garden!  I caught another 15 last night, but might get the kids on the job tonight

I picked some suet balls up last night (I crumbled them up) - but the birds have jumped on them this morning...when the slugs are hiding! I've also spayed some (self made garlic water around some of the plants in the interim). I fear it might be best to 'perish' them on the spot, rather than the slow death (but drunk first might be some way to go ).

Definitely aiming for a balanced garden eventually and the more wildlife the better.  We have sparrows (actually raised in the eaves of our roof I hadn't yet got round to fixing) and have added bird feeders for them (which in turn, last year at least, ate all our cherries!).  We've had a visit from a local cat (the kids love it...I hate cats!!) and 'plays' with their guinea pigs, so I guess that isn't helping with the bird visits (although their gran has a few cats and a host of birds in their garden).

Hostas look good - I was after a bit of ground cover for certain areas of my garden so I might take a look at them.

I do like the sound of those leopard slugs...where do you get them!  

As for snails, I've found very little of those (just one as opposed to nigh on 50 slugs).  I'd consider capturing them in buckets, 'detoxing' them than smoking in the BBQ with garlic butter (had them in Barcelona a few years ago - pretty good!).

I didn't realise slugs go for 'flowering' type plants (I could understand lettuce etc).  Those Bella De Notte were well advanced before the slugs got them (I've a few more in pots I'll bring in at night until I've sorted the slug problem out). Pumpkins was the big shame as it something we look forward to every year.  I actually found a slug 4 foot up our sunflowers yesterday.  God knows how they keep growing as they've been obliterated!!

Many thanks folks - a whole host of tips there

*googles leopard slugs*

Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 17:27

Hi folks.

Read a fair bit on the net re dealing with slugs, but you've all been so helpful and knowledgable I thought I'd ask about slug problems here.

As my garden is starting to develop and thrive, more and more wildlife is being introduced (good!). However, this year a host of slugs have destroyed so many of my plants.  We grow giant pumpkins every year (the kids look forward to it) but this time, every single one has been chomped (I end up filtering down to two good pumpkin plants). Same with my sun flowers (also a kids thing). Same with my rhubarb (I've waited two years to pick some...and it's all but gone!).

I also planted around 20 Bella Di Notte seeds (started off in pots but transplanted).  Ended up with two decent sized plants that survived (getting to around 5 inches) but then two days ago these were eaten! They've even started on my wisteria.

Last night I went out and caught around 30 of them.  Deposited them in a bucket and let them loose in a field some distance away (I was in a caring mood!).

I don't want to use slug pellets due to kids, but I'm thinking it's time to get harsh and use the old beer in a sunken dish method. Also heard of wool pellets (been warned off using salt, besides, rain tends to wash that away).

Unless I caught them all last night, I fear they will return! Any fail safe methods from you folks would be greatly appreciated!


Cherry Morello (dwarf) lack of leaves.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 17:18

Quick update.  One, at least, looks as healthy as it's ever been.  All new branches, so the previous branches look a little vague (especially on the second tree).

Will transplant them in the winter, but as I mentioned before, I'm not quite sure what I should do re pruning (they've developed an odd shape).


Propagating Acers - few dieing off quickly.

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:38

^^ Oh no!  I thought this might be one of the easier plants to propagate! I've had limited success with just here's, but then they were all sat on a window sill, facing direct sun for a while.

When you say outside, should I keep them in the pots and with the lids on?

Many thanks.

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