Latest posts by Sparklepinksunflower

slug slime

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 21:49

just a thought but how about someline like vasaline put on your hands first to act as a barrier cream?

I have taken to dropping my snails into a bucket of salty water to dispatch them to ensure they dont come back!

a very miserable lady.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 14:20

my hostas have been eaten.

The snails are just having a party. i have taken to collecting them in a bucket of salty water as the pellets are not not lasting long enough to have any real effect. I have collected what seems like 100s of the little bugg@rs

My holly hocks are rusting away to nothing, fungicide is not having any effect as it keeps getting washed off in the rain. 

Beans and courgettes have all been eaten, tomatoes only just begining to form fruit. Courgettes only just flowering, pumpkins sulking, every single of the 100 + sunflowers sown have either been eaten or didn't germinate.

I normally have a garden party the last weekend of July( when the garden is at its absolute best ) , bunting, sandwiches, scones etc, always serve a home grown tom salald and a bean salad, will have almost nothing home grown to feed people this year and for the garden it looks dismal  



Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:39

good luck, finding weather dry enough for the glysophate to work

How much can a dahlia take?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 12:47

I know how you feel, I am so struggling keeping on top of the battle with snails and slugs. 

I have taken to going out and collecting them all in a bucket of salty water, its alarming how many I am collecting from my small garden

Bad service, bad plants beware!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 11:33

Seeds and Bulbs tend to be good value from any of the on line places and the range of availalbe plants is far better then your average GC

As for live plants, no many plants like being thrown in the post, tossed in post bags, bumped around post vans, drop kicked across the sorting office and then dropped through your letter box.


whats eating my runner bean leaves

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 15:10

slugs and snails has eaten all mine in the garden. Its bean a total disaster!!!

The ones down the allotment are fairing slightly better - ie they are still there but not looking happy 

Talkback: Growing strawberry plants

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 17:27

@ Pam, no dont worry about moving them yet, plants take a couple of years to mature so they should just be ramping up to give you a bumper crop. If congestion, pull a few up to give space, pinch out runners or encourage them to root in 3" pots so they can be easily moved and help your over crowding problem

@Scott - I only ever get 1 year out of my potted strawbs as the Vine weevil always get them, soil always works so much better for me.

@ Benjamin9876. stawberries are pretty easy to grow. they like a good soil, with lots af compost and manure and sume sunshine. i also give mine the out feed during the summer ust as the fruit begin to form. 

The plants will last for 4 or 5 years before they need replacing and they will have 100's of babies before they are done. The babies (on shoots called runners) can be potted up to give you more plants. i think I had about 3 plants 5 or 6 years ago, i now have a whole patch



Posted: 15/06/2012 at 17:16

@ Tim - are you a gardener? i dont think you can be or you would know a garden is never full and healthy plants never get composted!!!


I hve just ordered mine  



slug pellets

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 14:22

I have just come in from a quick potter in the garden and got so cross I have just collected a bucket load of snails and put them in a bucket of water and drowned them!!! 

all 4 cucumber plants have had thier stems chewed through, all my runner beans have gone and I have lot countless sunflowers. My hollyhocks and hosta are shreaded and all my cosmo seedlings have just vanished!!! 

When its this wet, its so hard to keep them at bay, pellets what ever type dont last long, beer just dilutes, gravel - I have never had that much success, coffee grounds etc wash away.

I couldn't bring my self to use scissors and the noise of the shell under foot goes right through me. 

funny as I have no issue with stamping on vine weevil grubs and lily beetlesmaybe its the added squish factor  

I do start early in the year with the pellets - but I think this year we are fighting a loosing battle

Why don't Sunflower Seeds Compost!!!

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 11:41

Now dont get me wrong, I love sunflowers in all their many varieties. And I dont even mind them self sowing in the garden, but in the council delivered compost there are literally 1000's popping up all over the place. But why haven't they composted down - I thought in comercially produced compost it got rid of all of seeds etc. I am also suspecting that my newly aquired bind weed might be from the compost too. As i have never had bind weed on my allotment before.

But not a single one I purposely planted down the allotment has grown, in this rubbish weather. and the ones in pots in the garden, the slugs have chewed through the stems!! No even just a nibble on the leaves - the whole plant is gone!!!

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