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Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:55

I have also resorted to evening forays with a Bamboo stick, the sort you use for kebabs on bbqs. Stab them and pop the lot into the compost bin. Vigilance is the key! ????

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:49

I use copper tape round the pots, stand pots on gravel, water in Slugclear about now (Spring). I encourage the birds. However not tried by me yet, saw this "recipe" at a garden we visited. 2 Garlic bulbs boiled to a pulp in 2 pints water. Seive it. Make up to 2 pints with cold water. Store in a container, like a milk container. Dilute to 2 tablespoons per gallon and water on Hosta leaves. Worth a go?

Broad Bean Protection

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 19:03

I sprinkle slug pellets and then cover the bed with fleece to stop pigeons but also to protect young shoots from any unexpected frosts. The fleece also stops birds eating the slugs now poisoned by the pellets.As the beans grow I raise the fleece up over supports made from old metal coat hangers and peg the fleece down with some ace plastic pegs I found on line, or you can use stones/pieces of timber.Good luck.


Posted: 04/01/2013 at 08:50

Yes you are right - there is a distinct smell of rotting vegetation. Add the mosquitoes, and rats to the list. Just watched a rat helping itself to my bird food. When everywhere is flooded, head for the high ground! It seems to be nesting alongside my pond. EEK!



Posted: 02/01/2013 at 16:11

Flood water may be contaminated with sewerage.I am not sure how that would affect the root crops.Our area in Somerset has just had too much rain and crops are just rotting.All gardeners will have to replace lost nutrients in the Spring.So much continuous rain will have left the soil compacted and lifeless.






Posted: 25/02/2012 at 20:47

This may seem horrid but water spray if you are in the garden at the same time. Cleaning up deposits well and irrigating the area has been said to stop them claiming your garden as their toilet.

Plant Labels

Posted: 25/02/2012 at 20:44

Also margarine containers can be washed and cut into label shapes; writing on the inside.(economy! ) You can buy waxy pencils which last longer than ordinary pencil. And yes a Sharpie is good too, but I have found pencil lasts longer.

chicken manure

Posted: 25/02/2012 at 20:40

I buy pelleted chicken manure which is easy to use and you can spread it around as needed. Big tub is really cheap.

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