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How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 18:05

I heard one of the radio gardening  experts say you shouldn't chop slugs with scissors. Slugs contain something toxic to some plants and you transfer this substance to the scissors when you release the slug innards. This can't be washed off the scissors easily even after you get the slime off. Don't know if that is true!  I drop slugs into a bag with a tablespoon of salt in it!   Mags

Weeds??

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 19:10

When in doubt, wait until it flowers.  If you like it then regard it as a plant.  If you don't like it then it's a weed!  The last picture - I call that a weed.  Don't know about the others!  Cheers,  Mags

Tulips

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 17:16

I should also add the cups are much smaller!

Tulips

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 17:15

I was going to ask the same question. Mine have been white with huge cups for 8-9 years. This year all yellow.  Can I do anything to persuade them to revert to white?  Mags

Reusing potting soil

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:19

And before you reuse the pots drill some Large holes in the base!

Too green hanging baskets

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 16:01

Maybe it is a bit early in the season for many flowers?    Tomato fertilizer will encourage flowers to develop, I think.  Mags

fungi identification please

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 13:18

I'm not worried about them - just curious as I've never seen these ones.  I wouldn't dream of eating them, and would put on rubber gloves to handle them.  Mags

fungi identification please

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 13:07

Several fungi/toadstool have appeared in both front and back lawn. Can anyone put a name to them?  the cap is very dark brown and the biggest at 1.5 ins diameter, the gills are dark brown and the stem is brown and they stand about 1.5 ins above the grass. Sorry, I can't supply a photo.  I've searched several websites but can't find them!  Help appreciated,  Thank you, Mags

Bird song is back

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 14:05

It seems that the colouring of several birds (presumably males) have become much brighter. We have quite a lot of  Goldfinches and some are noticeably brighter yellow than others. Even some sparrows seem to have blacker heads than normal!  Mags 

slug pellets and birds

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 18:36

Thanks to all of you. It doesn't say anything about birds on the box.  On balance, I think I will not use them.  I will continue with a torch and a tub lined with plastic bag with salt in it that I can just tie up and drop in bin.  Thanks again. Mags

Discussions started by staffsmags

will my orchids flower?

 
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crown imperials flowers finished

What now? 
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potted coleus

Bring indoor? 
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use old tom compost for strawbs?

 
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fungi identification please

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slug pellets and birds

slug pellets containing metaldehyde 
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why so expensive?

Sungold tomato seeds 
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chilli seed

can I use my own seeds? 
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Is it a Robin?

No red breast 
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Lilies in pot

keep or palnt out now? 
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Spratts for tea

But what with them? 
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odd coloured ladybirds

more black than red 
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Kleine Silberspinne

Fountain Grass not 'flowering' 
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Cornflowers for next year

Re-seeding? 
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caterpillar id please

yellow and hairy 
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