Latest posts by summerpots

slug slime

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:19

I still dont know where to put the dead slugs tho... I cant stand touching them and as for stabbing them with a fork yuck... I think the bucket with salt water I can manage with throw away gloves but dont know what to do with them after..just had a thought would the birds eat them?

tomato plant spacing

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:52

I think I have planted mine too close once again.  I might have to transplant some.  My friend who has a small holding in Romania grow hundreds of tomato plants in his greenhouse... he almost completely strips the leaves  when they start producing fruit, and takes off unnecessary branches/leaves... I was horrified at first but it seems to work and my tomatoes grew to almost 8ft. high, with llbs and llbs of toms.  I am learning all the time but seem to forget what to do for the next year.

Alternative Gardening

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:48

The book Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza is my gardening "bible".  I think I got it from Amazon.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 12:10

Thank you, I am writing that down now to have have a look

Alternative Gardening

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 12:08

I am not sure but that is what I would think it would be (I dont know teckky stuff)..  It would be a bit difficult to sow seeds unless they were fairly big like beans/peas... but you could try others, ]if you cleared a bit of the straw.  I think its used just to keep it warm and stop the water evaporating quickly.  Have a go... Its the easiest gardening I have tried and I dont really know what I am doing.   One other way is to have a bed and divide it into foot squares and plant your veggies like that..looks very smart and tidy and the rows arent too long.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 12:03

My husband has almost finished his project for the front garden (almost taken a year)  He dug up the small triangular lawn and has made a two tier rockery but at the front he has put a small dry stone wall to encase it.. directly in front of the rockery he has put compost and will cover it in matting and now wants to add some ornamental grass then eventually pebbles along with the rest of his collection of rocks  Does anyone has any suggestions what he can put in it.. They  cant be too high.  Any suggestions please? I hate pampass grass so that wouldnt work.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 11:58

I finally summed up the courage today and crunched a snail... it was having a feast on my marigolds!! Flipping cheek!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 11:55

Its just about stopped raining now, I ventured out into the garden to view my "estate".  A snail  had a go at my marigolds that I repotted... it snaffled one before it pegged out from the slug pellets.  I was so angry I forgot my feelings about touching it and it came to a cruncy end.

Alternative Gardening

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 11:49

I just layered it up as suggested, I collected all the stuff first and then the top was just a deep layer of bought beds are about 2ft high.  the top layer was mulched with straw and you just moved away the straw and planted out straight away (not seeds).  I was amazed at the results for the first year as I mentioned before my tomatoes were amazing.   I had never grown tomatoes properly before (we are novice gardeners), a friend who has a small holding in Romania came and checked them over for me.. When they were fairly tall he stripped all the bottom leaves off (I was horrified!) and they kept growing and the tomatoes went on until the end of September. We had beans, sweetcorn, lettuce, radishes, beetroots etc. our first year.  I recently joined our local horticultural society and mentioned my gardening habit and they looked at me as if I was mad.  When it was all finished we just dug it over and started layering again ready for this Summer and the compost is fantastic.  You can do the same in any place... Even grown potatoes under straw. Incredible!

Alternative Gardening

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 19:00

Has anyone else attempted this type of gardening?  I discovered this type of gardening when I realised I couldnt use much of my energy and bend down... It has been so easy to do and the results have been amazing.  I am  now on my 2nd year and hopefully will have just as good results.  We  moved last and  have taken it ALL with us.  The first year my tomatoes were almost 8ft hight and had so much fruitage as well as beans and salad etc.  and it was hardly any work at all involved.  When I mention it to other people they think I am loopy.It makes sense but you have to have the courage to try it out.  If you look on Youtube you can see the way to start.  Dead easy!

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