The Manic Slughunter:)

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Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:16

oooh Yorkshire Puds yummy As a young child with three hungry big brothers Mum used to make an extra tray of mini yorkies so we could have them with syrup all over...don't knock it til you've tried it...delicious.....may just have to make an extra Yorkshire tomorrow now

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:13

I've been hooked on Geum's the last couple of some gorgeous reds, orange and yellows, after losing so many bedding plants to slugs I decided to go with the perennial/shrub route...but now hubby has dug a big hole in the grass and plonked a Koi pond there and pinched some of my flowerbed to put the waterfall in...okay I'll admit it does look rather pretty now but what to plant along the side? It's got two tiers so approx 5ft drop to the pond with about 1ft bare bed.  I'm stumped as to what to plant there. OH doesn't want leaves etc., 'cluttering up his pond':/ Any ideas?

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 17:43

I've found the only sure fire way to beat the slimy critters is to use Nematodes, I tried so many approaches without a noticeable difference; everything was demolished the next morning:/..after applying Nematodes my veg patches were slug free most of the Spring/Summer/Autumn I put a few lettuce leaves on the grass well away from the veg beds too so any slugs that smelt my tasty veg in the evening stopped and ate them first (and the slug pellets around them hehe) The only problem I have is we have grass areas around the veg beds with walls as our garden is raised so slugs hide away and venture out from the brickwork onto the grass so although I tackle the veg areas the grass is still a battleground for me hence the lettuce leaves/pellets (and me doing a dusk patrol). 


Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 08:48

Marg48 I know exactly where you're coming from:/ everything is so expensive, fortunately I have a fab hubby who know a lot of tradesmen so consider myself very lucky...

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:17

I forgot to put that Blairs our lighting cable is clipped all around the house under the eaves but the cable to the pond, electric gate etc., is all underground can't remember the depth our electrician guy said though:/ sorry will try and find out I would be very reluctant to get the council to sign it off though as they tend to find something wrong lol

Greenhouse electrified!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 15:06

it needs to be armoured cable and as Colin says unless you truly know what you are doing a qualified electrician is needed cables must be buried so there is no danger of putting a fork etc., through it even though its armoured cable. Anything outside, ponds, lighting etc., must use outside weatherproof sockets and cables. not cheap i'm afraid but best to be safe eh 

A pair of apple trees

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 14:43

thankyou both


Sowing flowers from seed

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 16:07

lol, I''ve only just started saving them, asked all my family to keep theirs too...they think I'm bonkers but they're yet to become gardeners

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:43

I bought three grow-bags last year from Wyevale, my local GC and lost all of my plants I went back to them and they weren't very helpful at all so I don't buy from them anymore - I use another GC further away and they offer a bigger range of mp compost...will stick with peat-based I think. Maybe with all the flood water/heavy rainfall last year the bags got contaminated and the stores still sold them when they shouldn't have:/ buyer beware? My local stores have them all stacked outside in their car parks which are often under a lot of water......

A pair of apple trees

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 15:33

I'm still trying to decide which apple trees to go for:/ I would love an eater and cooking variety and originally wanted the good old Bramley and a Braeburn but have been told they won't pollinate each other:/...any ideas?

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Russian Vine....

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Lots of spiders....I think!

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Noooooooo they're awake.........

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One very happy Birthday Girl:))))

A Good Year Ahead ......Hopefully 
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Wilting Geraniums:(

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Nematodes...every slugs enemy:)

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Garlic and what to do next....

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Pesky Slugs

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