The Manic Slughunter:)


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Wilting Geraniums:(

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 10:58

Hi everyone firstly no rants about slugs in this post) I bought some plugs of geraniums about ten days ago and potted them on into 3" pots. I used seed compost No.2 with a mix of vermiculite in it. The lower leaves turned yellow about four days ago and now this morning most have shrivelled up and turned brown...the top of the plants look green and healthy but lower leaves have gone and died on me:/ what have I done wrong??? It's all 20 of the plugs not just a few.........the geranium seeds I've raised myself are great..healthy, a bit smaller than the shop bought ones but alive any idea what I've done to them? (they're in a light position all day in my lounge in front of patio doors). 

Greenhouse heating / winter growing

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 00:06

Seems to be a fairly common problem:/ my local gardening club are rather patronizing to newcomers also. I had a lovely elderly couple living next door for years but sadly both have passed away and been replaced with neighbours who lock themselves away and the garden that was once beautiful with flowers, fruit and veg is now like Steptoes yard and I'm sadly not exaggerating the old fella was a mine of wisdom but I can't remember all his tips:/ so it's plod on, learn through mistakes and look on this great site and talk to you lovely helpful fellow gardeners for tips and advice 

Cosmos seeds.

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 19:33

ah I nearly threw mine away too, they were tucked inside all the leaflets stuck in an envelope:/ I bought some last week too

Nematodes...every slugs enemy:)

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 19:30

I've just ordered the small pack which covers 40square metres for approximately six weeks; they cost £9.25 plus p&p which came to £11.25. It does say to re-do after six weeks to get the maximum benefit but I'll wait and see as Verdun said they are naturally in the soil anyway and this gives them a boost....hoping it may be enough of a boost to stop the cycle...probably a bit too hopeful of me but who knows I spent hours every evening last year bashing the slimy little critters and will do again but I'd rather spend the time enjoying my garden

Nematodes...every slugs enemy:)

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 17:56

I did thank you Sotongeoff...I printed off the cabbage wars and pinned it in my greenhouse...makes me smile

Nematodes...every slugs enemy:)

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 16:47

Okay thank you...I've ordered them but they're not delivered until March so hopefully the soil will have warmed because I'm impatient to get the little critters all my hard work last year and all i had to show was fat slugs roaming my garden...and I swear they were smirking!

clay soil so little choice of plants

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 16:44

I had heavy clay soil mixed with chalk in some parts:/nightmare! we sectioned of areas, put in some raised beds and improved the soil with compost manure, sand, whatever we could think of and now two years later its alot better; not perfect but definitely workable. In the meantime I used pots scattered around to put splashes of colour...fuchsias seem to thrive here but I can't get Foxgloves to stay and the roses struggle so I dug them up and put them in large pots last Autumn...waiting to see if they're better this Summer.....roll on the sunshine I say

Nematodes...every slugs enemy:)

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 16:20

I've been looking into giving Nematodes a go this Spring and was just wondering if after applying them I can sow my veg/salad crops in the beds.....it says they're animal, wildlife and children friendly but no-where can I find whether its safe to plant veg etc., after treatment:/ Hope someone out there can help me I feel a victory (albeit a pricey victory) coming on hehe.....

Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 20:06

Will do ...wellies all dried and ready for the next mission

Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 17:52

Thank you the variety I've got is Cristo and it says Autumn or Spring planting.....

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