The Manic Slughunter:)

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Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 13:39

Tucked in a little village called Findon I'm between Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring; about 10 miles west of Brighton....bitterly cold wind again today. I live in a cottage with so many draughts its like sitting outside some days....brrrr!

Talkback: Slugs

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 15:56

black slugs I was told to leave alone as they eat the others and do little damage to your plants. I lost 90% of my veg to the slimy critters last year and won't be this year...I've been out today and walloped the little so and so's whilst they were sleeping hehe I've tried the copper tape round pots and it didn't work; I'm sure they climbed the geraniums and launched themselves onto the petunias for a big meal time...most were gone by the morning! I'm tempted to try nematodes this year as last year we tried so many methods to no avail. Luckily I didn't find any in the greenhouse 

Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 15:44

okay so I've put them in the greenhouse and will keep them there for approx ten days then plant in the ground, I'm sure we'll get plenty of frosts here:/ we usually do - my bones are telling me the cold has no intention of going away yet I've just cleaned the greenhouse out, washed it all etc., now I feel shattered...brain willing, the body kicks off..oh to live in a warm climate thank you for all the advice everyone)

Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 12:13

Love it lol...very good

Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 08:27

I re-read the packaging from the garlic and yep Geoff I got it totally wrong:/ I still have a bulb left to plant...shall I bother sticking it straight into the veg bed? Will it just take a bit longer for harvesting? or should I save it for Spring planting? I got it for two reasons, we eat lots of garlic and also it said it's a great pest deterrent When I've dug the veg beds there are plenty of worms so I'm assuming this is a really good thing and will stop the digging, really pleased about that, thanks for letting me know for those slugs.....grrrr! I found several asleep....not for long; they're in green heaven Where hubby just laid slabs round the veg beds we unknowingly gave them a lovely hiding place, just lying there...waiting for a big feast on my crops  now that I've found it...................

Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 10:30

Ah okay:/ next year I'll do them properly so if I put them in the unheated greenhouse they may toughen up a bit before going into the veg bed? We're due some harsh frosts according to the forecast:/ my veg plot has paths between the soil areas; hubby has made it as easy as possible for me so I don't tread on the soil I've dug over, I thought you had to keep turning the soil over during the Winter (still trying to kill off the slugs)   its just so heavy:/ I've dug leaf compost and some sand into the beds ( or rather hubby has dug it into the soil lol) to try and break up the clay etc., Thanks for your advice

Garlic and what to do next....

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 08:37

Hi everyone I've started growing my garlic in pots indoors and they're about 6 inches tall and the roots are through the bottom of the pots so time to move them on me it okay to plant outside and leave unprotected or should I cover with gardeners fleece? Also should I plant in a large pot or the veg plot? (First time I've grown garlic) I'm digging over the veg plot each week at the moment and adding all the usual to break up the soil as its clay and chalk where I live (nestled in the South Downs) and its sooooo wet:/ done it for the last couple of years but every winter it seems to revert to the same cloggy plot..any suggestions folks gratefully received 

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 20:44

Nothing down South Coast..yet:/ don't want a repeat of last year


Pesky Slugs

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 12:00

Thanks for all your suggestions I'm heading outside now..wish me luck! 


Pesky Slugs

Posted: 12/01/2013 at 22:15

lol....I've got loads of pots scattered around my garden and two on each step going up the patio, I will definitely be in manic mode tomorrow I thought gravel was a good deterrent:/ I have so much to learn My hubby sits drinking his beer and watching the bats while I'm snarling at and squishing the slugs better than watching the telly he reckons Do the keel slugs lay their eggs underground? I have raised borders for my veg and flowers and they're quite deep but the slugs seem to be coming up from underneath:/ can't seem to find the answer to how deep the slugs live underground...any idea?

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