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Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:49

Slugs do not read the script.   Rough hard surfaces, grit, sand, eggshells, all suggested as deterrents do not work. If they did we would not have a slug problem in our gardens.  They are survivors.

good hygiene, the occasional well spaced and covered pellet, night time vigils with a torch and salt solution, and a good habitat for birds and toads/frogs (garden pond) are the only effective protection for our plants. 

Propagation Geum and Hardy Geraniums

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:39

LeeD, by division for both. 

I divide TT every 2 years.......did a batch some 4 weeks back after the flowering eased off a little  (They will flower forever but now is a good time).  I divide each clump into 3 or 4 large pieces and pot them up into 5 litre pots.  Large divisions make excellent flowering plants early.  They will be planted in autumn.  No...not from seed 

My flowers ..

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 09:17

Lobelia hadspen purple

Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 08:16

Carrots need consistent moisture levels loraine.  Difficult in a raised bed.  If soil is poor you will need to add compost etc. but this is what carrots will not tolerate.  So, if you enrich soil one year you cannot grow carrots there until at least the following season 

tomatoes?  Similar.  A shortage of water followed by heavy watering wil cause splitting.  Temps will cause this too 

Last edited: 10 August 2016 08:19:19

Carrots splitting

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 07:58

Morning brown.loraine,

yes, despite you watering every 2 or .3 days your carrots are splittng because of irregular moisture content in the soil.

one reason why raised beds are not always best....they can dry out very quickly.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 19:32

Glad you're home now Frank.

enjoy the summer now 

My flowers ..

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 18:45

Ah aym!  But can GD grow a taraxicum officionalis like mine?  

My flowers ..

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 16:15

Hiya GD

not sure of the name of that dahlia....given to me prob 5 years ago as a large  tuber.  I now have 3 plants each standing about 5' ......150 cm....tall in different parts of the garden.  Wonderful colour though that seems to catch the eye. I have another near a large white hydrangea to make a nice combination right now.  

There must be a dahlia expert here who can have a stab at the name though GD

the heleniums just glow in the a few more slightly later but now coming out 

Lopsided hydrangea

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 14:25

Yes,  it's why I suggested lithodora/lithospermum.  Needs same conditions as blue hydrangeas 

My flowers ..

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 13:50

Hit you in the eye colours ...........the heleniums are all around 180 cm 

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