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Hosta help again

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:54

Like your style hosta and bow to your wisdom and advice.  I will resist any inclination to wash them......

not a great washer-upper as my overflowing sink reveals.  Only when I have to 

Shade plants?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:50

has someone mentioned, er, er, er, hostas? 

Evergreens?  Brunneras, bergenias, hellebores (if you incorporate compost) sarcoccocas, although not much width there, carex testacea as well as other carex,  uncinias, Liriopes and heucheras esp the yellow vwrieties 

white arum lily ...not evergreen but semi evergreen .....would light up that area.  Geranium phaem  Margaret Wilson too ....white grey foliage and pink/purple flowers.  

Hosta help again

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:41

True hosta but we also pamper plants in those pots in the gh where pests,diseases are encouraged.

don't get me wrong....I am lazeeeee too and rarely wash pots 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:39

Got mine already in bud 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:38

Wonky, no you don't "comb"  miscanthus 

simply cut out out all old growth to the base but leave the shorter new stems. Morning Light is one of my favourites and I cut if all to the ground in early March.  Slightly late to do this now.

if you cut the new stems now those "leaves" will maintain those cuts all through the season 

Hosta help again

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:32

not sure bought in composts help either.  Or bought in plants 

Someone mentioned washing pots recently and it seems most of us are not as diligent as we could/should be. nothing we can do with viruses on plants but maybe we can prevent them with good hygiene..??? 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:26

......and here I am Hosta.  Ears burning,,tee hee hee 

not so easy now for various reasons....beach access not so easy, council regulations, etc., but seaweed is the very best compost, soil conditioner and plant tonic.

I used it in bulk.  trailer loads direct from the beach and applied thickly, several inches deep.  However, AUTUMN is the best time.  I applied it immediately, fresh, with no concerns whatsoever about salt etc.  By the following spring the seaweed had broken down to a fairly fine texture.

the best anti slug material....both texture and salt see to that. Plants never suffered from heavy mulching witb seaweed and vegetables and fruit thrived.  

I would not use in spring though around young plants.......


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:14

Nice one Keen 

do plants other than roses get black spot?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:12

yes Keen.  Hellebores for a start suffer from a type of black spot.  However, I think they don't black spot on roses causes black spot on other plants.

my feeling is that good air flow is a deterrent to black spot as well as good hygiene. 

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:08

Aym, well what do YOU do? 

I kill slugs and snails.......there aren't really enough natural predators to control them; birds, hedgehogs, frogs/toads and, more aggressively, humans combined cannot keep up with slug/snail numbers. 

my feeling?  I don't like doing it.  For me everything has a right to live but they are my enemies....they are trying to destroy what I want to survive.  If someone tried to attack me I would do my utmost to stop him.  Survival 

Salt solution in a pot is quick and, hopefully, painless.  

As gardeners we don't help ourselves do we?  So many of us try to make our plants as lush as possible ....over feeding to produce bigger plants often makes for highly attractive (paradoxically weaker plants) slug bait.

I try to grow using less fertilisers ...prob why I don't yet find slugs and snails as damaging as many do 

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