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Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:19

Gulls here but they dont go for slugs etc.  

lots of blackbirds too so I think you are right Hosta...they do keep numbers down

I grow several varieties of hosta but...luck or my methods...I can grow them with very little damage right through the summer.  (There!  That's tempted fate ).   

In pots copper tape is very effective.  In the ground regular nighttime vigils keep them safe.

have to say I'm extremely fond of hostas and I could easily become addicted to them. What better in fhe garden now than those leaves unfurling....earliest for me is First Frost out now

can see no damage on anything in the garden yet...rows of lettuce (no pellets) ....untouched.

Cosmos Plant - help

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:07

Ha ha Tony.  That aching back will soon adapt.  

Meant to prune back a winter homeysuckle this morning...5 minute job...but ended up clearing back border......gardening comsumes you but in a good way 


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:04

Thanks Zenjeff, pretty much my thinking.  Just don't know what mutations mother nature will throw up though 

Smging Gardener, slugs are in the soil...plants or not.

you can't keep nematodes for too long.  Keep refrigerated but a max of a week or so or they will die.  Ideally, apply asap after receiving them.  So if you intend to sow or plant today or tomorrow then use nematodes at the same time.  Otherwise use them and sow later.  

You must water nematodes after applying to wash them into the soil....left on surface they will dehydrate and die.  (Instructions there anyway) 


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 07:47

Lie, if you have pennisetums do not assume they are dead too soon.    They are warm season grasses so new growth is later than stipas, miscanthus etc. 

Best Plant Food

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 22:58

Our posts crossed Steve 

Best Plant Food

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 22:56

You have just encountered one of the drawbacks to using membrane janet. You can neither mulch nor feed ideally, viz., adding fertiliser around the roots.

your only option is to liquid feed once a week, at least once a fortnight.  

I have removed so many membranes for various reasons and plants have responded with renewed vigour.  Instead of looking pale and starved they take on better size and condition.  membrane replaced with organic mulches control weeds equally as well.  i cannot imagine not being able to apply thick mulches to my plants as I have been doing these past few weeks.  

Annual weeds tend to root into membrane material and mosses too tend to populate it.

many will disagree with me ...gardeners do that others will possibly offer an alternative to liquid feeding 


Fatsia Japonica issues help required

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:24

I have a feeling this is canker Donna.

if mine I would leave it and see how it goes.  Hopefully in the late spring it will send up new shoots. 


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:14

Lie, fierce cut back there. Too fierce 

Can I suggest in future you don't cut back any grasses in January. Wait until April. 

Your grass looks like a miscanthus...does the name ring a bell?  do you know the other varieties?  Different grasses need different treatment. 

Your heavy clay is not ideal either...sorry. try to mix in mushroom compost when planting. 

I cannot see any sign of new growth there but hang fire a while yet.  Give it another 3 weeks.  

Good obviously have excellent taste in choosing grasses  a favourite of mine

Dahlia treatment

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:05

If well rotted mix manure with dry compost to break up any lumps. I think horse manure on the surface could create fumes in hot sunshine.  Lost tomatoes one year doing this....although I did overdo the manure big time.  

Wood chips on fhe surface GD?  I think they would rob nitrogen from the soil so would not use them.

good idea ...greenhouse with open door; perfect 

seedling help

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:00

Rosemummy carrots are supposed not to be able to transplant.....if they do take they are supposed to fork 

however, I have done it successfully.  I once tried to sort out carrots sown erratically so I dug up seedlings and replanted to fill out the rows. I warned they would prob fail. but they grew well.  The "secret" is to use very small seedlings, to water in well and to fleece them.

rosemummy best  though to throw carrot seedlings onto the compost heap. 

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