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Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:35

Ah, Warrens pasties Peat B.

Philps are the best I think.

I think copper tape is effective around pots for anything trying to climb in from the outside.  Just make sure  nearby plants are not touching hostas.

Brambles do not work.  Have you never seen snails on brambles?  

Slugs and snails are survivors ..salt is their enemy.  Nematodes may be the solution of applied often enough....3 or 4 times a year. 

Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:24

Obelixx, that's disheartening,,isn't it?  Still time though for those plants to recover and do something for you this summer

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:22

Midwinter Fire breaks the mould when pruning dogwoods.  It just doesn't like being pruned.  It lacks vigour and needs just to be left to its devices removing only the dead wood. I think it might need less moisture than other dogwoods too....Just a personal comclusion about this plant. 

What hand tools do you recommend?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:18

Point taken kjdintown.  It doesnt really do much for your hands either.  

Salix flamingo

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:14

Marlene, I grow a similar variety Nishiki but for its foliage .....they are very similar,,if not the same.   If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will tell me 

It wonder if it got waterlogged over the winter...?  Although it likes reasonable moisture I think this willow doesn't like it too wet for too long.

No new growth at all?  Just leave it for few more weeks to see if it does respond.

Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:06

Don't pick any rhubarb this year Forester.  Keeping it well watered, fed and mulched will help produce a strong plant for next year.

Not sure rhubarb in a pot is a great idea LorraineP. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:03

Chicky, yes.  When each flowered stem has finished cut it back right to the ground. However. Look out for smaller flower spikes emerging on those flowered stems and cut back to them.  Then cut back to ground when they have finished.  I take off all heavy stems leaving just soft growth. I also often divide them and pot them up.

A tidy up ...removing rotting debris and possible lurking snails (lupins seem to get attacked by a lot of tiny snails at this point) ........and a feed  of fish blood and bone will prepare them for an even better show next year.

Yes, maybe a bit like haircut for your geraniums, which I do every year in mid summer

Best runner bean

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:48

Already mentioned runners on hello FORKERS but this year growth is way, way down on previous years. Growing St George for a change.....always had white stringless before which were excellent.  Would expect beans to be at top of frame by now, viz., 6 or 7' buf right now they are barely 2' .  Slightly embarrassing cos I grow great beans and loads of them but just have a large framework with tiddly  beans at the base   They are growing more quickly now but........!!!!

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:38

Lovely pics folks 

What hand tools do you recommend?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:37

Kjdintown, good morning.

Whatever you get go for stainless steel tools.  Also for good quality.  Some stainless steel, ESP spades, are made of thin, bendy metal.  

(my best hand tools are my hands and fingers.  So useful and effective but I often have damaged fingers because of my impatience) 

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