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Latest posts by Verdun

coffee grounds yea or nay?

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:55

I think the very best protection against slugs is copper.  It won't prevent slugs in the soil inside the copper but it does prevent intruders.  I have seen slugs travel over the traditional "solutions" like sand, grit, coffee, tea, etc but not yet seen any on copper.  

Acrually, copper is second best.  Hand picking at night works for me and I  add them with fresh fruit to ice cream later.   Wash them first of course 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:36

I have heard of it.....is it a hybrid though?  I dismissed it for some reason but I will look it up again.  Nice colour but not sure if it's davidii.  Dove, you must resist temptation. Theyre only plants. 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:23

Why thank you busy.  You're so much nicer than Fairygirl 

Clearly, you have a fine sense of a good joke.  Huge respect for that 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:11

Only have the one buddleia in the garden but it's not the best I've seen.  Unusually, for me, I bought it at Lidl couple years back as an unnamed variety.  Not sure if I've seen a white variety but I will look it up.  Torn between harlequin, a white or black knight. Only want to grow one variety....like it but not my favourite plant.  (for bees, butterflies and amazing foliage scent, ranging from lemon to liquorice grow agastaches.  They're not called the humming bird plants for nothing)    

(sorry but I do like these smilies.  Wish there were more to tickle my childlike cravings.  Must have been a legacy from my comic days )

Ooops I've bought a lot

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 19:58

James, I'm not overly keen on too much fertiliser.  Plants are usually much stronger and robust without being forced.  

I wouldn't use blood fish no bone on your lawn now....best to avoid this until the  spring.  The only issue with this on the lawn is that it could encourage foxes, etc to dig the lawn for the fish, the blood and the bone that seems to be buried there.!!  If animals aren't a problem then use it there.  Just make sure it is well watered in.  Think I would apply it early, mid and then fairly late (no later than mid August) in the season

Do you have a big garden?  60 k is a lot of fertiliser.  

Tomato food?  Well. Italophile is the expert here but I think one brand is as good as another.  Even phostrogen.  I like to use seaweed sprays too and some tomato feeds imcorporate this.  This year  I used diluted milk as a spray too for the calcium ingredient and I think it protects the leaves from various diseases.  I had great toms this year.

I'm a great believer in feeding the soil...hence organic fertilisers .....rather than the plants ( with artificial fertilisers like Gromore). 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 19:32

Hey!  Wot  you hinting at  Fairygirl?   you dispara...dissparragin...di.....rubbishing my jokes?  

Im sure the more discerning members will disagree with you   

Ok, what veg are happy to wait their turn?  Cucumbers, of course!  Queue cumbers???   There you go, spontaneous wit 

and finally, but not necessarily the last. Wot  plants are related to animals?  Catkins...cat kin?  See, first class off the cuff.  Now that is a good one 

......I'll get my coat 

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 19:00

Agree with punkdoc.  ESP in the dormant sason, buying online is excellent value.  Smaller pots is ok now.  Avoid bare root plants though.   Usually they are rubbish, small or destined to flower a full season or even two later.  Plants in 1 litre pots will make 3 litre size by mid spring.  Those in 9 cm will make surprising growth next spring.  However, my local GC has a good range of herbaceous perennials in 9 cm pots ....lupins, delphiniums, malvas, etc. etc. ....that quickly make large plants for the garden next summer 

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 18:54

Thoughts with you Matty

Honeysuckle

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 18:52

It's popular common problem this Yead, viz., powdery mildew on honeysuckles and many other plants.

I normally prune back in autumn but best in spring.  Collect all fallen leaves and apply a good thick mulch. Next year ensure plant doesn't dry out.  Organic fertiliser too in spring then you will have loads of flowers next summer 

Begonias begonias

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 18:47

Don't grow many begonias...only the "bonfire" type.  Much as already said but I also make sure the corms are hollow side down.  I'm going to try polystyrene granules this time ...have some from packaging.....tucking the corms well inside. ( I also wish them sweet dreams  But no bedtime stories  )

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Drat........

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