Latest posts by Verdun

Slugs/snails - the trade-off

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 21:47

Hmmmmm! That sulphate of ammonia mix?  Avoiding the leaves and it will encourage lots of growth.

nematodes work underground and only on slugs as I understand it. 

Fishy, I understand what you say about killing. ants in or near the home I comtrol/kill. in the garden I leave well alone.  On the lawn I control. Slugs and snails are so destructive and abundant that they need to be controlled.

had a spell when rabbits got into the garden.  I always caught them ...eventually....well, I was a sprinter, but never killed them.  I took them to the towans

killing is not in my genes but needs must Fishy

Slugs/snails - the trade-off

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 17:35

That b.......lack  bird 

lovely though aren't they? Beautiful song.  

whats going on

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 17:34

Vickie,,leave them.  Not unusual.

i assume these are the so-called christmas roses

Slugs/snails - the trade-off

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 17:15

No Fishy,  what a boring garden that would be.  Besides slugs, etc. will feed on whatever is left there.  Yes,they are going for the softer cultivated plants now in preference to wild stuff but grow just those and they will be eaten too.

nematodes I think provide some answers. ,so do pellets.  So do nighttime patrols.  I use a combination of all 3 but no pellets near food.

so far I am doing well.....hostas still looking excellent both in the ground and in pots For example.

it is frustrating.  Currently I have an issue with blackbirds taking all my blueberries despite being netted now.  Should have had hundreds but prob now just a few.

we have to learn to be one step ahead of these pests....with blackcurrants regular picking of the ripe ones keeps me winning....for now  


Sowing grass seed on a patch in high Summer - How to make it work

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:57

And scatter a little seed over near surrounding area.  Helps it to blend in Dominoman 

Wild crocosmia is not flowering

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:53

The wild sort does seem to thrive in more parched comditions.......a different plant to our cultivated forms I think.  This has been flowering on our towans for a while now

Lyn, my lucifer is in flower ....very early here.....but I agree the season for them is just beginning.  (Hope you are enjoying the rain now......perfect, steady mist, drizzle and rain.  Has refreshed the garden )


Sowing grass seed on a patch in high Summer - How to make it work

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:48

Seed is so quick and easy Treehugger 


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:46

Picked up my cousin from hospital

he has a care package in place.  His son will look after him. I think he will need a lot of patient care From the rest of us too.

strange unreal situation to see him so different.  Unsettling to say the least 

Fairy Ring

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:42

Hey Edd......that's brilliant.  Take it all back.  So there was a tooth fairy after all then?

always felt I could hear the little people at night.  

Sowing grass seed on a patch in high Summer - How to make it work

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:36


Just done that...yesterday.  Expecting grass to germinate very quickly.  Especially with these damp conditions.  

rake the area...almost scrub create a few centimetres of soil. wet the area if not wet already.  Sprinkle seed then lightly rake it....lawn rake is perfect for this.  Walk on it.  Sow seed again and again lightly walk it in.  Gently water again. keep moist until germination.

if you have some fleece cut out an area to size and peg it down.  I find this protects against heavy rain that could displace the seed and also buffers against any hot sun.  In my experience germination is rapid if kept moist there....I expect to see grass inside 7 days but 3 weeks is lomg enough for grass to appear and to be mown.

obviously keep off until it is mown.good luck Dominoman 

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