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Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 13:21

Interesting Andy.  I guess she should know

I found slugs to be problem with tender salvias ......not snails.     

It looks as if snails and slugs have different "tastebuds" 

Grass on the drive

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:11

Have fun Wessex 


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:10

Aster, go to nematodes pages online and you will see rose size recommended.  Alternatively, type in "rose for nematodes" .  

You will need coarsest available.  


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:57

Ha that Zenjeff .  Now I know what to look for 


Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:44

SG the temp required is soil temp so up and down air temps wont make any difference.  Use them asap 

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 

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