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Latest posts by Verdun

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:24
Westland light n easy but most composts seem inadequate now

Slug resistant plants

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 18:22
Nematodes do least for last year when I used them. My night time efforts with salt and bucket are very effective as I don't really use too many pellets. My hostas are the ground and in pots...but I think the danger time is when the flowers are going over and soft so I cut stems out asp and this seems to work well. I haven't really lost anything because of slugs etc despite warm wet summer. Birds, toads, hedgehogs plus my night time efforts have combined to achieve this

Slug resistant plants

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 17:14
Jo4eyes, that's interesting. You grow many plants I grow too. Violas/pansies are loved by keel slugs with me and crocosmias attract snails when they have finished flowering. I agree with many that are on your list though. When you source your dahlias try dahlia honka, it's an unusual one with spidery-like petals, simple and single and admired by everyone. Copper rings seem very effective against slugs too....tried it with an old fashioned violet. my cosmos do not get attacked even though I grow large groups of them

Slug resistant plants

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:57
Astilbes, astrantias, acteas, agastaches......all the "a's" I realise....... Seem not to be damaged by slugs or snails. I find eryngiums too to be resistant as well as liriopes & libertias. What plants do others feel are resistant to these pests? Jap anemones spring to mind too

newly planted perennial plugs

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:50
I have just put in a lavender hedge but thelants were in 1 litre pots and excellent size. They were also outside and acclimatised when I got them. They are growing away beautifully after 2 weeks. However, if they were small, say in 9 cm pots, I think I would lose some of them even here in the s.w. so would not plant those out. Snails will eat penstemon flowers when going over but dead heading will counter that.


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 12:43
Potentillas.....they come in yellow, white, red, pink etc., are easy to look after and flower all summer. The yellow and white ones are best I think.

Talkback: Ants

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 23:28
Ants can do damage if they make their nests under plants causing roots to dry out. They will be swarming soon and then disappear

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 23:18
How can we get our voices across that we want gardening progs to be about PLANTS? New plants, different varieties, growing them together for contrast, etc? Even Chelsea seems to concentrate construction and themes and meanings etc. I enjoy the plants and I think it's the plants that inspire most of us. Geoff Hamilton years ago and Alan Titchmarsh more recently talked more about plants ...Carol Kleine does too occasionally

Summer's ending

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 23:08
Yep. I am a little ray of sunshine aren't I? Ha ha


Posted: 16/08/2012 at 23:05
I used to get silvalite from local allotment store. It's perlite, a natural substance. I have never had a problem with it and I really think there is none. Most professional gardeners use it. Sand, small grit or perlite, take your pick but a bag of perlite is much lighter to carry, cleaner than the others and totally safe. It's good we can argue and disagree but we shouldnt look for problems that simply aren't there. When I hear and read how the old gardeners used nicotine and other more toxic "natural" chemicals I wonder how the planet survived.

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