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Latest posts by Wintersong

May In Your Garden

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 17:43

Well enjoy your good weather Inkadog and Pam keep up the hard slog, smiling visitors will be well worth it in the end

I was over my parents' house again today doing tons more weeding. Their soil is heavy clay (so different to mine I'm not used to dirty great big sticky lumps! And the weeds were everywhere! Oh dear, although it wasn't all bad. While I was there, the next door neighbour kindly offered me some redundant tools from her shed and a very large plastic pot which were gratefully accepted

I have a curly stem standard Wisteria that I am currently growing from seed that will love the big pot although that might be a couple of years yet.

Alternatively, I don't have water in my garden yet and this very large pot would make a super small pond! Oh decisions, decisions.

Off to take my bath now, enjoy your gardens while the weather lasts!


Posted: 16/05/2012 at 08:08

I tried an organic slug pellet that didn't work. It was utterly rubbish.


Posted: 15/05/2012 at 22:23

Anything too acidic or citrus plants in general will upset the good bacteria and apart from the well versed no-nos of cooked or treated products, don't add anything that is diseased, looks like a perennial weed or has a lot o seeds because generally speaking, our homegrown compost doesn't get hot enough to kill these things.

Protecting plants from frost

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:08

I would say as a general rule, to protect as much of what you have raised in doors or the greenhouse as you can, because all plants can suffer frost damage, especially at this lateness in the year, but the things you take the time and effort to grow and nurture are perhaps the hardest to lose. Most other things will recover in time

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:03

I would be sulking too if I were a tomato plant, I have been blowing smoky breath all day long, this weather is really terrible.


Posted: 15/05/2012 at 20:48

I find slugs in my compost bins all the time, but strangely never snails. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be there but I'm rather embarrassed to mention it in case its wrong

I'm not sure if I should be killing them or leaving them there, currently I adopt a laissez faire attitude and cross my fingers.

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 19:52

Oh I just did my homework, nematodes are used in the non-chemical version of pest control during the warmer months. That's what I will be using this year, last year I didn't know it was available

You see, naively, I assume all pest control is non-chemical

Provado vine weevil killer & fish!!!!!!

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 19:34
Welshonion wrote (see)

Wintersong, how did nematodes get into your answer?

Silly me assumed that was the active ingredient that killed the VW lavae.

I check my containers by hand I'm afraid and anything that dies in my garden due to this nuisance, is not worthy and wont get planted again!

 It makes me angry to lose beloved plants by any means or waste money on replacements but I'd be more angry with myself for using chemicals that could potentially harm good wildlife 

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 15:02
pottiepam wrote (see)

Isn't it quiet without Geoff?

True...although I think also, people are so far behind that any glimmer of sunshine gets them outdoors!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 13:56

It's cold enough in Kent to almost blow steam clouds, I kid you not!

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