Latest posts by Wintersong

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!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 13:51

Do not be fooled by sunshine in Kent today, its cold, its miserable and every time I venture forth, it flipping pours down.

Poorly lilac tree

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 08:17

Sounds like the Lilac suckering is robbing the parent plant of nutrients and water. Cutting back suckers won't work, you need to rip them out when young to damage the bud so it can't regrow.


Posted: 14/05/2012 at 22:58

All of the above are evergreen, a leaf that is higher in carbon with very woody stems so you should shred them ideally, or at least chop them a bit and take out anything larger than 1/4 inch diameter. If its a trouble to snap or sheer, its too big

Also, don't bulk up on this type of material too much, its slower to decompose.

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