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Latest posts by Wintersong

Snails

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.

Composting

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.

Malvern

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:05

A lovely review from EB

Excitable Boy wrote (see)

Morning all. Another lovely sunny day here in the west!

So, Malvern Spring Show. I've never been to a big gardening show before and it met my expectations in most regards, but differed in others.

First thing to mention is that I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get in and out. I was expecting queues on what are, after all, fairly small roads but there were none either in or out. (We arrived at 10am and left around 4:30pm). Masses of very well organised parking, which is good as the show was packed.

Admission price was £17 each (we had been given tickets by a stallholder). This is a lot, but overall I'd say is about right. There is no additional parking charge. Thursday price was £34. Not sure why, but someone else will explain I'm sure. I think if I was to go again I'd go on the Friday as it would be less busy.

Good points: You can buy just about anything at the show. Lots of plants, equipment, buildings, everything you can possibly imagine really. Lot of very knowledgable people too, but as it was so busy they did not always have time to chat. If you are considering a major purchase (a greenhouse, or garden furniture for example) then it is great to be able to see lots of different alternatives at the same venue. There are also some very keen deals to be had. This also applies to smaller items from plants to tools to clothing to jewelery (although quite what that has to do with gardening, lol)

My favourite bit of the day was the half hour we spent in the BBC/RHS show marquee where James Alexander-Sinclair chatted to Carol Klein and Joe Swift. Just brilliant. I have to say I am a massive fan of JAS - I think he is the next really big star in the gardening sphere. Carol was really funny and much less manic than she sometimes appears on TV. Seemed like a really lovely person. And Joe Swift was exactly like he is on telly - sort of guy you'd like to go for a pint with after a day in the garden.

Bad points:

Catering - very very expensive and mediocre quality.

Crowds - just couldn't move sometimes.

Show gardens - these were really good, but there weren't many of them. The ones shown on GW on Friday were about it. As I say I've never been before, but I thought there'd be lots more show gardens, so a little disappointing there.

Tips:

  1. Go on Friday and avoid the crowds.
  2. Take bottled water and a picnic.
  3. Wear hiking boots - it was lovely yesterday but had obviously been wet and muddy the day before. You also do a LOT of walking.
  4. Take lots and lots of money!! I was incredibly restrained but could easily have spent a fortune as there were so many lovely plants and useful pieces of kit!
  5. Make sure you catch at least one of the panel discussions/interviews.

EB

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 20:03

Miserable, cold, windy and wetin Kent today. I have no more to say...its just too sad.

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