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The War On Slugs – Part 2

Following on from last week’s guide to mollusc-bashing, here are some more ways to banish slugs from your garden.
The War on Slugs has three fronts. The chemical (poisoning with pellets), the physical (barriers and traps) and biological (employing slug-eating animals).
This week it’s the turn of the physical. Physical barrier methods rely on making the surfaces around the plant difficult or unpleasant for the slug to cross. Based on personal experience …Read More

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Beat the weeds, eat the weeds…….

Ah April… the days suddenly stretch out, the sun gets stronger and stronger and everywhere you look, green shoots burst forth from the rapidly-warming soil. But among the hostas, the primulas and the tulips, something sinister lurks…
Just as our precious garden plants stir into life, so unfortunately do the weeds. In the vegetable garden, so the old adage goes, only sow outdoors once the weeds have started to grow. And they’re definitely growing! Ground …Read More

Seedy delights

There’s something almost biblical about sowing seeds into bare earth. It’s a gentle, yet powerful act, silent yet significant. I feel as though it’s the moment in the gardening calendar when I connect with the earth the most. After a whole year of weeding, digging, raking, hoeing and pruning it’s one instance I give something back, and relinquish control for a bit.
It involves trust – that these little brown specks …Read More

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Fuseables®

Adrian and I were quite intrigued with these when we were introduced to them. For those of you who may not have heard of Fuseables® they are a unique method for combining plants the easy way. The latest innovation in the field of technology. They are a kind of coated seed pellet composed of several seeds which have undergone a special treatment, plus the addition of fertiliser.
Very easy to use …Read More

Garden Winter Tips

In Due Season – December

Most of the work suggested for November can continue through December as long as the weather does not deteriorate. Seed catalogues will usually arrive this month, so you can sort out next year’s orders.
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Cover any plants arriving in bad weather with sacking in a shed or garage till conditions improve.
Do not forget to knock the snow off evergreens and make a hole in the ice on …Read More

Raising bedding plants from seed

Raising bedding plants from seed

Do not sow the seed too early in the year or the plants will be ready for planting out too soon, before the danger of frost is past. Late February and March is quite soon enough — the later sown ones eventually catch the others up because of having more daylight and natural warmth.
Nearly fill seed trays or small pots with a good moist seed-sowing compost and sprinkle the seed …Read More