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Kitty
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Posted -  07/03/2007  :  23:30
Can we have a gardening website?  I have decided to have a vegetable patch this year and the tomatoe and broad beans have already been sown and are coming up.  The compost is looking great and I can't wait for the runner beans, courgettes, cut and come again spinach, radishes and onions!  It would be great to have a forum to discuss things as I know I will have loads of unanswered questions soon...


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Bradders
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Posted - 06/08/2009 : 10:09
That's a lot of herbs Stanley......maybe you could open a shop !

Wondering though.....Did the folks opposite grow that  hedge so they couldn't see you , or the other way round ?

PS     Your street looks like the one my  old friend Steve Povey describes as having lived in (in Barlik).......I'll have to ask him his old address. 

All the Best. 


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Tizer
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Posted - 06/08/2009 : 19:58
That's strange, I thought I posted a comment about slugs in response to Stanley's picture of herbs. Perhaps someone put slug pellets on my post!


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Bradders
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Posted - 06/08/2009 : 21:38
At Teatime  my Janet told me I should  put slug pellets round my bean plants......so I did.

Didn't think they were THAT strong.........Oooops! 


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Tizer
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Posted - 08/08/2009 : 11:30
The slugs have drunk all the beer I put out and they are still coming - I get the impression I might be doing the wrong thing! Bought something called Slug Bait yesterday which contains iron phosphate and is suppose to kill slugs without harming other wildlife. It says they are attracted to the bait granules and then go away and die without leaving any bodies or slime. But it doesn't say whether the slugs eat the granules or what. I put some granules out and they were gone this morning, and there were no signs of dead slugs. Further experiments are required.


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Cathy
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4249 Posts
Posted - 08/08/2009 : 13:20
Tizer maybe you should ask your neighbours if they have less slugs.  The bait might be so good that it attracts from far and wide. 


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Bradders
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Posted - 08/08/2009 : 13:38
Tizer....I heard that slugs will not cross copper wire....something to do with a tiny electrical charge...(battery effect maybe because they move on a secretion ?)

Don't s'pose it works if the insulation is still on though !!!!!!! 


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Tizer
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Posted - 08/08/2009 : 18:39
Cathy, you may be right there! I'm fighting slugs for the whole village. I'll be putting more pellets out tonight. When I've finished I'll do my Arnie Schwartzeneger impersonation and shout "I'll be back!"

Bradders , I've heard that too but we have so many plants attacked it could take ages putting out copper wire defences. Let's see how the Slug Bait does.


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marilyn
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Posted - 09/08/2009 : 01:49
I see the occasional slug after rains but I seem to be overrun with big fat caterpillars at present. We are fortunate to have a spare block of land beside us, so the little darlings generally go skydiving over the fence.


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Stanley
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Posted - 09/08/2009 : 06:17
I've never seen a slug in the front garden. Perhaps it's the rough surface, the 'compost' the council put down was mainly wood chips.


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marilyn
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Posted - 10/08/2009 : 05:17
A record number of caterpillars went skydiving over the fence this morning. I'd hazard a guess at thirty but there may have been more. I was like a woman posessed....muttering abuse at each and everyone.


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Bradders
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Posted - 10/08/2009 : 09:43
"at each and EVERYONE"

'not coming round your house today then !


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Tizer
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Posted - 10/08/2009 : 10:56
Stanley's garden probably has less slug problems because there is more hard surfacing around and is not surrounded by fields. Being on the edge of a farming village I'm surrounded by fields and paddocks and so the slugs can march on us from all directions.

Any idea what your caterepillars are Maz, i.e. what kind of butterfly or moth? They might turn into some big, beautiful multi-coloured exotic butterfly (then again, they might not).

We've got lots of butterflies at the moment, as if they are making up for the time lost in the bad weather.

We saw a bullfinch perched on the power line behind our house yesterday - we only rarely see them. Very obvious in the sunlight, larger than a chaffinch, and with a very bright red chest. They used to be regarded as a pest in the orchards in the past because they ate the buds.


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Cathy
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Posted - 10/08/2009 : 11:31
Bradders, just to put your mind at rest, I'm pretty sure that Marilyn has a spare block of land over one of her fences, i imagine this is where she is propelling the caterpillars to.  Smile


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marilyn
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Posted - 11/08/2009 : 05:50
Hang on Tizer...I'll get the camera out and go hunting. Only had six for the skydiving team this morning....and YES....I have a spare block next door which is at least four feet deep in weeds. We have to rev the council up every spring to mow them down as by then the weeds are giving everyone hayfever.
Bradders...I was going to go back and correct that but was too lazy. I meant each and every one...not everyone.
I'm off caterpillar hunting. Trust me...they won't be owt exotic!


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marilyn
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Posted - 11/08/2009 : 06:23
Found some! Though they are just babies....the really big fat juicy ones are there first thing in the morning. Stanley will post pic...


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