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Old 16.04.2014, 23:00
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Back in England I had a decorative pot in my garden with some decorative grasses in it. The pot used to spend the summer in the garden but came indoors in the winter. Some years I put it by the bluebell patch. It must have happened there that some seeds fell into it, because when I moved here I took that pot with me and the next year I saw some green leaves coming out of the soil. I guessed it might be a bluebell so I left it. For about three or four years it only produced leaves until one year it flowered. That was a pleasant surprise.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Free and 'ethical' compost (eg not from ancient peat bogs). Our local Commune (Gemeinde) compost all our recyclable waste from gardens and household (well not mine as I compost our own)- and regularly offers the resulting compost to the inhabitants for free. We have a free collection day this week-end- just take your own container or bags and they help you with filling them. Perfect- just in time for Spring. So do check with your Commune when and if they do the same. Free and truly ecological.
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Old 17.04.2014, 13:21
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

What a great idea.

Next week I will be in my new home with its own garden. The previous owner loved gardening. She has so many fruit trees growing: peach, apricot, apple, cherry, fig... also some strawberry's along the border.

Cant wait to add my Chili & pepper plants. Plus the usual lettuce, onions, carrots etc..

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Need some creative ideas, fellow gardeners...

I have a spot with mature hostas. They make a wonderful show summer through fall, but I need a solution for spring. In previous years I had daffodil and tulip bulbs in with the hostas to give the spot some early color and foliage, but it seems the mice have eaten the bulbs - so now there is only a bare patch.

The spot is full shade.

Any ideas what I can plant in with the hostas to give me some spring color or foliage that won't fall victim to marauding rodents?


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I spent a few days in Holland before Easter (en route to Sweden) with dog and daughter - we had a great time. Keukenhof was in full bloom and I searched for planting ideas with various areas of my own garden in mind. Slightly faint from the overwhelming scent of hyacinths we came across some themed gardens in a less busy area of the park - there was a bed that caught my eye with Corydalis solida and white muscari. I think the Corydalis might work with the hostas. They are shades of pink/salmon/rose and although initially planted from bulbs should spread with time and hopefully keep pace with the little vermin
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Old 23.04.2014, 13:43
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Stopped at Wimpole Hall on the way down to Dover yesterday - and they had lots of plants for sale, including small pots of Pulmonaria for ... £7.00- so if you want more, come and get them for free I also have some Brunera (a bit like forget me nots, with variegated leaves) £9.00 at Wimpole ... and lots more. For those not too far from Pontarlier, the market on Thursday or Saturday morning is great for plants.

For David Austin roses- and the previous request for Rambling Rector- they have a catalogue for France, and one for Germany- where to order from.
www.davidaustinroses.com

for French catalogue e-mail
france@davidaustinroses.com
for German catalogue e-mail
deutsch@davidaustinroses.com

BelgianMum- they do special offers for collections of several roses- wouldn't that be a lovely way to include the best of England in your border- then in-fill with ground plants?
Thanks Odile. The Pulmonaria was 9 chf at our local garden centre so the prices are comparative with the UK.

I was in our local Migros yesterday and they were selling David Austin roses there. I didn't have time to look properly so I'm going back for a look this afternoon.
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Old 23.04.2014, 17:30
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I spent a few days in Holland before Easter (en route to Sweden) with dog and daughter - we had a great time. Keukenhof was in full bloom and I searched for planting ideas with various areas of my own garden in mind. Slightly faint from the overwhelming scent of hyacinths we came across some themed gardens in a less busy area of the park - there was a bed that caught my eye with Corydalis solida and white muscari. I think the Corydalis might work with the hostas. They are shades of pink/salmon/rose and although initially planted from bulbs should spread with time and hopefully keep pace with the little vermin
Nice suggestion. More ideas here:
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers...als-for-shade/
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Old 23.04.2014, 17:51
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Thanks Odile. The Pulmonaria was 9 chf at our local garden centre so the prices are comparative with the UK.

I was in our local Migros yesterday and they were selling David Austin roses there. I didn't have time to look properly so I'm going back for a look this afternoon.
As said, plenty more here for free- pulmonaria I mean, sadly not David Austin roses.
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Old 23.04.2014, 17:56
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Has anyone else planted bluebells in pots? (Is it too weird of me? ) I got the bulbs from baldur-garten.ch last autumn and am very pleased with the blooms now - they seem to last!

They are lovely- but a scurge in the UK. These are Spanish bluebells, with flowers arranged all around stalk and not very curved up petals. Sadly in the UK they have escaped from gardens into the countryside and causing the demise of the English bluebelleand much hybridisation. As said, the English bluebell has flowers on one side of stalk only, and have much deeper colour and cut petals which turn up much more. In North Leicestershire we had fabulous bluebell woods in the granit and slate region called Swithland, where Bradgate Park is found- the home of the Grey family, as of Jane Grey, Queen for 9 days (after Edward, son of Henry the VIII died- as he didn't want his sister Mary to come to the throne and return England to Cattholicism (she was Henry's first daughter, with Katharine of Arragon)- but she got her beheaded asap.
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Old 27.04.2014, 11:36
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Slug nematodes - has anyone used them?

We mulched the whole garden with leaves over the winter, which has been great for the health of the soil and the worm population has skyrocketed. However, it has also created a haven for the dreaded Schnecken, and the little beasts are starting to devour my young salad greens, perennial flower starts, and sweet peas.
I try to visit the garden at night after it's been raining, armed with a flashlight and a spray bottle of ammonia/H20 solution. I spray the slugs directly, and they die in place. (ammonia is high in nitrogen - the plants love it. But it's too expensive in CH, and my supply from the US will run out eventually...)
Ive seen that Andermatt Bio sells nematodes, but it costs something around CHF 100 to treat 100 sq. meters. On ebay.uk, a product called Nemaslug is available for about half that price. However, I just read this article and will be giving it a try - i'll post the results later in the season if I can remember to so:

DIY Slug Nematodes

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Old 27.04.2014, 12:04
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have raised beds- so I have purchase ribbons of woven copper strips to arrange all around them- sold with plastic pegs. Sneckenstop- in garndening section.

www.hobby-online.ch

ggggrrr on special offer now- and bought 3 at full price (9.95 instead of 14.90). As my raised bed have a flat surface on top- I've fitted mine on top ledge- fitting the tape on the pegs that hold raised beds, rather than the way shown.


As I have badgers visiting the end of our field every night- I also collect snails and slugs every evening and take them to the badger area- their favourite food

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Interesting idea!

I've just sent off my order for nematodes from Andermatt (CHF 34 for 24m2 ) to combat my white larvae infestation - hopefully they will be arriving soon.

But I'm keen to hear of your experiment with DIY nematodes - do please share your results.

This year I'm torn. I have hedgehogs in the garden, and (cute factor aside ) I want them here to keep the slugs in check. But they will only stay as long as there is a ready food source. Slug management is becoming a question of rather delicate balance.
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Old 28.04.2014, 10:05
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Last night I went out and captured approx 50 slugs in a big glass jar, to start the homebrewed nematode experiment. I sprayed/killed approx. 250 more. I thought i'd done pretty well, until I got home and read that only 5% of the slug population is above the surface at any given time If so, my 200 sq. meters of garden could contain upwards of 6,000 slugs I'm hoping the nematode juice will work, but this article makes me skeptical.

time will tell...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

At Landi currently- geraniums, about 5 different colours- for CHF 1.45- you've been un-Switzerlanded (or is it de?)- great offer and much cheaper than in France where the same size was 2Euros50 on Saturday.
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At Landi currently- geraniums, about 5 different colours- for CHF 1.45- you've been un-Switzerlanded (or is it de?)- great offer and much cheaper than in France where the same size was 2Euros50 on Saturday.
That beats the 2.95 I paid - but as these were half off the usual 5.90 price due to the garden center's special Sonntagsverkauf I am quite happy with my purchase. Yes - a retailer open on a Sunday and offering a discount to encourage folks to shop that day.

Un-Switzerlanded indeed.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I`m doing a trial this year, with egg-shells - against slugs!

Since summer last year I`ve been saving egg-shells in a paper carrier bag - resulting in two carrier bags FULL of brittle dried shells. Crushed them fine, and this weekend sprinkled a thick layer all over my new vegetable garden - with an extra thick layer around the edges.

Looks a bit strange - but maybe it will discourage the more agressive slugs?

I dislike using the blue snail-bait pellets, but do distribute them very sparsely at the garden border under bushes and shrubs - because my neighbor on one side has a "natural" garden that hosts the slugs who come over here every evening.
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Old 28.04.2014, 11:55
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I`m doing a trial this year, with egg-shells - against slugs!

Since summer last year I`ve been saving egg-shells in a paper carrier bag - resulting in two carrier bags FULL of brittle dried shells. Crushed them fine, and this weekend sprinkled a thick layer all over my new vegetable garden - with an extra thick layer around the edges.

Looks a bit strange - but maybe it will discourage the more agressive slugs?

I dislike using the blue snail-bait pellets, but do distribute them very sparsely at the garden border under bushes and shrubs - because my neighbor on one side has a "natural" garden that hosts the slugs who come over here every evening.
I use ash from the woodstove and from the barbecue. I sprinkle this lightly around the vegetables most likely to be eaten.

Planting rows of garlic between the veggies also helps dissuade slugs. It also provides a source of garlic. I normally keep some of the seeds and / or bulbs I don't use in the kitchen and re-plant them every year, so no expense involved.

I also try and divert the slug's attention by distributing morsels that they find easier to digest than raw vegetables. Things like left-over bits of pineapples and aubergines are delicacies to slugs and rather than dumping these on the compost I place them next to the compost where the slugs get at them easily. They can somehow smell this from afar and as the slime trails from the entire garden show, they do follow the smell. I then transfer these items to the compost proper after a few days when they start to look ugly.
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Old 30.04.2014, 13:02
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Slug death toll for the past few days- over 1,000!.

Ive been going out there about an hour after dark and hunting them down with the spray bottle. They're mostly tiny little ones, baby grey slugs.

I used scrap from a local sawmill to build my raised beds, and recently pulled off all the bark, giving them less places to hide.

The bark is now laid out over the beds, in between plants, as a mulch and a trap for the slugs. I just flip the bark over and give each slug a spritz of the ammonia solution.

Now i'm thinking about mixing up another spray bottle with a mix of last night's half empty beer can, some yeast, molasses, sugar, and warm water. let it stew for a bit, then spray it on the underside of the bark strips to lure all of the slugs onto the trap.

The nematodes seem like a reasonably priced option, considering they attack all of the slugs/eggs below the ground and could be applied in one application. It'd certainly require way less time and effort than hunting slugs with a flashlight! But i like having a reason to go and check on the garden, and i can ask my wife to buy more beer so that I can protect our plants from slugs..
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

All tbese posts about slugs are making me edgy...are they heading my garden So far I have not found any slimy creatures that don't belong - or that I have mercy on and carry their homes with them.

Does anyone have experience growing Daphne odora? I planted one last year and it is looking fine EXCEPT something (likely deer as there is a hide up the hill) nipped off the tips of the green shoots. Should I prune and tidy or just let it be and hope for flowers next year (will protect from deer somehow).
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Are they any grape vine experts on here?

One of ours is looking decidedly unhappy. It was doing fine until the cold-snap a couple of weeks ago when temperatures dropped below 0'C and we had snow and then the very small, newly formed leaves are looking very limp and sorry for themselves.
The other, whose buds were at a less advanced stage in the cold snap has now got vigorous and normal growth.

I've checked the first for disease and infestation but cannot find anything amiss so think it may be that the new buds were damaged by the cold.

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Had anyone else experienced this and did the vine recover?
Did they do anything to that they know would aid recovery?
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Are they any grape vine experts on here?

One of ours is looking decidedly unhappy. It was doing fine until the cold-snap a couple of weeks ago when temperatures dropped below 0'C and we had snow and then the very small, newly formed leaves are looking very limp and sorry for themselves.
The other, whose buds were at a less advanced stage in the cold snap has now got vigorous and normal growth.

I've checked the first for disease and infestation but cannot find anything amiss so think it may be that the new buds were damaged by the cold.

Questions:
Had anyone else experienced this and did the vine recover?
Did they do anything to that they know would aid recovery?
No expert but I have red and white grape vine, four in total. Mine seen to be coming on nicely, have you given them any nutrients. I usually do this at the beginning of March.
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