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Free Garden(er i've slightly cheated) - Part III


By kig1


Wow, it has been ages since I have been on this website but now I can finally say I’m back.
I’ve been pretty busy digging beds and trying to find plants depending where the sun shines or not. Unfortunately I have spent some money on a Fatsia Japonica plant, I couldn’t resist. Only now it has become a favorite attraction for snails. I did not realise that something so small could do so much damage and if your a Hosta plant well you’ve got no chance!!

Yes I’m learning the joy of pest’s but my daughter loves the little slugs who carry their house upon their backs. She hates the houseless ones, which I found out the other day. In fact I think the whole neighbourhood has realised this to be the case. She can scream.

I have also taken on the task of cleaning the patio which has been neglected for years and ended up using a wire brush to see the true colours.

I did plant some tulips which were very successful to my neglective surprise which I will attach pictures off.
I would have looked after them better but the new arrival who is now 14 weeks old distracted us quite a bit.

I’ve also tried using orange peel to put the cats off, which was a tip I picked up from Superscrimpers. I don’t think its working yet and in fact I think they like my garden even more.

Also added a couple of Hydrangea, both are lacecap and hopefully they’ll do well in the partial shade.

Well that’s it for the moment but as I say some photo’s will follow.

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sounds like you've been busy, look forward to the photos, I love hydrangeas, especially the lacecap ones.

22 May, 2013


Slugs and snails are the bane of our lives and they love the new plants Kig, my Hostas are now in pots, easier to stop the snails shredding them, I have noticed you cheated ( your words not mine, LOL) I dare say we will forgive you as you are obviously busy with a new baby in the house, I'm afraid the cats will always come to your freshly dug garden, I have my own and tried various methods over the years, I swear some of the stuff actually has the opposite effect and attracts them even more, the best deterrent is a quick squirt via the hosepipe or a waterpistol, it doesn't hurt the cat or the garden, I have coaxed my cats to only one area by planting catnip but obviously thats no good for you as you don't want them going anywhere your daughter is likely to be playing....

22 May, 2013


Ive tried surrounding my hostas with coarse grit in the hope that the little slimy dears won't cross it. 14 weeks is a perfect age for a baby isn't it, when she isn't screaming. Smiling and beginning to take notice. Look forward to a photo.

22 May, 2013


I'm sorry to hear you've had such damage from slugs and snails. I grow my hostas in pots on the decking. I don't think they like to crawl over the wood, especially in dry weather.
I don't think there's anything you can do about the cats. One of my neighbours has bought a thing that emits a sound they don't like, but she's told me that my cat just sits and listens to it :o)

23 May, 2013


Lol Hywel - isn't that just pussycats all over...

23 May, 2013


True :D

23 May, 2013

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