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17/05/2013 at 13:46
M asked to grow strawberries this year.
I've spent the last half hour working hard painting pebbles to look like strawberries. Apparently, birds etc try to eat the stones and then hopefully once the real strawberries arrive, they'll leave them alone as they think they are stone.
17/05/2013 at 13:59
Um what are you going to do about the slugs and snails who will come along and eat holes out of them? I don't think they'll be taken in by a pebble.
Straw round the plants can help, by the way, but slug pellets are more effective (you can get some that don't harm other wildlife)
We've planted a few carrots and some spinach this year but nothing much has come up. But then its been cold again so may take a bit longer for them to germinate.
17/05/2013 at 14:03
We've started tomatoes and peas and have strawberry plants but they tend to get eaten, you've just reminded me I need to get some kind of netting for round it
17/05/2013 at 14:10
H is trying to grow tomatoes out of a pot on my window sill! It's not working..
I'd love to have a little veg patch in my garden to grow all sorts. Would save a lot of dosh!
17/05/2013 at 14:23
CedarUm what are you going to do about the slugs and snails who will come along and eat holes out of them? I don't think they'll be taken in by a pebble.
Shhh! Don't shatter my illusions!
Though, I did see in Starbucks yesterday that they give out free coffee grounds that are meant to be good for this. Might ask them for some when I go in next.
17/05/2013 at 14:52
I have never heard the stone thing, we just put a net over our fruit in an attempt to keep birds off.
I use nemaslug for the slugs, biological control so safe for anyother animals in your garden but dangerous for the slugs
17/05/2013 at 18:12
Ha ha, I've never heard of that! My mum grows strawberries in hanging baskets which she thinks helps to keep out slugs etc.
17/05/2013 at 20:43
We usually grow quite a lot but this year it's just not really happening. We'll do tomatoes and grow sweet peas and sunflowers. The chooks eat everything anyway it's a bit of a waste of time! We've done strawberries in hanging baskets before and works well. Perhaps we could do that again this year....
17/05/2013 at 20:45
Actually just watching Gardeners World, getting me a bit more motivated :)
18/05/2013 at 18:49
We are growing peas, broad beans, stgrawberries, raspberries and peppers. We also have lots of sunflowers and sweet peas oh and lettuces.
18/05/2013 at 19:09
I've got to plant tomatoes and runner beans this week. I've got raspberry canes in the garden as well as blackberries. I wish I had a bigger garden so I could have a greenhouse and proper veg patch. We've got chickens too and they really tear up the garden when the sneak out their pen, so it's probably a good thing that I don't have a veg patch. I've used copper bands around pots and plants as these are meant to deter slugs and snails by giving them a little shock.
18/05/2013 at 20:49
I've never heard of the stone thing either. I'm not sure I could be faffed, but we do noamlyl lose a fair few strawberries. We're growing runner beans, leeks, parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, courgette, spring onions, broccoli, salad bits, strawberries, and hopefully apples this year. We normally grow a few accidental marrows too. Hopefully things will do better than last year, it was so wet the garden was a bit of a washout.
19/05/2013 at 16:58
We've got radish, lettuce, broccoli, leeks, carrots (2 type), parsnips, garlic, onion, potatoes, courgette, 2 vines, & have started some tomatoes which are still on the kitchen windowsill.
Also got 2 apple trees & a plum tree which has loads of little plums on. Did have a cherry tree too but it's got bacterial canker so not doing anything
Our problem is our cats who pound over the raised beds & trample everything - we've got some netting over the top but they just trample it - need to build a cage for the netting I think.
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