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I have a major problem with something eating both bulbs and young plants.
I know my garden is FULL of snails, but the small plants (pansies, violas, cyclamen, hellebores, allysum and more) are literally eaten away down to a stumpy stem. Needless to say, the plants then die.
Small bulbs that I plant appear on the surface half eaten.
We have lots of neighbourhood cats (another gardener's problem) so I wouldn't have thought that mice would be a problem?
Could slugs/snails destroy a plant completely?
Would mice eat plants?
Do mice dig up bulbs?
I have looked into green deterents, and am thinking about spraying a chilli/onion solution across my beds, which should sort out the cats too. Has anyone had any luck with using chilli spray for pest control?
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Just read that DEFRA are considering bringing in an Asian predator to deal with the problem of Japanese Knotweed. It's called Aphalara itadori - read all about it
I'm always uneasy with these biological controls that are imported. Harlequins came to dominate our ecosystems from being introduced into countries other than Asia for aphid control. Any thoughts?
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The Streets of London are paved with gold if you are looking for items to reclaim for use in the garden.
This is one of my favourite 'finds' - a vintage handcart which the local italian restaurant had thrown out during a basement clearance. Makes a great display for container plants.
Having just watched the programme on the use of peat in the garden has really got me to thinking about what I use. It's going to be a challenge but I think after seeing Toby's remarks I'm going to have a go. Anyone else been moved to make changes?
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When we moved into our home 3 years ago, we built a 3 bay compost bin and have slowly built up each bay with garden and kitchen refuse and shredded paper. Have just spent the last few days digging out the 1st bay which is full of fantastic three year old compost. This is being spread over all the borders and veg beds.
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I am a horticulture student (first year) and I am doing a study/research project on companion planting. Part of the report will include qualitative information from people who have tried companion planting. Please help me and tell me your experiences of companion planting. Also, hello everyone, this is my first message on this site. Happy gardening!
I have just had the satisfying task of emptying my compost bin and depositing my lovely home made compost on the garden.
I only have the big black plastic compost bin and it took me a while to get going. At first I had too much greens (kitchin waste) so it was rather too wet and slimy until I balanced it with more of the 'browns' (shredded paper, eggboxes etc). Use a long metal pole to aerate it every now and then but I still think despite the lid, the bin needs a warm cover - e.g. old carpet.
My Tip: I had a bundle of wood shavings which I netted and keep as my compost 'topper' - just pull out the net each time I want to add anything. I noticed this soon accelerated the rate of decomposition
Just thought I would draw attention to any of you who do not know, about the increasing 'pest' problem of invasive non-native plants - in many cases still being sold by garden centres and aquatic centres e.g. japanese knotweed, cotoneaster and many others
full list here http://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/plantlife-campaigning-change-invasive-plants.html