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I wronged the slugs :( I have found scads of snails instead. I have only seen one slug and it went with snails, straight into my wheely bin! They can eat the weeds!

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If you open the lid of your wheely bin, you will find the whole lot has migrated to the inside of the lid...

 

My next-door neighbour ties them into economy nappy sacks so they can't escape.

 

Can't help wondering whether we're getting fixated on mollusc slaughter :blink:

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Enough of the pests!

 

We have the most wonderful shrub rose bush with literally hundreds of small pink flowers on it at the moment.

 

It is absolutely beautiful, the variety is called... Ballerina.

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I attacked the nettles last night and this morning and all the plants are now out. I shall only buy petunias for hanging baskets in future!

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SALT, SALT AND MORE SALT!

 

No!!! Have you ever seen what it does to a slug? Ugh. It's about the cruellest way possible of killing them - I wouldn't want to inflict a death like that on my worst enemy.

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I throw them out into the road where I know they will be run over, which may be cruel but not as cruel as the salt method. Incidentally, I found one in my front garden the other day which had a Tippex mark on its shell; I did laugh - this is what some people do to test the old wives' theory about about snails always returning to their place of irigin!

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It isn't an Old Wives' Tale, snails really do have a homing instinct - a few years ago we did a test (don't ask!) using nail varnish. We dumped them at the bottom of the field near our house, and most of them made it back in a couple of days.

 

Each time we found one, we would put another blob of varnish on. One of them managed to get back eleven times!

 

The test was scuppered by a local thrush, who used to bash the life out of them on a stone in our rockery.

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So it has rained for a good deal of today and I found a good many slugs and snails which needed up in the pond or down the loo!

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I would really love to have a thrush in my garden but I have cats. Our garden has been neglected as this house had been rented out for 4 years before we bought it. There were not many slugs/snails in the gardens - until i started buying plants to brighten up the plethora of shrubs - my garden is green, green and yet more green. I also have the wind to contend with and my hanging basket is suffering. After having torn down a climber of unspecified variety (it was trying to get inside the house) I now think replacing the space with a hanging basket was not such a good idea - ho hum I'll learn.

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It's heart breaking, isn't it? They don't like rough walls and if you can afford it, sharp grit or small gravel around plants also cramps their style!

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If anyone is interested in an easy (and very humane!) way to deter cats - either your own or other people's - from digging in your garden, try leaving all your orange peelings scattered on the flower beds. They don't like the smell.

 

Another idea is to add a tablespoon of garlic puree to a watering can of water and water the plants with it, sprinkling it on the foliage as well as the ground. The plants take up the garlic, which cats dislike, and it also helps to stop greenfly; they don't much like it either.

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Not heard of the garlic puree - I may try that for the greenfly. My cats are very naughty and won't use the garden - they prefer the dirt tray! The eldest cat has really bad arthritis and as the garden hasn't been turned over for years the younger one has decided it's ok for her to use the dirt tray as well! Really really hate dirty trays. These are the first cats I've had who do this :(

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Porthesia, with more than one cat, it could be a territorial thing. They need to 'mark' their space, and will go on top of another cat's business to do this.

 

If it is a nice sunny day (haha, fat chance), have you tried putting the tray just outside the door? Sometimes it works if you move it an inch or two towards the door each day, so they don't notice too much.

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I've been digging up weeds for an hour and a half. I may do a half gainer into the bath :)

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After this week's rain, the moats that I see I reported back on 13th June are once again back in place - and I'm cutting off waterlogged rose heads these days at a rate I can't recall ever before. Mid-July!

 

(Speaking of which, today's Sunday Times has a front page piece on the possibility of the Olympic Beach Volleyball ladies having to cover up on their Horseguards sandpit if the weather stays as it has been lately! Not what those who paid for expensive tickets had in mind, I imagine.)

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Is anyone else having trouble with their roses this year? Mine are flowering really well but they seem to be really suffering with rust and blackspot.

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We only have four but they seem to be all right so far. :::Crosses fingers:::

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Years ago, we eviscerated a pink mallow type plant in our garden. So we thought! It has sent out little ones all over the lawn and is very invasive. I am after the roots - they go down about three feet, split off and and create even more! Argh! I hate it!

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Talking of mallows, we used to have one in our garden (a shrubby-type one) with white flowers tinged with pink. It was rather short-lived and died nearly 20 years ago.

 

Well - it is back, in the very same place! It's roots must have been hanging round dormant for years waiting for the right moment... :o

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They really are bloody awful! I dug up three separate areas of root last evening and more are awaiting me now!

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Mine is actually rather pretty so I'll leave it where it is for now. I think it is a hybrid so it won't seed everywhere!

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It was bright pink with large trumpet shaped flowers on it.

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We had a Flying Ants Day some three weeks or so ago and I'd assumed that was it for this year. Not so! With the return of the sun and some humidity today, they have emerged in the last hour or so in their hundreds - far more than last time - with lots coming from colonies in the grass. Quite apocalyptic to look at in some ways - and I'm hoping that this will be an end to it for 2012.

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Flying ants...UGH!!!!!!

 

I had them in my kitchen once. I got home from work, opened the kitchen door and found thousands of them all flying about - they'd got in all the cupboards and everything! It was totally disgusting :wacko:

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