End of June in the Garden

A bit behind with my posts, that may be something to do with Tilly, she is keeping me very busy. These pictures were taken at the end of June, but the garden is changing so quickly, I must keep the photos coming.
pathway and petalsflower bednew bedcutting gardenby the garden room

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Slugs, snails and puppy dogs tails

IMG_4665Slugs and snails have to be every gardeners’ worst enemy.  Their slimly trails, a map of last nights bar and restaurant crawl around the garden. But now with the imminent arrival of Tilly the Cockapoo, the sinister presence of these voracious beasts takes on a whole new meaning.
I am now faced, not only with the blighters eating my plants, but much worse, giving her Lungworm which is fatal.
Slugs and snails carry the lungworm larvae and when eaten can infect dogs. They can also get it from grass,  drinking from puddles or outside water bowls, or even their toys. I discovered from Lungworm.co.uk  there have been 1235 cases within 50 miles of where I live. It has some very good information about prevention and will be getting advice from our breeder and vet.

So the beer traps will have to go as she will most likely drink these. Watering should move to the morning as they venture out at night making it all too easy for them to move about.

If you don’t have pet to worry about there a lots of ways to try and trick those beasts.

They love to eat Comfrey, so that could be a decoy plant to save your prize Hostas.
I have used coffee grains as a barrier in a circle around plants, tried broken eye shells and sand.  Copper tape seems to work on pots, as does smearing with Vaseline.
Late night walks with a head torch are always such fun. pick them up and send them on a all inclusive package holiday to the recycling centre via the green bin.
The chicken run was perfect place for them to hang out, but be aware chickens are not good with the big fat ones.
I tried Nematodes (microscopic parasites) that kill slugs both above and below the ground, really not sure how effective it was, I may have had less.
It is essential to keep the garden free from places they can chill out including: empty or broken pots, leaves, overgrown shrubs, twigs and branches. Check around rims of pots for snails and underneath for slugs.

How do you get rid of slugs and snails?

All photographs ©teaandtiffindesigns

Front of house gardening

front garden.jpg

The blue plastic that had been protecting the garden from the local cat community was removed and I was ready to get planting.
My plan, a very loose one, was hardy annuals (mainly) in purple and orange.
The bean canes have been planted with Sweet Pea “Blue Velvet’ and Purple Cobaea scandens. They are surrounded by a mix of Lavender Munstead, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, Eschschoizia californica ‘Orange King’, Salvia Viridis and Calendula ‘Indian Prince’

 

I covered the plants with pea netting, to provide the necessary support as they grow, but also to protect them ‘hopefully’ from my furry neighbours!
I also like to give the local slugs and snails a celebratory beer, rude not to.

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Labels for plants

ceramic labelsOnce my plants leave the greenhouse, I still like to keep them marked for information with a decorative label.
With herbs and vegetables, it is particularly useful to keep them identified, if you send someone else to collect what is needed for dinner. Good with Perennial plants too, a reminder where they were planted last summer, have they survived the winter?
I use these broken pottery labels to give a cottage garden feel to my kitchen garden.When making these, first smooth off any sharp edges on the pottery with coarse sandpaper, then for the writing use a waterproof marker pen.
Important to position them in a safe place away from children and pets.
herb labels
coloured labelscoloured lollipop stick labels
When my cutting garden annuals are ready to plant in the garden, these colourful homemade labels are perfect reminder of each plant colour. metal heartschive labelportrait mock upThis Plant Label print is for sale in my Etsy shop.


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April in the garden

potting bench

April has arrived with sunshine, very heavy showers at times and lots to do in the garden. My new galvanised steel staging has been built (thank you lovely patient husband) and is in position. It replaces the rotten wooden staging, which will finish it’s life as a useful outside place for hardening off my plants.
The raised bed is covered to warm the soil and protect it from my cat friends. Elsewhere I have spread Pyracantha branches on the tempting soil, fingers crossed.

wire chicken