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Maeve Drogheda
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took a chance and planted out my cauliflower, brocolli and kale last Sunday. I covered the raised bed with seaweed and planted up. I made sure to leave the seaweed dangling over the edges of the raised bed and this will keep the slugs away. So far so good, the plants are thriving and the slugs have not be seen.

Anyone else got any tips to keep slugs away from plants, with out using harmful chemicals, or beer!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave some wood lying around. I've left some bits of old scaffolding boards lying around my plot and the slugs ALWAYS head for these. They will never learn!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a lot of brassicas planted and I am a bit worried about them with all this wind and rain. The garden fleece was a waste of time and effort, and the neighbour got it anyway!! The high winds yesterday and today are rough to say the least. I did plant the tomatoes and cucumbers in their boxes in the green house and they are happy out, and any sunsine makes them happier.

I stared to eat the lettuce I grew this year in the greenhouse and the winter scallions, this gives me hope for the summer ahead. Seaweed still working keeping the slugs away.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maeve Drogheda wrote:
I took a chance and planted out my cauliflower, brocolli and kale last Sunday. I covered the raised bed with seaweed and planted up. I made sure to leave the seaweed dangling over the edges of the raised bed and this will keep the slugs away. So far so good, the plants are thriving and the slugs have not be seen.

Anyone else got any tips to keep slugs away from plants, with out using harmful chemicals, or beer!!


Coke (other fizzy drinks are available) works as well as beer. I use beer meself. Cannot believe how many slugs there are this year.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is something I never heard of before. I will give that a go, maybe a 7up with out the martini!!

I am pleased witht he seaweed though, it seems to be working even though we have had lots of rain. 1st May and its is miserable I have never needed to see sunshine so much!!
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, April has been not just wet but there has been a constant cold wind. Even my broad beans are not taking off! Hopefully we will get a warmer spell at least - if not very dry!
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planted out the beetroot, and sweetcorn over the week end but have them covered in garden fleece.

I started to cut some of my rhubarb also to make some tarts. On Sunday evening I picked some lettuce and scallions and make a little salad, a taste of things to come. I hope
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The curse of the Irish Gardener struck again yesterday.

I got home from work, went out to the garden and noticed that everything was a bit too dry and needed a good watering. I took out the hose and watered everything, nice sunny evening, when I was happy that everything was watered, I put away the hose and went indoors.

I looked out the window an hour later and it was raining, really heavy rain.

My husband thought it was very funny!!

You water your plants and it rains.
You put out summer bedding and there is frost.

Like I say the curse of the Irish Gardener.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got few seeds out of a butternut squash I bough in Tesco Very Happy dried them and sowed them later just to see what'd happen. I call this baby "Tesco Squash" Laughing



ps. ignore shabby cucumber in the background
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done on your tesco squash.

Last year a friend told me how to dry sees from tomatoes and cucumbers, which I did and yesterday I go a very big surprise, I have 9 cucumbers coming on and it looks like I will be able to harvest one in the next two weeks.

Tomatoes are a bit slow this year, but there are yellow flowers apprearing so with any luck they will come good especially that the good weather is on the way.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

few more days.. can't wait!
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cucumbers are still small but with weather improving I'm expecting them to be ready in two weeks too:



yeah, I think I'm gonna try to get more seeds of supermarket veggies as an experiment next year Smile
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely stuff!! Maybe I'm wrong, but see that flower beside the cucumber, I think that might be male flower. If it is I believe it needs to be pinched out or your cucumber will turn out bitter. Unless it is an all-female plant. My first year growing but I just know this from reading. I have a couple of all-female F1 hybrid plants but a couple of male flowers did come out so i pinched them.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your strawberries and cucumbers are doing very nicely. As dormouse says, I grew a similar cucumber last year and was religiously pinching out the male flowers, but after a while I stopped and it did not hinder the crop at all. I am sure there is a valid reason and the experts here will no doubt let us know, but I had a bumper crop of cucumbers last year

This year I am growing a crop that has only one flower and they do not need any work and already I have 9 cucumber coming on and the first will be ready to harvest in 10 - 14 days.

Your strawberries look really delicious.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's female flower beside the cucumber in pic. cucumber doubled if not tripled in size in two days since I took that picture. I'm so excited. Embarassed there's loads of male flowers on the plant but I'm not pinching them off. this is actually the first time I've heard about it.
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