Thursday, 26 April 2018

A helping hand for the hostas

We eat a lot of eggs - Management has a cooked breakfast every morning and I manage to do so nearly every day.  That's a lot of eggshells which used to go into the compost bin, but since January we have been keeping them separately.  Dried out in the greenhouse, and crushed (which hurts like hell if you're only wearing latex gloves, hopefully it will be just as uncomfortable for the slugs!), they are part of this year's attempt to stop the hostas being munched.



By growing mainly the thick leaved, blue hostas, I generally get to the end of the season with only a small amount of slug & snail damage but if I can reduce that even further then why not?



I've cleared bark chip, leaves and other slug-attracting detritus from around each plant, and then sprayed the both the egg shells and the plant with this garlic concentrate (which stinks but is better than making it at home).



The spray will have to be renewed if we get heavy rain, and I might extend the 'exclusion zone' with some horticultural grit (I've found two bags left-over from last year's not-very-successful tulip growing experiment), and then I'll cross my fingers and hope these glorious plants can grow fairly damage free.









Yesterday Eunice asked where my Gardening Assistant was?  All the time I am in the Coppice area she takes up station where she can keep an eye on both me and the rest of the garden.  Bundled up in a warm coat (the wind is bitterly cold this morning) she seems fairly chilled with life at present!













8 comments:

  1. All bundled up in her warm coat and keeping an eye out for any intruders in the garden, bless her :) Now if only she could help you with the various jobs....

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    1. Eunice, I have no expectation of her ever giving me any assistance, and as she is now very deaf unless she has an intruder in direct line of sight they are in no danger of being woofed at!

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  2. Daisy has the life of Riley, not much actual assisting going on :)

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    1. You’re right there Eileen. The only ones doing any assisting are her two Members of Staff!

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  3. Hate to say it, but I think I might put up with the slugs if I could only get my hostas to come up reliably. Been a struggle but this year I put in some new soil to give them more growing medium, so I'm hoping for better luck. We shall see. Can't wait to see your garden in full bloom.

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    1. I’m sorry you cannot grow hostas easily Sue. At our last house I didn’t have rich enough soil, and very little shade so did not even try. I think that’s why I’m enjoying them so much in this garden :)

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  4. Hi Daisy. Just taking in that wonderful view would certainly be chilling out & stress busting, which is what I need just now. I've not used eggshells for years for that type of mulching, especially here with so many blackbirds that seem to feast on any snails & slugs. The garden is sure looking glorious, even on a cloudy day. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan, I’m sorry you cannot lounge around at Bag End - we could provide a serious amount of stress-busting. Generally the blackbirds take care of most of the slugs and we have a pair of thrush (currently nesting in one of the laurel hedges, hurrah!) who keep the snail population down, but hostas are always going to be vulnerable to a good munching :-(

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