Thoroughly Modern Tilly’s Garden

The minimal, modern style garden is nearly complete, big change from the garden of last spring.  Tilly the Cockapoo, has certainly made her mark in our garden, the lawn laid in the autumn couldn’t cope with our playful puppy, so dog friendly artificial turf seemed the perfect answer.
The planting kept simple, herbs, salad and veg okay for our furry friend to chew. The front garden, is now home to the cottage garden plants that need to be out of her way!

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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?

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Seedlings and seeds

box of plantsParcels from the postman are always exciting and rarely for me, but the very best ones are plants. I ordered some seedlings from Sarah Raven, for my front garden mix of purple, acid green and orange annuals. I am growing most from seed but have ordered some ready to go plants too. plantsThese lovelies arrived yesterday, quickly potted on, they already look very pleased with themselves and are enjoying the sun.plug plant

and my Cornflowers are up!

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