If slugs are a continual problem but you don’t want to go down the route of using pellets then a chemical free approach is called for. From slug “pubs” to copper strips there are a few on the market to choose from now and, as the weather warms up, decisions need to be made.
Slug Barricade from Darlac is not only…
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Acacia wood frame, polycarbonate glazing and steel fittings.
The Acacia wood is kiln-dried and the glazing is twin-skinned. Measures: 3ft 2in (100cm) wide x 231/2in (60cm) wide x 153/4in (40cm) high at the back. Has a micro-adjustable lid for ventilation and watering.
Light and easy enough to move around and looked…
Keep bedding and border displays weed free this season with top tips from AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Aim to dig out weeds growing in border soils unless you’re faced with persistent weeds that re-grow from bits of root left in the ground (ground elder, bindweed and couch grass spring to mind) .
Digging is eco-friendly, cheaper, and it removes the risk…
Keep patios, paths and drive weed free with top tips from AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Allow weeds to mature in the joins between patio slabs or block paving and it can be a real problem to remove them by hand. With no room to dig out tap roots, perennial weeds will likely return soon after pulling off or scraping away…
Stay chemical free with regular soil cultivation, says AG gardening editor Kris Collins
Regular hoeing or cultivation of garden soils is the best way to prevent weeds taking hold. Scratch over the soil weekly with a hoe or clawed hand cultivator and it’s an easy job – but watch out for emerging perennial flowers. The soil never has time to compact,…
Getting dirt, moss and the like off paving, decking and garden furniture can be hard work and time-consuming. But now you can give your elbow more power and be eco-friendly at the same time with help from the newly launched K7 Eco Beast from Karcher.
Endorsed by Waterwise it’ll save you over 50 per cent on water when compared to a…
Kris shows how to start off crops of basil
Fill a pot with a good quality soil-based seed compost. Tamp down the surface. Lightly sprinkle a few seeds on the surface, then water.
Cover with a ¼in (6mm) layer of vermiculite. Label, then place in a light, warm place. A temperature of 13˚C (55˚F) is needed.
I place the seeds under a clear-domed…
Usually we grow climbers up a wall or trellis, but how about trying to thread them through shrubs? It can make for a stunning partnership, says Graham Rice
Many shrubs and trees, when their main season is over, are less than appealing. In particular, this applies to the summer look of winter- and spring-flowering forsythias, viburnums, rhododendrons, crab apples and flowering…
Kris creates an Easter hanging basket
Place a liner into the basket and secure with plastic ties if required. Once in, start by covering the base of the liner with multipurpose compost.
I’m positioning some sprouting dwarf narcissus in the centre of the basket. The blooms will be held above surrounding plants.
Next to go in are some coloured hybrid primroses. Three, planted…