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Slug Killer – review of nemaslug

Monday, May 31st, 2010

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Nemaslug is the answer to all gardener’s prayers. A simple and effective way to kill slugs. It works for up to 6 weeks.
Nemaslug slug killer available at Unwins

It arrived on it’s own and should be placed in the fridge as soon as possible. It needs to be stored chilled as it contains live organisms called nematodeas.

Slug killerLook on the inside packet for the date. Each pack has an expiry date by which you need to have used it.

You can use it outside from March until October – this is when slugs are active.. You can use it indoors inside your greenhouse during the winter months in addition to March – October as you may well have slugs living in the cosy warm of your greenhouse soil!

As any gardener who’s ever suffered the disappointment of finding seedlings all eaten, the slugs are one of the worst pests in the garden. To be able to eliminate them is the dream of most gardeners.

Applying the nemotodes is fairly straight forward. You should however wait until early evening to apply – so that there’s no strong sunlight about. Ideally the soil needs to stay moist for at least two weeks after you’ve put it on. This could mean a lot of watering if it doesn’t rain.

Go outside and find your watering can. It should have markings on the side – virtually all large ones do! You need to fill to the 2 Gallons level. Add one quarter of the packet to this and make sure it’s mixed up well. It’s easier to put in if you have a watering can with a large opening at the top. If you don’t, just open the packet by a corner and this makes it easier to get the powdery substance into the watering can.

Once mixed you need to water it on to the ground. One can should do about 10m²
You also need to then water in the same amount of plain water. You can use a coarse rose on the can if you have one.
Repeat for another 3 lots – until you have used the entire packet up. Make sure you have watered them in too.

You should find that within one week your seedlings and plants are protected. It should last for 6 weeks.

The bigger pack covers 100m²
It’s safe for animals and plants – and won’t hurt humans either! It’s the perfect answer to slug problems!

Free compost

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Apparently several councils have been doing this as one-offs but Swansea have been doing this regularly!

Free garden compost is now available to all Swansea residents from the Tir John Community Recycling Site.

“Swansea City Council is well up sto speed on re-cyling stuff” says Bill who lives there.
“We have a huge Civil Amenities Centre (Dump) where all the composted waste
is there for us to take. There isn’t a limit to the amount we can take, but
if you chose your time carefully you can help youself in relative hassle
free comfort. It is a very popular place though.
One thing you have to put up with is some shredded re-cycling bags mixed in
with the compost, it does rake out quite well when spread.”

York has several dates available – Local residents will have access to free compost this summer thanks to the City of York Council and Yorwaste Ltd.
The compost can be collected from Yorwaste’s Harewood Whin site, on Tinker Lane, off Wetherby Road on various dates. Please check!

Lancaster did it at the start of May – free compost from Williamson Park in Lancaster – we’ve emailed to find out if it’ll be repeated.

As did Exeter – one day for free compost

Ards borough council – The free compost will be on offer at the Waste Recycling Centre, North Road, Newtownards from Monday 17th May for as long as stocks last.

Uttlesford District Council To Hand Out Free Compost Bags To Residents – various dates.

Slough council take them to a local charity garden centre where anyone can collect them free. Find out about Slough’s free compost offer here

Price reductions at Crocus

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Crocus has cut the price of these items

peg-bag was £3.99 now £3.49
Stylishly colour co-ordinated with a fresh colour pallete this peg bag features a stain resistant material with a shower proof coating.

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New products at Crocus

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Crocus has these new items today

kettler-royal-garden-rectangular-mesh-top-table-190-x-105cm £524.49
Robust tubular steel legsAdjustment for uneven surfacesCentral parasol hole with hinged coverProtective footcapsEasy assemblySinter coatedSinter coatingThis is a combination of nylon and aluminium granules, applied by a thermal process, giving coating to metal seven times thicker than normal paint, completely encapsulating and sealing the metal from the elements, which enables us to guarantee our products against rust for a full five years.

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Free tree offer

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

An amazing offer of a free tree!

Choose between a Rowan, Scots Pine or Silver Birch.

Your tree will be a sapling about 20cm in length and posted to you in a protective container.

It’s from Velvet the loo roll company and you can get a free voucher for 50p off too.

Think if you’ve got room to put one before you send off for one.

Free compost

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

This definietly deserves a mention! I’ve been making enquiries recently with local authorities about what happens to the material that the public send away for composting. In Cambrideshire they have an amazing scheme!

Donarbon makes the soil improver they produce through our in-vessel composting system available for the public to collect free of charge at their 3 main sites in Cambridgeshire. These sites are:

Near the main entrance to the Waterbeach Waste Management Park
At the Alconbury Waste Transfer Station
At the March Waste Transfer Station

You will need to take your own spade or shovel and sacks or a small trailer. The free soil improver is available at the following times:

At Waterbeach from 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and 8 am to 1 pm Saturday.
At the Alconbury and March Waste Transfer Stations from 8 am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
For more information about the free compost visit the Donarbon Site

I’m really impressed by this scheme! It’s a great way for people to get free soil conditioning compost!

Perth and Kinross Council also offer free compost!

Please get in touch if your local council does something similar!

New products at John Lewis

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

John Lewis has this new item today

John Lewis Value Breeze Foldable Dining Chairs, Set of 2
John Lewis Value Breeze Foldable Dining Chairs, Set of 2 £35.00
Set of 2 fully foldable dining chairs, made from durable and lightweight eucalyptus wood. Add comfort with a small seatpad, available separately.

New products at Garden Centre Online

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

New lines today at Garden Centre Online

Traditional Greenhouse 6ft x 6ft Greenline inc Base & Roof Vent
Traditional Greenhouse 6ft x 6ft Greenline inc Base & Roof Vent £303.45
A 6′ x 6′ traditional inches glass free inches greenhouse. Features virtually unbreakable, 100% UV protected, crystal clear 0.7mm polycarbonate panels. Polycarbonate has excellent light transmission qualities, essential for growing healthy plants. Rust resistant aluminium frame with forest green colour coating. Galvanized steel base is also included. Roof window opens for ventilation to ensure plants thrive, and prevent mould and mildew growth. This 6′ x 6′ traditional greenhouse comes with guttering which is great for recycling rain water by funnelling the rain into a bucket or water butt. You can then use this for general watering all round the garden in dryer spells.Dimensions: Head room = 197cm/6ft 6ins W 193cm x H 203cm x D 193cm 6ft x 6ft Optional extras can also be purchased to compliment this product (select above).

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Price reductions at Tooled Up

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Tooled Up reduced the price on this product today

Makita HW131 A-M PRO Electric Aquamak Professional Pressure Washer 130 Bar 2200w 240v
Makita HW131 A-M PRO Electric Aquamak Professional Pressure Washer 130 Bar 2200w 240v was £379.95 now £337.08
The HW131 professional unit has specially designed ceramic coated pistons which are controlled by a connecting rod system resulting in a highly durable construction for heavy duty tasks and prolonged use. The powerful 2.2kW induction motor generates …

New products at Tooled Up

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

New item at Tooled Up

Makita PLM4611 Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower 460mm Cut Width 4 Stroke Engine
Makita PLM4611 Self Propelled Petrol Lawn Mower 460mm Cut Width 4 Stroke Engine £424.95
Features:- 4 Stroke Engine- Lead free- For Lawns of up to 1,400sq m- Aluminium steel lined deck- Self propelledSpecifications:Engine: 4-strokeCubic Capacity: 190ccCutting Width: 46cmDimensions: 20/34/48/62/…