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Lettuce at T&M

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Lettuce ‘Hollywood’ (Iceberg/Crisphead) – Kew Collection Seeds – 1 packet (350 seeds) £2.99

Lettuce ‘Gem Collection’ (Cos) – 2 packets – 1 of each variety (1400 seeds in total) £2.99

Lettuce ‘Leny’ (Batavian) – 1 packet (200 seeds) £2.99

Salad Leaves Mixture ‘Misticanza D’Insalate’ – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (6000 seeds) £2.69

Lettuce ‘Ultimate Mixed’ – 1 packet (200 seeds) £2.69

Lettuce ‘Ultimate Mixed’ – Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection – 1 packet (200 seeds) £2.69

Lettuce ‘Rossa a Foglia Riccia da Tavolo’ (Loose-Leaf) – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (7000 seeds) £2.69

Lettuce ‘Little Gem Pearl’ (Cos) – 1 packet (750 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Colour Shades Mixed’ (Loose-Leaf) – 1 packet (400 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Cassandra’ (Butterhead) – 1 packet (250 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Green Hearting Mixed’ (Butterhead) – 1 packet (800 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Musson’ (Iceberg/Crisphead) – SowStrong® Collection – 1 packet (250 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Lollo Rossa’ (Loose-Leaf) – 1 packet (250 seeds) £2.49

Chinese Leaves ‘Richi’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (60 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Tamburo’ (Cos) – SowStrong® Collection – 1 packet (250 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Antartica’ (Iceberg/Crisphead) – 1 packet (250 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Chartwell’ (Romaine) – 1 packet (500 seeds) £2.49

Lettuce ‘Sonette’ (Iceberg/Crisphead) – 1 packet (500 seeds) £2.29

Lettuce ‘Arctic King’ (Butterhead) – 1 packet (1750 seeds) £2.29

Lettuce ‘Winter Gem’ (Cos) – 1 packet (150 seeds) £2.29

Lettuce ‘Mini Green Improved’ (Iceberg/Crisphead) – 1 packet (250 seeds) £2.29

Corn Salad ‘Cavallo’ – 1 packet (650 seeds) £2.29

Salad Leaves ‘Continental’ – 1 packet (1750 seeds) £2.19

Herby Salad Leaf Mixed – 1 packet (750 seeds) £2.09

Lettuce ‘Lettony’ (Batavian) – 1 packet (300 seeds) £2.09

Lettuce Leaves Crunchy Blend – 1 packet (1000 seeds) £2.09

Lettuce ‘Salad Bowl’ (Loose-Leaf) – 1 packet (1250 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Verde A Foglia Riccia’ (Loose-Leaf) – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (7000 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Mazurosso’ (Loose-Leaf) – 1 packet (250 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Great Lakes’ (Iceberg/Crisphead) – Heritage – 1 packet (1500 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Little Gem Delight’ (Cos) – Duchy Originals Organic Seeds – 1 packet (175 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Dynamite’ (Butterhead) – Duchy Originals Organic Seeds – 1 packet (150 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Lollo Bionda’ (Loose-Leaf) – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (4000 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Red Salad Bowl’ (Loose-Leaf) – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (4000 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Winter Density’ (Cos) – Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection – 1 packet (1500 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Relic’ (Loose-leaf) – 1 packet (350 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Quattro Stagioni’ (Butterhead) – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (6400 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Little Gem’ (Cos) – 1 packet (1250 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘All The Year Round’ (Butterhead) – 1 packet (1500 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Tom Thumb’ (Butterhead) – 1 packet (1350 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Bionda Lenta a Montare’ (Romaine) – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (4800 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Crisp Mint’ (Cos) – Heritage – 1 packet (500 seeds) £1.99

Lettuce ‘Nymans’ (Cos) – 1 packet (350 seeds) £1.79

Salad Leaves ‘Niche’ – RHS Garden Explorers Children’s Seeds – 1 packet (200 seeds) £1.49

Lettuce ‘Mazur’ (Loose-Leaf) – 1 packet (250 seeds) £0.99

The Northern Fruit Group

Monday, December 24th, 2012

The Northern Fruit Group

Promoting fruit growing in the North of England. With section on Yorkshire Apples

Mulching tractor

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Craftsman 17.5hp 42 inch Hydrostatic Mulching Tractor
 £1799.00
The Craftsman 17.5hp hydrostatic mulching lawn tractor is the ideal solution for those gardeners on a budget. With a 17.5hp Briggs and Stratton INTEK engine, Hydrostatic transmission and a 107cm/ 42 inch working width it is suitable for areas up to 2 acres. In vigorous growth the optional 42 inch Craftsman 2 bin collector can be added. For areas which are cut more frequently the mulching option can be utilised, the grass clippings are then cut and cut again into small pieces which then disappear into the lawn returning nutrients back to the soil. Features: Side Discharge The cut grass is discharged through the opening at the side of the lawn tractor and evenly distributed over the lawn. This ensures that the grass cuttings decompose quicky, as there are no clumps of grass left on your lawn. Fertilise on the Go Turn your Craftsman ride on lawn mower into a mulching machine. No tools are needed to install the standard equipment mulch cover Specifications: Engine : Briggs & Stratton OHV Power : 17.5hp Transmission : Hydrostatic Blade Engagement : Manual Cutting Width : 42 inch – 107cm Cutting Height : 38-102mm Mulching : Yes Optional Grass Box Volume: 210 L (Optional Box) Weight : 200kg Manufacturer’s 1 year warranty

Spoof story surely?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

This hedgehog rescue story claims that 6 people spent 3 1/2 hours trying to rescue this hedghhog from a crisp packet.
“A baby hedgehog which found itself stuck in a crisp packet has been released after a three-and-a-half hour rescue involving six people.”

Surely in these times of austerity it’s madness to waste that much time and resouces when someone could have just poked a stick through the railings and dragged the bag closer.


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If we assume the shops on Loxton road are these pictures and the stairs that are gated off are in the middle left of the image then why didn’t someone just go and find someone with a key?

Courgette seeds from T&M

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Courgette ‘Defender’ F1 Hybrid – 5 plants £6.99

Courgette ‘Coloured Collection’ – 3 packets – 1 of each variety £5.99

Courgette ‘Self-setting Collection’ – 2 packets – 1 of each variety (10 seeds in total) £4.99

Courgette ‘Cavili’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (5 seeds) £3.99

Courgette ‘Tricolour’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (5 seeds) £3.49

Cucumber ‘Sunsweet’ – 1 packet (5 seeds) £3.49

Courgette ‘Dundoo’ F1 Hybrid – Duchy Originals Organic Seeds – 1 packet (5 seeds) £3.49

Courgette ‘Soleil’ F1 Hybrid – Duchy Originals Organic Seeds – 1 packet (5 seeds) £3.49

Courgette ‘Defender’ F1 Hybrid – Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection – 1 packet (12 seeds) £2.99

Courgette ‘Midnight’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (10 seeds) £2.99

Courgette ‘Black Forest’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (4 seeds) £2.99

Courgette ‘Venus’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (10 seeds) £2.99

Courgette ‘Parador’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (5 seeds) £2.99

Courgette ‘Parthenon’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (5 seeds) £2.99

Courgette ‘Defender’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (12 seeds) £2.99

Courgette ‘Sunstripe’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (10 seeds) £2.99

Marrow ‘Tiger Cross’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (12 seeds) £2.79

Courgette ‘Alfresco’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (8 seeds) £2.69

Courgette ‘Patio Star’ F1 Hybrid – Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection – 1 packet (6 seeds) £2.69

Courgette ‘Soleil’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (12 seeds) £2.49

Pumpkin ‘Summer Ball’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (8 seeds) £2.29

Courgette ‘All Green Bush’ – 1 packet (25 seeds) £2.29

Courgette ‘De Nice a Fruit Rond’ – 1 packet (12 seeds) £2.29

Courgette ‘Zephyr’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (10 seeds) £2.29

Courgette ‘Nano Verde di Milano’ – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (54 seeds) £2.29

Courgette ‘Tondo di Toscana’ – Vita Sementi® Italian Seeds – 1 packet (45 seeds) £2.29

Courgette ‘El Greco’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (10 seeds) £2.09

Basil ‘Sweet Green’ – 1 packet (400 seeds) £1.99

Courgette ‘Firenze’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (6 seeds) £1.99

Courgette ‘BBQ Mixed’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (8 seeds) £1.99

Chicken coops at Wilkos

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Chicken Coop Run RS 716L
 £60.00
Keeping chickens is very easy and a lot of fun, they make excellent pets and supply you with your very own free range eggs. It is a really rewarding hobby which will keep you fascinated. The chicken coop run is manufactured to fit the RS 716L chicken coop, but can be used independently to hold chickens during the day.Chicken Coop Specifications (Not Included)A superb house style, the RS-716L chicken coop will accommodate between 4-6 small to medium sized birds dependent on breed. It is ideal for those requiring household egg supplies and will enhance any garden with its modern design.The elevated design of the chicken coop will prevent rising damp and stave off the cold. The chicken coop RS-716L is manufactured from Tongue and Groove timber with approximately 1.2cm cladding. There is a pull out plastic tray for easy cleaning. The nesting box has a lift style lid to ensure easy removal of eggs and for ease of cleaning. The RS-716L chicken coop is fully weather treated and there is a non slip ramp leading to a lift up door on the front of the chicken coop. Delivered flat packed and comes with easy to follow instructions.Specifications:Run4-6 Small to Medium Birds (This is a Guideline Only)12mm wall claddingPull out plastic tray for easy cleaningEasy clean nesting boxPre-TreatedEasy to assembleChicken Coop Size (Not Included)Height:114cmWidth:124.5cmDepth:100cmRun SizeHeight:112.5cmWidth:108cmDepth:90cmAll dimensions are approximate and are external measurements which also include any overhangs

Chicken House – RS 712
 £140.00
Keeping chickens is very easy and a lot of fun, they make excellent pets and supply you with your very own free range eggs. It’s also a really rewarding hobby which will keep you fascinated.If your wanting a different look the Chicken House RS 712 is the ideal product for you. This chicken coop is perfect for the urban chicken keeper or those with limited space available. The chicken house can accommodate approximately 3 medium size birds and includes a nesting box and perch for your pet(s) to rest and lay eggs. The chicken coop is dipped in animal friendly wood preserve with a flat roof which is covered in ashfelt to help protect against the weather. The door on the front of the chicken coop is lockable and will keep your pet(s) safe and secure during the night, with ventilation holes to allow fresh air to circulate. The Chicken House RS 712 is delivered flat packed with easy to follow instructions.FeaturesPerfect for the urban chicken keeper or those with limited space availableSuitable for up to 3 medium sized birds approximatelyNesting box & Perch includedLockable front doorFully weather treatedWeighs: 32.8kgSpecificationHeight: 80cmWidth:150cmDepth:79cmPlease note the dimensions given are to the widest point. The length includes the roof overhangFor more Chicken Coops, Poultry Housing, Rabbit Hutches and Dog Kennels, don’t for get to check out our fantastic range of pet products

Chicken House – RS 709S
 £160.00
Keeping chickens is very easy and a lot of fun, they make excellent pets and supply you with your very own free range eggs. It also a really rewarding hobby which will keep you fascinated. This superb chicken coop RS 709 is an all in one chicken house and run, and will accommodate up to 5 – 6 Bantams or 4 Rhode Island birds approximately. It is ideal for those requiring household egg supplies and will enhance any garden with its modern design. The Chicken house has a pull out removable floor for easy cleaning and the nesting box has a lift style lid to allow easy access to the eggs inside. The nesting box on the side is also removable and ventilation holes in the chicken coop let your pets breath easily. The chicken coop is fully weather treated and features a ramp leading from the sleeping area to the run. The chicken coop RS 709 is delivered flat packed with easy to follow instructions.Features IncludedSuitable for up to 5-6 Bantams or 4 Rhode Island (Approximately)Modern designPerchesFully weather treatedRemovable floor panel and nesting box for easy cleaningWeighs approximately 42.5kgSpecificationsChicken House and RunHeight:103cmWidth:198.8cmDepth:75cmNesting BoxHeight:39cmWidth:35.5cmDepth:70cmDoorHeight:51cmWidth:27cmPlease note the dimensions given are to the widest point. The length includes the roof overhang and nesting box attached to the hen house that pretrudes from the rear of the main chicken run.For more Chicken Coops, Poultry Housing, Rabbit Hutches and Dog Kennels, don’t for get to check out our fantastic range of pet products

Chicken Coop with Attached Exercise Run – RS 706
 £170.00
Keeping chickens is very easy and a lot of fun, they make excellent pets and supply you with your very own free range eggs. It also a really rewarding hobby which will keep you fascinated.The chicken coop with attached exercise run RS 706 is ideal for someone just starting out keeping chickens. Suitable for between 2 to 4 chickens dependant upon size of breed approximately. Made from Chinese Fur timber and fully weather treated, it is ideal for those requiring household egg supplies and will enhance any garden with its modern design. The chicken house has a removable nesting box and perches for your pet(s) to rest and the vents help fresh air to circulate around the chicken house. The back door on the chicken coop allows for easy access to clean. The spacious exercise run has an opening roof and end panel which can be shut off at night for extra security if desired. The chicken coop with attached exercise run RS 706 is delivered flat packed with easy to follow instructions.FeaturesSuitable for between 2 to 4 chickens dependant upon size of breed approximatelyModern DesignMade from Chinese Fur timberFully weather treadedRemovable nesting box and perchesVents for fresh airBack door for easy access to cleanSpacious exercise runWeighs 41kgsSpecificationCoopHeight: 115 cmWidth: 127 cmDepth: 65 cmExercise RunHeight: 58cmDepth: 122cmWidth: 86cmPlease note the dimensions given are to the widest point. The length includes the roof overhang and nesting box attached to the hen house that protrudes from the rear of the main chicken run.For more Chicken Coops, Poultry Housing, Rabbit Hutches and Dog Kennels, don’t for get to check out our fantastic range of pet products

Chicken Coop RS 716L
 £180.00
Keeping chickens is very easy and lots of fun, they make excellent pets and supply you with your very own free range eggs. It is a really rewarding hobby which will keep you fascinated. A superb house style, the RS-716L chicken coop will accommodate between 4-6 small to medium sized birds dependent on breed. It is ideal for those requiring household egg supplies and will enhance any garden with its modern design.The elevated design of the chicken coop will prevent rising damp and stave off the cold. The chicken coop RS-716L is manufactured from Tongue and Groove timber with approximately 1.2cm cladding. There is a pull out plastic tray for easy cleaning. The nesting box has a lift style lid to ensure easy removal of eggs and for ease of cleaning. The chicken coop RS-716L is fully weather treated and there is a non slip ramp leading to a lift up door on the front of the chicken coop. Delivered flat packed and comes with easy to follow instructions.Specifications4-6 Small to Medium Birds approximately12mm wall claddingPull out plastic tray for easy cleaningEasy clean nesting boxPre-TreatedEasy to assembleChicken Coop Size:Height:114cmWidth:124.5cmDepth:100cmRun Size (Not Included)Height:112.5cmWidth:108cmDepth:90cmAll dimensions are approximate and are external measurements which also include any overhangs

Chicken House – RS 707
 £200.00
Keeping chickens is very easy and a lot of fun, they make excellent pets and supply you with your very own free range eggs. It is a really rewarding hobby which will keep you fascinated. Our chicken coops and chicken housing offer a combination of traditional styles with modern features and superb quality.The chicken house RS-707 will approximately accommodate between 8-10 small to medium sized birds dependent on breed. It is ideal for those requiring household egg supplies and will enhance any garden with its modern design. The chicken coop is mounted on small legs to prevent rising damp and stave off the cold and comes with tongue and groove timber finish approximately 12mm cladding. A non slip ramp leads to a lift up door on the chicken house. The nesting box has a lift style lid to ensure easy removal of eggs and for ease of cleaning and is fully weather treated. The chicken house is delivered flat packed with easy to follow instructions.Features8-10 small to medium sized birds dependent on breedFully weather treated12mm wall claddingPre-TreatedEasy to assembleWeighs Approximately: 63kgSpecificationHeight:136.5cmWidth:180.5cmDepth:110.4cmAll dimensions are approximate and are external measurements which also include any overhangsFor more Chicken Coops, Poultry Housing, Rabbit Hutches and Dog Kennels, don’t for get to check out our fantastic range of pet products

Multi-Purpose Animal House with Exercise Run – RS 701
 £220.00
Keeping chickens is very easy and lots of fun, they make excellent pets and supply you with your very own free range eggs. It is a really rewarding hobby which will keep you fascinated. Our chicken coops and chicken housing offer a combination of traditional styles with modern features and superb quality. An all in one design, the Multi Purpose Animal House with Exercise Run RS-701 will house up to approximately 5 small to medium sized birds dependent on breed. It is ideal for those requiring household egg supplies and will enhance any garden with its good traditional design.The house itself is raised up from ground level and will keep out rising damp and stave off the cold with its extensive weather-proof run area. The detachable nesting box is supplied with a perch and has a blanking plate which means the chicken house can be used with or without the nesting box. The Multi Purpose Animal House with Exercise Run RS-701 is delivered flat packed with easy to follow instructions.FeaturesCombination of a chicken coop with covered exercise runSuitable for up to 5 small to medium sized birds approximatelyNesting box is removable and lockableDoors on the run and the coop for easy access and cleaningSloping asphalt covered roofSupplied with 2 perchesWeighs Approximately: 44kgSpecificationChicken Coop & RunHeight:110cmWidth:198cmDepth:76.5cmNesting BoxHeight:40.1cmWidth:38.4cmDepth:69.5cmAll dimensions are approximate and are external measurements which also include any overhangsFor more Chicken Coops, Poultry Housing, Rabbit Hutches and Dog Kennels, don’t for get to check out our fantastic range of pet products

Deal with the slugs

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Alternatives to slug pellets include building a pond and encouraging frogs that will eat them!


Hedgehog house
 £49.99
Hedgehogs will eat almost anything they come across in the garden, though they prefer beetles, worms and slugs. So why have a hedgehog house? Well apart from the fact that they will help keep the slug population down, only 75% of hedgehogs survive from one year to the next. This is usually due to insufficient safe habitat, though other reasons include the use of poison, slug pellets, general pesticides, strimmers and bonfires. The hedgehog house is made from durable timbers with a double skinned roof for insulation and weather protection. The timber floor is raised to keep the damp out and the house can withstand crushing and strimming. Also the specially constructed entrance porch will help deter predators. The best place to site your hedgehog house is in a quiet position out of prevailing winds and in an area with some cover. Pile leaves and short grass around the house plus a few handfulls of short dry grass and leaves inside to initiate a nest. Hopefully local hedgehogs will move in soon. Measures 40cm wide x 35cm deep x 20cm high.

Glazed ceramic toad house
 £11.99
Toads are handy to have around the garden and they should be encouraged as their favourite foods are slugs and snails. They can also catch insects like spiders, flies and mosquitoes with their sticky tongues. Larger toads also prey on slow worms, small grass snakes and harvest mice, which are swallowed alive! They come in a variety of different colours including dark brown, grey, olive, terracotta or sandy coloured, with a grey-white underside and they can live up to 40 years. The male is smaller than the female. Toads can sometimes be seen in the daytime following rainfall, but they are generally nocturnal and are especially active on rainy nights. They don’t need to live near a pond or stream, apart from during their breeding season, but they do prefer a protected, moist and shady spot. During the day they will shelter under tree roots, stones and vegetation  unless they have superior accommodation – like this specially designed toad abode!  Dimensions: 20cm width x 9.5cm depth x 10cm height

Nemasys nemaslug slug killer
 £11.99
If ordered on its own Nemasys is posted 1st class therefore we only charge £1 for postage and packaging These nematodes (microscopic creatures) aggressively search out and attack slugs. They enter the slugs body through a hole behind their heads. Once inside they release a bacteria which stops the slug eating. The nematodes then start to reproduce inside and within 7-10 days the slug is dead. The nematodes continue to reproduce as the body breaks down. This new population enters the soil and searches out new slugs to attack. This is a natural, non-toxic product that is safe for both users and wildlife. The nematodes stay active for 6 weeks so a single dose protects plants when they are emerging in the spring and are most vulnerable. Nematodes can only be used in late spring and summer when the soil has warmed up (to above 5°C). However they can be used all year round in glasshouses and conservatories On heavy, waterlogged clay soil, the nematodes can find it difficult to move, so Nemaslug can be less effective in these conditions. Please note this is a ‘living’ product It is best to refrigerate this product when it arrives and use it as soon as possible. There will be a best use before date for optimal performance 12 million Pack Treats 40 Sq Metres 30 million Pack Treats 100 Sq Metres Please note this product may take a day or two more than ther lead time given this is as we do not despatch this over weekends

Slug trap
 £8.99
The Slug X slug trap is great for helping to get rid of all those slugs and snails in the garden. It has a base with three drowning wells and four funnelled access openings giving the slugs plenty of opportunity to enter the trap. By using beer in the wells and with the tight fitting lid in place, the smell of beer builds up inside luring the pests in to the trap. Once inside they become so dizzy with the smell they can’t find their way out and end up falling in one of the wells. It is not meant to be buried in the garden so can be moved from place to place to clear the garden of slugs and snails. This great trap is chemical free so will not harm wildlife, and is made from 99% recycled material. The Slug X trap has already won a number of ‘Best Buy’ recommendations and was used by independent testers for The Daily Telegraph, who caught 147 slugs in just one night! They said it also collected snails too!

Slug gone wool pellets
 £7.99
Slug gone pure wool slug pellets are a natural and environmentally friendly way of protecting your flowers, plants, fruit and vegetables from every gardeners nemesis – the common Slug. Using no harmful chemicals or pesticides Slug Gone is suitable for those with children and or animals. Not only does slug gone protect your flowers, fruit and vegetables from Slugs and Snails, it also offers the following advantages Acts as a self felting mulch Absorbs and retains moisture; ideal to mix with soils and composts Helps suppress weeds Biodegrades over 6 to 14 months, releasing organic nutrients Ideal as a water retainer and soil improver A natural mulch and soil conditioner Protects and enriches soil Ideal for flower beds, container pots and hanging baskets

liquid slug killer for climbing plants
 £5.99
This liquid slug and snail killer is the perfect way to tackle these annoying pests if they have become established in the crown of your climbing plants, as these would not normally come into contact with pellets on the ground. It is also a safer option for using around pests and wildlife, so we highly recomend it. It contains metaldehyde and will cover up to 67 square meters.

Organic slug killer
 £4.99
Revolutionary new Slug Killer that outdates all other slug control. This is a bait which can be used around children, pets and wildlife as it only targets Slugs and Snails. Growing Success Advanced Slug Killer is a truly ‘advanced’ Slug Killer completely out dating all Slug killers of the past. It will only kill and snails, and will not harm children, pets, birds, animals or wildlife etc. if used as directed. This product has already enjoyed overwhelming success in Europe and America. IN GENUINE TRIALS THIS ADVANCED SLUG KILLER WAS EFFECTIVE SEVERAL WEEKS IN BOTH DRY AND RAINY WEATHER CONDITIONS. It will only kill slugs and snails. There is no secondary poisoning of birds or hedgehogs etc. and they are completely safe even if they eat the pellets so long as the product has been used as directed. It is based on ferrous phosphate (iron phosphate – which is an organic compound) plus a bait, thus making it attractive to slugs and snails. The slugs and snails are attracted to the bait, ingest the pellets and then crawl away to die, leaving no dead slugs or snails around and no unsightly slime. Any bait not eaten breaks down rapidly to iron and phosphate nutrients as part of garden soil. It can be used safely around ornamentals, fruits and vegetables

Copper snail and slug tape
 £15.49
This is a great way to keep both slugs and snails off your potted plants without having to resort to using chemicals. It is a self adhesive copper tape that should be stuck to the sides of the pot to form a complete circle. As these annoying pests try to crawl past it, the tape creates a small electrical charge that is further intensified by the serrated edge. It is safe to use around pets and wildlife, and is environmentally friendly – but not so friendly towards the slugs and snails in your garden.

The original copper slug rings – 4"
 £19.99
Plants are at their most vulnerable when thay are young and succulent, so the earlier they are protected the better. For insurance, we put slug rings around our bean when we sow the seeds, and around the delphiniums in spring before new growth starts. If you need a bigger ring you can open two large rings, bend them to a larger diameter, and join them nose to tail. After a a few weeks exposure to weather, especiallly rain, slug rings take on a brown patina to blend comfortably into your garden. Slug rings are equally effective whether they are shiny and new, with a brown patina, or even ancient green. Slug Rings are the original patented copper rings – designed and manufactured by gardeners for gardeners. Slug Rings are simple to use, and because they have rounded edges and no sharp corners they are comfortable to handle even for elderly gardeners, and safe around children. Instructions: Press the slug ring into the soil around the plant. Make sure that there are no slugs or snails trapped inside. Have a good root around to be certain, because they won’t be able to get out. In the 1st few days check that you didnt miss any. The rings are scrunched into the soil a little way to no gaps underneath for a slug to sneak through. Wet the soil first if it is too hard. There are no leaves overhanging the ring and touching the soil to make a bridge for slugs and snails to cross. Foliage doesnt overhang the ring from outside, allowing snails to abseil in. To take the slug ring off a climber, or a plant which has grown very bushy, rotate the ring to a convenient position, pull the join apart and open the ring enough to clear the plant. Then gently and firmly push the join back together (It can be easier to put one corner of the tongue in first).

The original copper slug rings – 7"
 £26.99
Plants are at their most vulnerable when thay are young and succulent, so the earlier they are protected the better. For insurance, we put slug rings around our bean when we sow the seeds, and around the delphiniums in spring before new growth starts. If you need a bigger ring you can open two large rings, bend them to a larger diameter, and join them nose to tail. After a a few weeks exposure to weather, especiallly rain, slug rings take on a brown patina to blend comfortably into your garden. Slug rings are equally effective whether they are shiny and new, with a brown patina, or even ancient green. Slug Rings are the original patented copper rings – designed and manufactured by gardeners for gardeners. Slug Rings are simple to use, and because they have rounded edges and no sharp corners they are comfortable to handle even for elderly gardeners, and safe around children. Instructions: Press the slug ring into the soil around the plant. Make sure that there are no slugs or snails trapped inside. Have a good root around to be certain, because they won’t be able to get out. In the 1st few days check that you didnt miss any. The rings are scrunched into the soil a little way to no gaps underneath for a slug to sneak through. Wet the soil first if it is too hard. There are no leaves overhanging the ring and touching the soil to make a bridge for slugs and snails to cross. Foliage doesnt overhang the ring from outside, allowing snails to abseil in. To take the slug ring off a climber, or a plant which has grown very bushy, rotate the ring to a convenient position, pull the join apart and open the ring enough to clear the plant. Then gently and firmly push the join back together (It can be easier to put one corner of the tongue in first).

Drought almost over

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

It looks like the drought has been averted for much of the country thanks to the copious amounts of rain we’ve had in the last few weeks.

Just in case it comes back though, think carefully about the plants you buy.
This lovely tree is more drought tolerant than many so a good choice in the South East of England perhaps.
Lovely tree at Thompson & Morgan

Honey Locust Tree - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection - 1 bareroot

Honey Locust Tree – Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection – 1 bareroot £19.99
Small trees are useful in the garden, so add structure to your border with this handsome, yet manageable beauty. As the foliage emerges during spring, it’s the most intense golden colour. It changes to lime green as the season progresses, but keeps on glowing right through the summer. Thanks to its Australian origins, it’s drought resistant, thrives in sun and is very hardy too.

The fruit of the Honey locust is a flat legume (pod) that matures in early autumn. The pods are generally between 15–20 cm. The pulp on the insides of the pods is edible

Don’t just throw it away!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

There are lots of things that gardeners need that some people throw away!
Jam jars are really useful in the jamming season and when it’s time to pickle your veggies or make chutney. You can never have too many jars!
Even if you don’t grow fruit yourself why not ask the gardeners you know who do if they’d like you to save the jars.

If you store them up and find none of the gardeners you know want them, then why not try offering them on freecycle! There’s loads of jam makers who faced with a glut of fruit would love the jars.

Just wash them and leave them to dry properly before putting the lids on.

You should also compost all your vegetable peelings and lawn clippings. If you don’t want to have a compost heap why not ask a neighbour if they have one, and if they want your vegetable waste! It’s a shame to throw it away – even if it is recycled at the tip!

Couch Grass

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Couch Grass is also known as bermuda grass according to this wiki page
It sounds better already!