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I've got into gardening or at least I thought I had because I have to find something to occupy my other half when she isn't working - so we started doing the garden together. It has taken us 7 years to really get started but it is looking a lot better now our second full wheelie bin full of weeds has gone. everything is looking much tidier, the blackthorn hedge I put in a couple of years ago was stunningly beautiful if a bit thin, the bird boxes that I put up six years ago has had their first visitors and now has residents but our newly plated rose is covered in greenfly, the slugs and snails think the cabbages have been installed as their local Mcdonalds alternative and the pigeons love the lettuces. If that isn't disheartening enough I subscribed to the magazine and waited and waited in sheer enthusiastic high expectation only to find that it arrived with no seeds and no 2 for 1 entry to the gardens booklet or card. I'm beginning to go off gardening altogether - the excitement has turned into rather a dissapointment.


  • nick615nick615 Posts: 1,458

    Welcome to gardening!!

    Greenfly -  Boil rhubarb leaves.  Allow to cool,  Strain off liquid and spray on the fly.

    Slugs/Snails -  A light dusting of Doff's mini pellets around them should suffice.

    Lettuce -  Get 5-litre water containers,  Cut off the bottoms.  Sprinkle a few of the above pellets.  Place said containers over each plant and insert stick or stout wire as support.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,433
    Rub off the greenfly, cut the slugs in half with scissors and stomp on the snails. You'll feel much better.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,633
    It's all about some for you and some for them and striving to get the balance between pests and predators.  Squish greenfly with your fingers to reduce numbers until the blue tit and sparrow eggs hatch and the adults hoover up the greenfly and caterpillars to feed their young.  ladybirds and lacewings will come along soon and hoover up any leftovers but spraying will kill the good guys.

    You can use chicken wire to make individual protection for salads and cabbages which pigeons also like

    or you could use proper hoops and insect netting which will keep off the butterflies and their eggs and caterpillars

    Slugs and snails?  Light applications of wildlife friendly pellets or else go out at nightfall with a torch and pick the perishers off.

    As for the magazine - 1st world problem!  Glitch at the suppliers cos of Covid problems? 

    Join the RHS!  Free access for you and one other to all their gardens and many partner gardens.  Monthly magazine.  Free access to their experts and scientists.   Seed scheme.   
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,626
    I was a bit disappointed not to find any seeds with my GW mag which finally arrived this morning. Were subscribers supposed to get seeds or only people buying in SM's at the higher price?
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,915
    @Lizzie27, the seeds were only available in the "bumper" packs, and not to subscribers. 
  • I wasn't expecting seeds in this month's edition. I did get my 2 for 1 card though.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,915
    @richard539, that's what gardening is like, for every success there is at least one disaster  :)
    Don't be disheartened,  think about how far you've come from the beginning and what you have achieved. 
    With regard to the 2 for 1 booklet,  contact the magazine and tell them. If you don't know your subscription number, they can still check their records.
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    Only time I ever have 'green fingers' is after squirting aphids with soapy water and encouraging them to fall off. Tonight I have green hands, they totally infested one of our apple cordons in the past couple of days.

    Slugs, carefully trained slow worms.

    Pigeons, cats, black birds attacking veg plot, Contech Scarecrows, motion activated water squirters. Life wouldn't be the same without them.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,290
    Gardeners are walking examples of the triumph of optimism over experience.

    Many many years ago, when I was young and innocent, I read this book. I recommend it to anyone, fresh faced beginner or bitter and twisted old hand.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Thanks folks - I'll try to keep positive and try a few of your suggestions. I looked at the forum before subscribing and saw that seeds etc were included with the posted magazine but perhaps not - I did use the contact form to tell the suppliers about the lack of 2 for 1 booklet but they haven't had the grace to bother responding. I guess they are only interested in signing you up for the subscription rather than solving issues once they have your money. I'm a member of the National trust so I get into many gardens anyway but I've bought the GW every year for the 2 for 1 card and of course got the seeds etc but thought during lockdown that it would be better delivered. Once bitten as they say

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