A Pentland Garden Diary

My home-made natural slug killer is ready!

I was quite surprised when I removed the lid to still see some of the slugs alive – hardy little wotsits – oh, and the smell….! (it didn’t seem to put Cosmo off though – he was definitely up for having a taste, thankfully this brew is only harmful to other slugs).

Sun, Champagne, Sabrage & Stuff!

In fact it was rather an outdoorsy week – after gathering some elderflowers from a neighbour’s garden on Wednesday, Bees & I made some elderflower ‘champagne’ followed by a day at The Royal Highland Show. On Friday I was given the chance to do a Champagne sabrage in Drumsheugh Gardens as part of a lunch hosted by Piper Heidsieck at The Bonham Hotel.

We Have a Rockery – Sat 14th June

It was also time to dig over our rockery area and plant an assortment of Heathers, Saxifrages and a Lavender, they don’t look much just now but once they’ve grown a bit, I think it’ll be a lovely part of the garden and a big attraction for bees and butterflies.

Broccoli, Brussels & Borage – Weds 11th June

Now my first batch of seedlings have all been planted I did some more – some fancy ornamental grass (Pennisetum Cream Falls – needed to check the spelling on that one! 😉 that we bought at the weekend for our borders as well as some more Nicotiana and some Borage – hopefully with the warmer weather they’ll spring up quickly.

The war on Slugs begins – nematodes are my friend!

So the 30 odd slugs collected last night (there were literally hundreds) are now happily infecting each other. Unfortunately, I read to the end of the method and discovered it actually takes 2 weeks for the potion to be ready but once it is, it gives up to 6 weeks slug protection so I might need to check out the ‘beer method’ in the meantime, lest the rhubarb & parsley don’t make it!

If Carlsberg Did Days in the Garden…. Sun 8th June

Our weekend guests got stuck in to help with weeding, digging & sowing grass seed and I planted the wells at the front of the house with the wonderful smelling Vanilla Lady (Nemesia) and Silver Falls (Dichondra). We also found a garden vac in the shed (left by the previous owner) and S had much fun hoovering up the old beech leaves still floating around. S also managed to tape up and replant our broken upside down tomato grower – this time with less soil to overbalance it all!