Monday, 30 April 2007

GONE TO GROUND

When Andi and Talj arrived on Saturday Andi gave me this..... I'd heard about the latest idea that coffee grounds could help repel slugs but I hadn't realised that they also attract earthworms....and are a GREAT soil conditioner. The Little Gem lettuces are doing really well (we'll be harvesting some this week)....................
but I have noticed the odd slug and snail holes...I don't mind them having a little but I don't want them to demolish the lot so I've sprinkled some of the grounds alongside each plant! Good for Starbucks who are supplying these bags of grounds free of charge.
I've also put some around the delphiniums and the hostas......................
it would be lovely to have a slug free Hosta year.

Having Talj here taking photographs has really made me see our plants is a new light. The close-up shots she takes are fantastic and show up minute details that I don't see with the naked eye. All the years Mick and I have grown Tumbling Ted (Saponaria Ocymoides) we had never realised that it had BLUE stamens, stigma and pollen. This photo was taken by Talj..................................................brilliant isn't it......................... I think I'll stick to frogs!!!

8 comments:

Mark said...

Hi Ruth,
It would be interesting to know how you get on with the coffee grounds, i think even if it dosn't work repelling the slugs a free soil conditioner must be a plus.It also makes sense environmentaly to reuse something that just would get sent to landfill.
Cheers Mark

CG said...

That's interesting about the coffee grounds; we make coffee every day and i just put the grounds on the compost heap!
we have barely seen a slug since we got the pond - wonder if the frogs eat them?

Gledwood said...

Wow that is an enormously close-up frog ...

Gledwood said...

I've heard the coffee grounds thing several times ... incidentally :: the Starbuxx used ones :: can you add hot water and drink them??

Women on the Verge said...

I'd love to know if the grounds work... we have a lot of slugs :-(

Did you happen to see my mutant frog post?? I think you might like it...

E

Libbys Blog said...

Seeing things through other peoples eyes, often makes us open our own and see better too!!!
Just like everyone commenting on my blog yesterday, nade me realise why have the hassle, just enjoy the pottering!!!!!! ;o)

Jeanette said...

Hi Ruth .Very interesting.. I Wait with baited breath to hear if the coffee grounds are working,which I hope they do, nice close up of the flower and the frog.

Elsie said...

Good photos, Ruth. Have you ever tried crushed eggshells for the slugs, even a good sprinkle of salt is supposed to stop them in their tracks.

Stay well

Lcxxx

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