LAST week, I wrote about slugs and the dangers of using slug bait, because it killed all your slugs whether good, bad or ugly. If I have a slug problem, I use a hands-on approach and arm myself with gardening gloves (those I can feel through), plus a torch and a jam jar. I make sure that I’m wearing something heavy on my feet, if you get my gist, and off I go, just as it’s getting dark. If that seems a strange time to be gardening… well, the bad slugs are just like dirty old men. They come out at night and prey on the young. That’s young plants, by the way!
Emerging runner beans are very vulnerable to slug damage, and I solve this problem by planting tempting slug friendly lettuces and equally tempting tall, single French marigolds such as ‘Burning Embers’. Hopefully, these decoy plants distract any slugs from munching my bean tips. I get to pick leaves from ‘Salad Bowl’ and small hearting lettuces such as ‘Little Gem’, while the beans (hopefully) scale the poles on my tripods. It’s too windy for rows here.
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Smart currant cutting
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Rest the ground and feed it for next year, says Ruth
Taking hardwood cuttings
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Keeping up with change
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The glory of grasses
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Wildlife's biggest foes
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Better Broad Bean Planting
Q We love fresh broad beans and attempted to grow some earlier this season by buying plants. They went into good soil, but didn’t seem to take off and were attacked by blackfly. I’ve heard about autumn plantings. Do they work, and when do we sow? Monica Huggins, Camberwell, London
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MANTELS in a Holiday Mood
Pretty things from nature are always in style.
An eternal motif for objects around the house.
A Surprisingly Authentic Bath
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A HOME FULL OF CHARACTER
Smaller homes like this 1920s Dutch Colonial so often get overlooked as worthy of restoration. Owners don’t think they’re special . . . or they add on or remodel until the original is unrecognizable. This owner saw the potential.
A Furnished Bath
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Q&A with Miami Dolphins Legend Richmond Webb
I was lucky enough to interview the legend, Richmond Webb. For those Dolphins fans who live under a rock, Webb is one of the greatest Miami Dolphins players ever and their greatest left tackle of all time.