The Demolition Gang

I mentioned recently that were some ideas simmering following our garden openings and visits to Wisley and Hampton Court. With other things to do I was not in a rush to get on with anything, but an odd ten minutes here and there could easily be spared to wield a lump hammer and cold chisel and begin a bit of demolition.

Demolition? you might ask, what on earth is she up to? Don’t worry, it’s only a small project, a small project that involves some of my existing hostas. With numerous hostas, all in pots, many visitors asked how we keep slugs and snails away from them. Whatever I do, success has always been a matter of pot luck and, to a degree, the weather. This year I have used organic slug pellets and also nematodes and the majority of the hostas are still largely intact, but some are badly holed and my miniatures were almost razed to the ground very early in the season. One thing I am sure about though, is that keeping them in pots helps and especially in pots away from other foliage.

At Wisley, there were pots of miniature hosta in one of the alpine houses, and I wondered about moving some of mine to the Coop – after all, one munch on an average hosta leaf may be just a minor blemish, but on a miniature hosta it could be a complete leaf . My existing miniatures are in pots and a sink on raised platforms built barely a couple of years ago:

You can see how badly they have been nobbled by slugs and snails:

Now, the platforms are no more…

…and the miniatures will be relocated round the other side of the house behind the Coop, on the way to the shady courtyard (see the map under The Garden tab above). My hosta collection has already been expanding here, along with pots of ferns, all relatively safe from marauding slugs and snails, so the miniatures should be equally safe and at home in their sink on a replacement plinth in due course (but not this week!):

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16 Responses to The Demolition Gang

  1. Heyjude says:

    Darn S&S – I used Nematodes in my garden this year and I do think it had an effect on the amount of slugs seen, the snails however are a different story and they are definitely responsible for the holes in my hosta. I used Vaseline around the rim and that seemed to help in the early days, and sprayed with garlic spray, but they seem to abseil in from the Fatsia nearby. Keeping hostas away from other plants seems to be key to survival!

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, in fact we seem to have less slugs this year too but far more snails than usual, which aren’t affected by the nematodes. I suppose they have to eat… πŸ˜‰

  2. Nice and well done. I found a snail on a Papaya in the tree almost eight feet up! Couldn’t believe it.

  3. jenanita01 says:

    I love Hostas, but cannot grow them here as the slugs around here have more muscle than I do!

  4. Cathy I love your hostas mini and they deserve the demolition of the platforms to change them to a safer place. You will already show us the second part of the “hosta mini” project. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ† Greetings from Margarita.

  5. Jess T. says:

    getting plants to grow is just a matter of “pot luck” – I love the pun! And all the photos.

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