Seed & Plant Swap News

Seed & Plant Swap News

There are now 13 members in the Seed & Plant What’s App group and if you would like to join us please contact mmra@mountmerrion.ie. You would be most welcome!

The group has been relatively quiet of late with Spring planting complete. Seeds and plants are in situ and, hopefully, many are starting to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

Snail on the move!However, as one resident, Matt Benville, recently pointed out in his report on the website, the slugs and snails are also enjoying the fruits of OUR labours!

What to do?  To net or not to net?

Well, as our keen vegetable grower, Meidhbhin Doheny, discovered, netting is essential to deter the pigeons from her cabbages!  Meidhbhin has also had success in deterring the slugs and snails from her strawberries with straw strewn on the soil and it keeps the strawberries clean too!

netting is essential to deter the pigeons from cabbages!NettedThe polytunnel type netting also wards off the birdsThe polytunnel type netting also wards off the birds.  Meidhbhin’s courgettes and mangetout are well on their way and so far have escaped any attacks!  Well done, Meidhbhin!

MangetoutGrow lettuce in a pot giving you much more control over the situation.A tip from Bernie Doheny is to grow lettuce in a pot giving you much more control over the situation.

 

 

 

Another pest is the dreaded aphid which attacks roses and many other plants, but here’s a tip which might be helpful and worth trying in this ongoing battle for us gardeners.

TIP: BANANA SKINS

Soak 2-3 banana skins in water for a few days. The minerals leach into the water which you can then use for your plants. You can also finely cut up and bury skins a couple of inches in the soil to repel aphids and put some nutrients back.  Small pieces of orange peel on top of the soil are also a good natural repellant.

Here’s hoping!