IT'S THE WEEKEND: Our Garden guru answers your questions

IT'S THE WEEKEND: Our Garden guru answers your questions

IT'S THE WEEKEND: Our Garden guru answers your questions

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Slugs are a real problem in my garden. Can you recommend a safe way of controlling them?

BM, Abergavenny

Boil two crushed cloves of garlic in two pints of water for two hours.

Use two table spoons of this in a watering can and water over your susceptible plants. Slugs and snails will go elsewhere.

I have recently purchased two blueberry bushes. Are they best planted close to the fence, or more in the open ? Also the soil is fairly heavy. What would you recommend ?

HW, Caerleon

Blueberries grow about two feet high and wide and like full sun so i would plant them in the open. They like to be kept moist so a heavy soil will suit them. Plant with plenty of ericaceous compost as they like acid soil. Before they ripen it is worth netting the bush as birds love blueberries.

I have an orchid which has flowered continuously from August until now, but I have noticed that the odd flower has suddenly started to drop off. What am I doing wrong ?

JC, Ebbw Vale

All good things must come to an end and as your orchid has flowered since August you have done very well. Orchids need a rest period after flowering and it can be tricky to get them to flower well again. There are lots of varieties and care varies depending on type.

I have noticed moss is now growing on every path, driveway and the patio. Can you please recommend a chemical that actually works in killing this growth of moss?

HB, Newport

Jeyes fluid is an old favourite for cleaning hard surfaces outside. A product called patio magic has been popular with customers recently for killing moss.

Do you have a question for our garden guru?

E-mail maria.williams@southwalesargus.co.uk, tweet @ArgusMWilliams or leave a message on the Argus Facebook site.

You can also write to Garden Guru, Newsdesk, South Wales Argus, Cardiff Road, Newport NP20 3QN

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5:17pm Sat 12 Apr 14

anigel says...

Used ground coffee is also great for making slugs leave your plants alone. Starbucks will often give it away free
Used ground coffee is also great for making slugs leave your plants alone. Starbucks will often give it away free anigel
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