Rabbits, Primroses, Lavender and Slugs!

We have received several questions for our gardening expert Mr Digwell lately. Here are his answers:

What kind of plant can plant that bunny rabbits don’t eat?

There are lots of rabbit proof plants. My favourites are Astilbe – with their wonderfully coloured flowers, Galanthus (snowdrops) because they are so wonderfully cute and Hydrangeas. Actually the RHS do a list here.

Why are stems on my primrose weak so it flops?

They are too wet, and probably rotting within. You can dig them up and add a little grit to new compost. Dig a large hole (twice the size of the plant, and then plant in 50% compost 50% grit.

How to care for mini lavender plugs?

Keep them frost free, preferably in a cool greenhouse over winter and then plant them next spring. I say this because the soil is far to wet at the moment and they might rot. Don’t over water over the winter.

How to apply slug bait to hanging plants?

Not easy this one! If they are in a hanging basket put a layer of grease to the fixings and they won’t come – but keep renewing it weekly. If on a tree, try grease bands, they seem to work to keep them climbing up.

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Paul Peacock studied botany at Leeds University, has been the editor of Home Farmer magazine, and now hosts the City Cottage online magazine. An experienced gardener himself, his expertise lies in the world of the edible garden. If it clucks, quacks or buzzes, Paul is keenly interested.

He is perhaps best known as Mr Digwell, the cartoon gardener featured in The Daily Mirror since the 1950s. As Mr Digwell he has just published his book, A Year in The Garden. You can also see more about him on our Mr Digwell information page.

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