Copper tape and fleece

The three day lilies that I germinated from seed have been doing very well in their pots in the shed. I wanted to get them in the ground over the summer, though, so that they could establish themselves before winter.

Knowing that they might be a magnet for slugs and snails, I had been a bit nervous for their welfare. Then I remembered the copper tape I had from almost ten years ago. Did it work then? There’s no way to answer that question but the tape didn’t need to stay in the cupboard for ever.

So, the back of the garden now looks like I have sunk plant pots into the ground. These pots are in fact parts of milk and yoghurt cartons, with cuts in the copper, which runs along their top rims. Then the inside is filled with remnants of sheep’s fleece, which I hope will act as a mulch to keep the moisture in the soil longer and which will also feed the flowers as it decomposes.

Anyway, I certainly don’t want for fleece. The one featured in the photo below

is an acquisition from Old Sleningford Farm, where I went for their volunteer workday yesterday. And there is another one waiting to be washed in the car.

I do actually intend to use the bulk of the fleece for craft purposes but the last slug repellent I bought was in the form of wool pellets. The globe artichoke is determined to keep going

after the mollusc assault it endured last month but it may get some wool wrapped round it, too, before long.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Copper tape and fleece

  1. Sharon says:

    Gives new meaning to being wrapped in cotton wool 😉

  2. Interesting what we have to do to keep our plants safe sometimes.

  3. Very interested to hear how the copper and fleece works – please keep us posted!

    • Helen says:

      So far so good.. you’re supposed to make sure that no part of the plant dips over the copper to form a bridge for the slug or snail. Unfortunately, one of the day lilies is a bit droopy, so I’ll have to be vigilant.

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