Gardening, How To, Pest Control, Slugs & Snails

Dealing With Slugs And Snails

Usually one of the few benefits of a cold, snowy winter is that it helps to kill off pesky slugs and snails. Unfortunately, this year we have had such a mild winter that the little pests have thrived, hit by nothing more than the odd day of rain and very occasional light frost.

As most gardeners know, slugs and snails can be utterly detrimental to your plants and flowers and must be dealt with. An easy method is simply to keep your plants out of the slugs’ reach. You can do this by using hanging baskets or keeping indoor plants. However, this is not always practical or desirable.

There are several methods of dealing with slugs. Covering your plants with netting will help to prevent slugs and snails as well as birds from attacking them. It is important to keep checking them however, in case any slugs have managed to slip through and to make sure that the plants do not get caught up in the netting.

Salt is extremely effective at killing them; however, sprinkling a barrier of salt around your plants may prevent slugs from attacking them, but if it seeps into the soil and is taken up by the plants and flowers themselves, salt can damage those too.

 A tested and safe repellent or slug killer may be a better solution and these are readily available. They are often in pellet form and should be scattered around the plants. The slugs will consume them and perish while your plants remain healthy and safe. Such products are very carefully controlled to be safe for use when children are present or nearby, but it is always best to check if they are suitable for use around edible plants, should you wish to use them near any crops.

An alternative method to pellet-based slug bait and killers is the slug trap. These are fitted into the ground near the plants or anywhere where you frequently see slugs and snails, and the base is filled with beer or yeast. The slugs are attracted by this and fall into the trap, keeping your plants protected.

Heated Clothing

Heated Clothing – Keep Warm this Winter!

While we’ve gotten off pretty lightly with the mild weather this winter, there is certainly a nasty chill in the air at the moment, making it just that bit harder to get out of bed in the mornings! Thankfully, Primrose offer a range oSnowy path in wintertimef clothing and accessories to help fight the cold, whether you’re out in the garden, off skiing, or simply going to work. We stock both Warmawear and Blazewear, which are two well-tested and respected brands of heated clothing.
Heated gloves are a fantastic idea during the winter months, when even a short walk outside can leave your fingers feeling as though they’re about to fall off! There are a Tecsense heated ski gloves from Warmawearnumber of different gloves available to suit your particular requirements, including ski gloves and heated glove liners. The liners are perfect for converting your favourite pair of gloves, whether they are for sport, motorcycling, or even gardening! Our heated glove range is perfect for anyone suffering from Raynaud’s Disease, and can relieve the pain from mild arthritis by improving blood flow.

Warmawear Heated Socks from Primrose
And it’s not just your hands that can be kept warm, as heated socks are now also available. Perfect for when you’re out walking, hiking, skiing or in your wellies. They focus the heat on your toes, which are of course the most vulnerable areas during the cold. Not only can you get heated socks, but there are also heated insoles to put inside your favourite shoes. And for when you’re at home, you can even get microwaveable slippers or boots, which are perfect for tired and aching feet after a hard day.

Phoenix Men's Heated Jacket
Aside from gloves and socks, you can also select from a range of stylish heated jackets and gilets, which circulate gentle warmth to your back and sides, and are perfect for keeping the chill away. Most even come with variable heat settings, meaning you can adjust to a temperature to suit your needs – perfect if you’re going in and outside frequently.

Black Blazewear heated scarf
Aside from all the clothing, you can find a whole range of accessories to keep you warm this winter. Why not get a heated scarf for when you’re stood at the bus stop on these freezing mornings? And a heated back warmer is ideal not only for those wanting to keep warm, but for anyone with back pain or sports injuries, and its discreet design means you can wear it out and about and no-one need know!

Warmies Microwaveable slippers pink
With all this choice, there is no reason why you should be going cold this winter – with enough choice to suit the entire family, our heated clothing can help beat the freeze!

How To, Water Features

Caring For Your Water Feature

Whether you have grabbed a bargain tabletop water feature or splashed out on a large stainless steel fountain, you will need to care for your feature to ensure it stays at its best.

Water features require different care depending on the season. During spring and summer when the days are hot, water can evaporate quickly so you must keep an eye on the water level in the feature to prevent it running dry. Remember that the pump must always be submerged in water – if the fountain is left running but is without water, this can cause considerable damage to the pump and prevent it working properly in the future.

Likewise, in winter it is important to make sure that the water in the fountain is kept above freezing point. Water expands when it freezes, so if it is allowed to freeze within the feature, the pressure can cause a lot of damage, potentially preventing the fountain from working properly. If you have an outdoor water feature that you can bring indoors, the temperature inside your home should be high enough to prevent the water freezing. However, if you want to leave the feature outdoors, you should remove any water at the start of the winter, or alternatively try Primrose’s Fountain Frost-Free, an eco-friendly and safe product which you simply add to the water to prevent it freezing, enabling you to continue enjoying the feature throughout wintertime.

Fountains can also be prone to algae growth, particularly outdoor fountains; the supply of water together with plenty of sun provides optimum growing conditions. This can cause the water in your feature to turn green. To avoid this, make sure you change the water regularly to prevent any build-up of algae. You can also buy a water feature cleaner which will keep the water clear and free of algae. Primrose recommends Ambienté Fountain Safe as an economical, effective and safe fountain cleaner. This can also be combined with Ambienté’s Stainless Steel Water Feature Cleaner, a fantastic, innovative product designed to prevent limescale buildup on stainless steel features and to keep them shiny and clean.

Clocks, Decoration, Heated Clothing, LED Candles

Christmas Inspiration

Well, it’s already 12th December! Half way through the month ‘til Christmas, eek! We all know someone who is particularly difficult to buy presents for – either they don’t want anything, or they’re fussy about what they get or they’re one of those lucky people who seem to already have everything… If you’re stuck for inspiration this Christmas, here are a few gift ideas:

Heated Clothing – Gloves, Socks, Jackets and More

Desperately needed at this time of year, our range of heated clothing will keep you even warmer than standard scarves and gloves thanks to the additional battery-powered heating elements. Stay toasty this winter whatever the weather with heated gloves, scarves, insoles, socks, gilets, jackets, leg warmers and much more!

LED Candles

LED battery candles are a smart alternative to traditional candles with real flames. They flicker like real candles but are flameless and completely safe. Attractive and long-lasting, they’re great value for money and can be placed anywhere. These practical candles come in a multitude of styles and functions, look great and create a wonderful atmosphere. I personally have a set of Two LED Colour Changing Real Wax Candles With Remote Control which sit on a bookshelf, posing no threat to my books, and I have great fun picking colours with the remote control!

Garden Clocks

Practical and attractive, a garden clock is an ideal present. With a range of designs, including wall clocks and bracket mounted, double faced clocks, our beautiful clocks are easy to read and make a delightful gift.

Meerkat Ornaments

Meerkats are overwhelmingly popular, thanks to the TV advert – and now you can fill your home and garden with the cheeky chappies! If you know someone who’s tickled pink by the cute critters, make them laugh this Christmas with an adorable meerkat ornament – from meekats with solar lights (which really work!) and golfing meerkats, to James Bond Meerkat and Meerkat planters, we have the one for you!

Water Features

I know what you’re thinking – water features are for summer, not winter! But now is a great time to grab yourself a bargain and many features can be used both indoors and out, so there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy one in your home during the colder months and move it outside if you wish once spring rolls around. Relaxing to the gentle sound of trickling water is a great way to de-stress after the hustle and bustle of Christmas!