Monday, 13 May 2013

Yoghurt Pots

These yoghurt covered terracotta pots are a bit of an eyesore at the moment, but optimistically, in about a months time they should have aged with a green patina and be more in keeping with the look of my damp and mossy garden.  I smothered the pots with natural yoghurt about 5 days ago (picture above taken immediately afterwards) and already most of the yoghurt has been absorbed into the pots.  I will post a photo later in the month to show if the endeavour was successful or not!

We are back to temperamental weather again here.  It is cold and overcast most of the time but the sun does put a show in now and again.  The garden has been bombarded with slugs and snails and despite the barrier of eggshells, my lupins have been devoured.  Trying to protect my young plants is an uphill struggle but I carry on regardless.

You may have noticed that I have been more upbeat lately.  The sunny days certainly helped to lift my mood and put me in a positive frame of mind.  Despite the inauspicious weather forecast this week, I am determind to stay sunny on the inside.  After all, our thoughts are what make us.


  1. Advanced Slug Killer is an organic remedy that won't hurt anything else in the garden, except snails. Availabe from Organic Catalogue.

    I remember Geoff Hamilton doing that yoghurt thing to post in the 70s, I believe it works. good luck!

  2. I look forward to seeing what happens to your yoghurt covered pots :) We have so many snails and slugs here that I had to give up on planting lupins because whatever we did they just got munched up as soon as they were planted! All our neighbours round about find the same thing and there seems to be no magic solution except avoiding the snails' favourites! Good luck with your planting. And lovely to hear about your uplifted mood, Simone.
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen x

  3. I keep my lupins in a pot on the patio but still have to check every day for slugs and snails. So far they are ok. What an interesting idea with the youghurt covered pots, I look forward to seeing the results:)

  4. My problem with lupins is usually greenfly and I do have lots of snails but they seem to behave themselves with the lupins.
    They do eat other things though!
    I think your pots should work as I've read about this, looking forward to seeing there aged look. :)
    Good to hear you're feeling good Simone, it's all that gardening and fresh air!
    V xxx

  5. I have read about this yoghurt idea but never tried it, I'm very interested to see how it turns out.
    Lisa x

  6. Can't wait to see if the pots work.

  7. Can't wait to see the pots - it is suppose to work.
    I have given up growing Lupins, Sunflowers, and anything else that is sweet to slugs and snails which means growing a lot of marigolds and lots of bulbs. I do know copper wire and tape works a treat, it suppose to give slugs and snails and tingle!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

  8. i put the second load of nematodes on the veg garden yesterday. Hopefully the rain will be perfect for them (if for no-one else!) as they go forth on slug seek and destroy.

  9. I have always been intrigued by the idea of hastening the green, mossy aging process of pots with yogurt (as we spell it here!) or buttermilk. Can't wait to see how yours turn out!

    Sorry about your slugs and snails. I have some, but they haven't been doing too much damage. I've noticed aphids and the sign of caterpillars on some of my roses... so far not too bad, though.

  10. I have never tried this...look forward to seeing the end results.
    We are due some snow over may!

  11. I remember Geoff Hamilton doing that with yogurt too - he made an alpine trough I think. Still miss his good advice.... but at least we have him on video.


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