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Posted: 23/06/2014 at 11:47

Can you get your children gardening gloves (depending on whether they're old enough to know not to eat the slug pellets) supplemented with frequent hand washing and keep them to an area that you haven't scattered the pellets or did the entire garden get a liberal coating?

You might find this link useful: (It also gives you child friendly ideas like using oats)

If you're still concerned how about getting the kids some plants to put in pots?

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:21

Being young is a distinct disadvantage in a household Ryan. At least you've learnt now the importance of keeping the weeds at bay yourself (and making a point of telling everyone the weeding has been done already) if you want a vested interest in the garden so that "good intentions" can't get to the precious flowers scattered between the millions of dandelions! I can't really blame your sister - to be truthful to me a weed is any plant that is in the way I could well have ripped up some treasures in this garden and never known about it. So for your sister all those plants not matter how beautiful you thought there were are in fact just weeds in the way of her getting some cash.

I learnt (through my mother thinking me stupid and offering me a piece of weed filled clay trapped garden and letting me dig it all out, hump rotted compost from the bins and horse manure from the neighbours paddock until my arms must have dragged on the floor, saving up my newspaper round money to buy soil conditioners and then while I was saving up to buy the plants I had carefully chosen to put in it sticking some horrid gastly plants in MY GARDEN while I was at school before offering me another area of garden weed filled clay trapped.... like I'd fall for that one) that unfortunately like it or not if your name isn't on the deeds to the house that no matter how passionate you are in the garden if you want peace and harmony in the house (you know - as much as you can when you have a sister) you have to accept that their idea of "tidy" "pretty" "neat" in the garden will be completely different to yours and so plants that you care and nurture are indeed just in the way for them and will get ripped up if they decide a bird bath is going there or that we really do need a log pile where you keep your pots of strawberries. Perhaps if there are plants that are especially important to you you can keep them in pots so signify they're not for pruning (and so they can be easily moved should the family decide they want to do something in that area).

Round Robin

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 09:55

Oh wow! We've Robins nesting in the trees somewhere behind us - they were feeding their fledgings (their second brood) on Saturday just a metre away from us completely ignoring that we were there! It was a beautiful sight although I'm half convinced they were teaching the fledgings the art of "looking cute" and "standing by the feeder until the one with long hair goes and gets the good food out".


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:47
KEF wrote (see)

Clari, I did my bit and let someone more needy have my job


Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Me too 

I've tried honestly I have but no one wants my job!!


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:46

Sounds fantastic Mrs. G! I'd love to be brave enough to ditch the desk chair and go for a job like that where you can actually make a difference to another persons life rather than make a difference to... the BBC news website reader figures?

I did apply to become a carer but the whole family forced their opinion on me that is was far beneath me so I had to dump that idea or suffer their nagging for eternity (and my gosh can they nag).

Come on Premium Bond win I know you're out there somewhere. Just a reasonable sized lump to pay off my half of the mortgage so I wouldn't have to worry so much about income and could do what I wanted to do would be nice!


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 07:09

Morning all!  Another week at work... We're a civilised country haven't they realised a four day working week would be much better for the economy (more jobs available) not to mention would help fit obesity (more time un the garden) thus reducing the awfully high levels of stress, diabetes, heart attacks... 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 22:29

Ah okay. I'll cover it in horse poo and compost to make sure - at least covered in poo will excuse why its at the bottom if the garden "maturing".


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 22:20

Does anyone have any experience of aging concrete pots? The friend whose gifts I talked about (I've no idea if she liked them) has given me an awful concrete pot for my birthday (it was a month ago but hey ho!) Which while completely against my taste in designs / pots and rather impractical since its too heavy for me to move even empty; I'm hoping can be faded down to look aged and sit in a corner somewhere with a shade loving plant.

Do you just slap yoghurt on and let the mould grow? 


Posted: 22/06/2014 at 20:28
OL you look amazing!

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 20:26
(If she dug up the roots not just took the visible weeds up).

Ryan - invest in some plant labels and label everything! No excuse that way.

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