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Posted: 23/06/2014 at 16:05

This might be of use to you (safety data sheet).

Unfortunately I'm struggling to find any documents that tell you how long it remains active once it hits the soil.


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 16:02

Bitrex is a product designed (from what I can gather) to make goods very bitter to prevent children from swallowing them.

An 3% mix of metaldehyde makes it a stronger brand of slug pellet (designed to be scattered over a vaster area more thinly than the normal product) which unfortunately can cause you problems (I can't tell you how many your children would have to eat to cause problems but they would be classed as harmful if swallowed / inhaled / exposed to skin*).


*convulsions, nausea, sweating, dizziness.


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 15:34

Thank you!! I'll let you know as soon as they arrive.

Hopefully I'll have something I can one day send over to you in return

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 15:09

Depends whose opinion of "nice" you're using Gingagibbs. I'm sure if my mother brought me a new wardrobe I'd end up looking like a 80 year old grandmother who prefers to ensure any hint of  "figure" under the clothes is concealed by.. more clothes, rather than a 29 year old!

Currant bushes

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 14:29

How old is the plant?

How long as it been in its current location? (Can you remember when you planted it there?)


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 14:28

Sounds good Bekkie!

Is it the weekend yet? (Thursday would do for a push).

Poppies - where do they do best?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 14:15

From what you can see in my garden poppies seem to like to grow everywhere you don't want them - we've them in cracks in the paving, in what I thought was a pile of wood shavings my partner never cleared up, in a bag of cement that's been left in the rain, through cracks in the compost bin, on top of the anti weed matting but under the slate pieces... amazing plants!


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".

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