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How cruel is this?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 13:47

Verdun, it's out of the oven but it needs to cool a bit - don't touch it yet!  You'll burn your mouth!!!  

We can have some with a cuppa in a little while

How cruel is this?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:44

Verdun, I've got a fruitcake in the oven - it'll be ready soon ..............


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:42

Cut it back along a strip about three feet wide and then when it regrows spray the new growth with SBK brushwood killer.  This will deter it and give you a 'no man's land' you can aim to keep clear.  Then make sure that you keep cutting it back so that none of the long whippy stems of new growth can touch the ground.  If they touch the ground they will root and grow into new bushes - that's how they're moving forward and invading your space.  If you keep cutting it back it will stay where it is and not move forward.

Brambles are a wonderful habitat for lots of wildlife - birds and small mammals are safe in there from sparrowhawks and cats, hedgehogs hibernate under a bramble bush,  and their flowers and fruits are a rich food source for many insects and birds so keeping them under control is far preferable to wiping them out.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:25

As for not having plants growing too close to buildings - yes, rats can access roof spaces etc by climbing up walls covered with creepers etc

However a member of my farming family stores tonnes of potatoes in modern concrete walled buildings without any grass, bushes, shrubs or similar withing 25 metres minimum - but he has to use bait stations to deal with rats as they still attempt to access the stores because they simply love potatoes - they will gnaw through cement to get at potatoes. 

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:19

Not upset Minxy - just ever so slightly fed up with people criticising others when they don't know what they're talking about

minxy wrote (see)

however - mint does work! I do have mint planted all around the edges of my garden and I haven't had problems with rats or mice. ...

That is not proof - we don't have mint all around the edges of our garden, but we have painted our fence Seagrass green and we've not had any problems with rats or mice since then - is that evidence that Seagrass green fences deter rats?  Of course not.

And rivers, streams and ditches are frequently full of growing mint all along the banks ............... and frequented by rats ............ mint does not deter rats. 

At a factory in Norwich large quantities of Mint Sauce and Mint Jelly are made - if your theory worked they would not need to take any action to keep rats away would they?  But of course they do.


best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 11:38

Apart from the fact that most of what you advocate simply doesn't work, you obviously don't have a clue ... napthalene is nasty stuff

"...Exposure to large amounts of naphthalene may damage or destroy red blood cells. Humans, in particular children, have developed this condition, known as hemolytic anemia after ingesting mothballs or deodorant blocks containing naphthalene. Symptoms include fatigue lack of appetite, restlessness, and pale skin. Exposure to large amounts of naphthalene may cause  confusion,nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine ad jaundice(yellow coloration of the skin).

Over 400 million people have an inherited condition called  glucose-6-phosphatge dehydrogenase deficiency. Exposure to naphthalene is more harmful for these people and may cause hemolytic anemia at lower doses.

When the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) exposed male and female rats and mice to naphthalene vapors on weekdays for two years, male and female rats exhibited evidence of carcinogenic activity based on increased incidences of  adenoma and neuroblastomaof the nose, female mice exhibited some evidence of carcinogenic activity based on increased incidences of alveolar and bronchiolar adenomas of the lung, and male mice exhibited no evidence of carcinogenic activity.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies naphthalene as possibly carcinogenic to humans and animals Group 2B. The IARC also points out that acute exposure causes cataracts in humans, rats, rabbits, and mice; and that hemolytic anemia, described above, can occur in children and infants after oral or inhalation exposure or after maternal exposure during pregnancy. Under California's Proposition 65, naphthalene is listed as "known to the State to cause cancer".A probable mechanism for the carcinogenic effects of mothballs and some types of air fresheners containing naphthalene has been identified.

Memory Lane Rose

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:37

The fact that they're advertised as available all year round suggests to me that they're imported - that might mean that they would not be happy in the UK climate/conditions - but you could always contact the above wholesaler and ask where they come from/who grows them etc?  Explain why you're interested (and that you're not a competitor after their supplier's contact details) and they may be able to help you.

Edited to say: Snap! Sue just realised it's the same website as the one you posted.


Posted: 12/03/2015 at 08:28

Somehow I missed the Chicklet's beautiful birthday cake!!!  How did I manage to do that

Just heard from plumber - he's coming tomorrow - that means I have some cooking to do today and I can get on with paperwork shuffling.   Someone please nag me if I procrastinate by going out into the garden too much - I must get the paperwork finished

As for Clarkson, in my opinion he's an arrogant bully - I've always thought so and although I love cars and driving I loathe Topgear because of him.  For politicians to get involved in this debacle shows a real lack of judgement.



Posted: 12/03/2015 at 06:31

Good morning Wintersong and anybody else who's about

I noticed BL and DD meeting up but got distracted by daughter's phone call. 

Coffee anyone?


Posted: 11/03/2015 at 20:17

TC hello   thanks for letting us share your excitement   What sort of pear trees are you having?  When we moved here 3 years ago one of the first things we put in the garden was a Concorde pear maiden and we're espaliering it to form one side of the dining area of the terrace

My daughter's a chip of the old block   We've had family members and close friends with various disabilities, and I've recently retired from working to support the families of children with severe disabilities and life-limiting conditions.  

I think that so many people just aren't aware of the impact of their behaviour on people who have a disability.

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