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Posted: 19/10/2015 at 06:34

Good morning all   G'day Pat   I've just been googling Cunningham's Skinks - what fascinating creatures - living in family groups, monogamous - somehow I don't expect that sort of behaviour from reptiles

OH likes chocolate but not chocolate cake.  I don't like chocolate ice cream and the only chocolate cake I like are the gooey ones that are made without flour.  Wonky doesn't like celery or green peppers.  When she and her brother were youngsters one of them would only eat the yolk of an egg and the other would only eat the white, but I could never remember which one liked which so if it was 'Full English' for breakfast, I'd put one fried egg on the table and they'd have to sort it out between them - couldn't be doing with fussy


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:04
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

.......... Dove said "I like tomatoes whichever way they come but I rarely eat tomato ketchup on food"   ?? what do you eat tomato ketchup on then Dove? ...


Ah, not on but in - I sometimes use it as an ingredient, e.g. in a ragu or in a salad dressing or sauce

Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 15:29

It depends where the gravel has come from - if it's been dredged from the sea-bed and is unwashed it may contain seasalt which will damage plants. 

However, my understanding of building supplies in the UK is that dredged gravel is usually washed and graded nowadays as concrete made from gravel containing salt will 'rot' and detiorate very quickly.  I've no idea what the regulations are regarding building gravel in Spain.

If  the gravel is from a quarry it should be fine.


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 15:20

When we moved into our last place there was bindweed all over the garden and as high as the bedroom windowsills.  We sprayed with glyiphosate (Roundup) and waited until it was all brown and dead before pulling it up.  We then waited for more shoots and sprayed and waited again.  We did that for the whole summer.  By the autumn the garden was free of bindweed and we were able to lay paving, dig our garden and create the beds.  All we had to do in the folowing years was to keep our eyes open for any bindweed shoots sneaking under the fence from next door and then we'd either paint on some glyphosate or spray it after masking off our precious plants.

It's too late to treat your bindweed this year - wait until it starts to grow next year and then zap it and keep zappig it.  You will win if you are methodical.

Good luck


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:37

Pa didn't like tomatoes or tomato ketchup but he loved tomato soup. 

I like tomatoes whichever way they come but I rarely eat tomato ketchup on food.


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 13:27

Sweet dreams Pat


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:23

Everything's getting well watered in now - it's raining out there now - I'm feeling very pleased with myself


Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:21

Young whippersnappers the lot of you

Just thought I'd let you know that Wonky and her lovely hub had a lie-in and two cuppas in bed this morning   Papa and Step-mum Womble and two  friends turned up yesterday to help bring order to chaos and they're feeling much less stressed now.  Wonky's even had a wander around the garden this morning pulling out chickweed

Pointing between paving slabs - help!

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 12:14

Hi Tandy and welcome

What are the slabs bedded onto?

Pet Friendly Way to Remove Weeds from Dark Damp Area

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 11:47

It'll take five minutes to pull those up and bin them - then as Hosta says get a nice hoe - one like this


, every time you see tiny little green shoots 'tickle' the soil with the hoe - a couple of minutes work once a week (every week in the spring, summer and autumn) - that'll stop them growing and developing seeds and spreading everywhere

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