Latest posts by Dovefromabove

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:50

If you use Danone Optimel or Yakult or similar save the little bottles, peel off the plastic wrap and use the bottles upside down on the ends of canes.  If you don't like the look of them paint them with acrylic or house paint.


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:28

Wintersong - it's a Direct Debit so they could have put it up to the new amount, but they won't (he promised).  The new bill will be much much much lower!  Like Matty, he doesn't understand why the computer let such a huge jump go unqueried and he's going to get that checked too. 

Wonky - congratulations on patience with child

Making Nematode Soup from Slugs

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:23

Listen Again to today's Radio 2 Jeremy Vine gardening feature - there was a section on this very subject.


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:17

How lovely!  It's wonderful to hear them

Do people freeze produce?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 15:35

Check that they will work in temps down to -10C.  I hadf a Hotpoint fridge-freezer in the garage and when the temperature in the garage dropped below about 4C the freezer stopped working.  This is because the ambient temperature is lower than the temperature in the fridge which is where the thermostat is.

After considerable research I replaced it with a Beko which will work in temperatures of down to -10C.  I'd always thought this to be an economy brand but I must say we are very impressed with the one we have.  It's 4 years old and has continued to work in low ambient temperatures.

If I underrstand things correctly the problem with the ambient temperature being too low doesn't apply to chest freezers.

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 14:10

I think that's frost damage too - it's ok, it won't do lasting damage - just continue to look after it as normal.  Hopefully the weather will warm up again soon


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 14:02

Fingers very crossed Matty

Phew!  The nice man at Npower says he will put my Direct Debit back to the old figure and send me a new bill ... and breathe

Boycott Thomson and morgan

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:57

The logical solution to insufficient customer care staff to service the queries, is to improve the quality of goods supplied  - there will then be fewer complaints/queries, and the customer care staff will be adequate.


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:46

Ask the jays that plant them in my shady bank

Apparently you push them into soft soil with your beak, then forget where you've put them ........ in a few years time you have a forest ......... Simples


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 13:44
punkdoc wrote (see)

Is it just me, or does anyone else hate mowing the lawn.

Just spent 2.5 hours of my life following the lawn mower round, looking at all the other jobs that needed doing and that I would much rather do.

But that gave you the chance to notice all those other jobs that need doing, admire your beds and borders, and feel virtuous and consequently deserving of a reward


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