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Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:33

My OH is obsessive about switching everything off to save money. Computers at work are on all the time so backups and updates are done while we are not there.

I find it weird when someone remotely does something to a computer that I'm working on. I start looking for the hidden cameras. I'm sure that they are more likely to be hacked if they are on all the time, but that makes me sound paranoid.


Posted: 17/04/2014 at 21:01

The ducks are back. They seem to like the special duck food. They'll be upset again on Sunday as we're going to be away again. Visiting friends and not relatives this time.

What do you do with grass clippings?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 20:58

ive got a lot of leaves that were swept up last year. I mix them up with grass cuttings, shredded hedge prunings and kitchen waste and it  makes compost.You can lay them as mulch around raspberry plants

Cap on soil

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 20:32

It depends on how much space is between your plants. Mine won't have any gaps until I pull out the forget me nots. If I learnt how   a hoe, I wouldn't have all the forget me nots or poppies, or all the overwintered cerinthe that are just starting to flower.

Cap on soil

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 20:24

I would run one of the three pronged cultivators around and then mulch.If you don't have one, you could use a hand fork or even a hoe.

when to sow seeds

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 20:20


You're about a month late but they will catch up.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 17:53

My grandad was in the REME, and my dad, and a cousin. The spanners in my dads garage range from tiddly little things to stuff suitable for a tank. Full set of imperial, full set of metric.

I think my sweet peas have sunscald - what to do?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:37

Did you harden them off first or did they go straight from a greenhouse to final position?. I suspect cold or wind on tender leaves would be more damaging than sun at this time of year.

Plug making tool

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:34

I had a plastic one a long time ago, I only used it for one season. Its like making mud pies, the compost mix has to be really sloppy. Moving individual blocks afterwards was a pain, and keeping all the sides moist wasn't easy either.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 13:31

Frank, I think engineers are different.  My OH was apprenticed as a patternmaker, but then went to do a B. Ed in design and technology. When they got to the patternmaking bit, he ended up taking the class instead of the lecturer, as he said, he had a lot more practical experience. His twin brother teaches latin and has a B.A, an MA, a Ph,D and a cert Ed, but he always dismisses his brother as the one who likes to get his hands dirty ( never happier than when under the bonnet of a car). Should the apocalypse happen, I know who will be more use.

When I was ten, I was asked what was I hoping for for xmas. I said a greenhouse, I doubt it would fit on santas sleigh. The person asking gave me a very funny look.

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