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MOB rants

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 13:49

Hi, all. I am terrified of self-service checkouts and would not even try to use them. I do find that the checkout staff are now trained to be friendly and ask you about your day. I had a lovely chat to the young man in Tesco this morning by asking him about himself and I came out feeling cheerful. It is all about price really, isn't it? People do want the cheapest supermarket and the competition is intense.

I use online shopping sometimes, but quite enjoy the jaunt to the supermarket and the exercise involved in walking around an enormous store. I suppose it is a bit sad! The most exciting thiing likely to happen to me today is that visit to Tesco...

 

Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 06:26
Mummy Muddy Paws wrote (see)

If that Zarking snow comes back, I'm going back to bed & won't get up until little One's second birthday (April 29th).  Not only does OH pinch my car so's I can't go anywhere, he's still not made me skis for the pushchair.

Off to say a rude word now.

Mummy Muddy Paws wrote (see)

If that Zarking snow comes back, I'm going back to bed & won't get up until little One's second birthday (April 29th).  Not only does OH pinch my car so's I can't go anywhere, he's still not made me skis for the pushchair.

Off to say a rude word now.



Has spring arrived for you yet?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:59

Wet and mild here in S Wales - what's new? I've had a few sunny sessions in the garden though and things are looking quite good - tete a tete daffs and hellebores flowering, hyacinths quite advanced, a few crocuses,lots of things in bud. What's most amazing, this afternoon, in a sheltered and sunny (!) bit of the garden, I found leaves budding on a fuchsia! 

prenial flowers for cutting

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:46

Most perennials will flower this year. What controls your choice would be the size and colours you want. Obviously, perennials are a long term choice and if you put in smaller plants, they will develop and flower better next year. Another issue in your choice might be whether they are easy to grow from seeds or cuttings. For example, if you bought a sedum plant, they are so easy to grow from cutttings that you could turn that plant into ten new ones by next year. Some plants seed themselves very readily and will increase your stock quickly, for example alchemilla mollis (Ladies Mantle) and Geranium Robertiana (Herb Robert).

Problem

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:39

There is a pest called viburnum leaf beetle which has recently arrived from the continent, I think.

The larvae hatch in May and start eating leaves. Spray in May with a chemical bug killer to kill larvae while young and cut off and burn affected leaves.Adult beetles are harder to kill. Hope this helps.

Old seeds

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:30

That's encouraging since I few a few packs of old seeds. Did you plant them more densely than new seeds, on the theory that fewer would germinate, or did you treat them as nnormal?

When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 21:28

You must have a big garden!!

Problem

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 20:56

Hi, Barbara. Glad you have posted. Please write something about your problem so people can help you with it.

Used ground coffee

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 20:52

Hi, Philip. There's a fascinating adricle about coffee grounds in Green Planet. Here's a link,

http://www.greenplanet.com/great-coffee-great-fertilizer/

Coffee grunds are good for the garden. They can be dried out and sprinkled on the soil or mixed with water to make a liquid fertiliser.

MOB rants

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 20:45

We are taxed on the interest on our savings, which doesn't amount to much these days! ISAs are not taxed. I was told that in Ireland you pay no tax on the first ten thousand pounds and then half of everything. Don't know if it is true, really.

Don't really want to rant about tax, though, because the west is in big trouble and I'll be content if things stay stable and we don't get more economic collapse. Cheery soul, aren't I?

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