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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 16:33

Oh, and by the way, it's now cleared up a lot and the sun is trying to shine, the thunderstorm has rumbled off to soak someone else (and there was some hail in it, too, ouch!)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 16:32

Well, that was fun....been and picked up the boy, actually went and picked up my brother-in-law and used the car to pick my son and nephew up from nursery.  Now I know why I normally walk to school and pick him up, the number of cars trying to find a parking space on the school's doorstep was amazing - lots of women (and some men too), with a vacant expression, turning to anger when they found no spaces, God forbid they had to use their legs!!  I have ME and brother in law suffers from arthritis, but we normally walk the boys to school, I can't believe how LAZY some parents are!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 14:52

Great.  It's just started to Thunder, it's too dark to see the letters on my laptop's keyboard, and now I've got to extract myself from a GSD that HATES thunder to go and pick up a small boy from Nursery.  The heavens have just opened up too, so drowned rat time......

Sizzling Summer Plant Deal

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 14:49

Excitable Boy, you must live 'down south' somewhere, as I've had to dodge raindrops to get my baskets planted up!  Got to set off in a minute to pick the boy up from nursery, and it's started to Thunder, so I'm going to get a tad wet.  That is if I can get the GSD off my lap, he's a big jessie when it comes to Thunder!

T & M OFFER FOR MAY

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 14:35

Hi All,

I'm not a GW subscriber, but am lurking on here because you lot are so friendly and it's a great way to pick up tips (and it's a great way of asking 'stupid' novice questions without being laughed at).  I am however, signed up to T&M's news emails, and this offer is open to anyone, as long as you have the code.  It did say in my email (and on the web site) that stocks were limited, so I'm wondering if T&M have a deal with GW where they'll grow enough plants for GW's free offers, and if there are any left over, then offer them to those people who have their news email.  I've applied for the offer, and hope to get my plants soon, they are normally quite small, but are always top quality, NOT like some of the other mail-order plant companies I've dealt with in the past.

I also save my clubcard vouchers until I've got £15 worth, this translates into £45 in vouchers.  Then I go through the top cash back site, (I think the rate at the minute is 8%), spend an extra fiver to get the 'free' postage, and I get £50 of plants, PLUS cash back on the whole £50 spend, even though I've only spent £5 in real terms.  This is great if like me, you are on a very limited budget.  I love T&M!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 16:51

Well, we had a lovely breezy morning here, sunny with lots of cloud cover.  Now it's gone very dark, the wind is picking up and it's looking very dismal outside.  According to radio 2 this morning, we're in for a month's worth of rain in the next 3 days.  I really hope not, my son is having his jubilee 'street party' at school tomorrow, I'd hate for it to rain.  It probably will though, I've got some beans and squash that need planting out over the weekend, and hubby has (finally!) agreed to put up some more hanging basket brackets and help me hang them (I'm slightly disabled and can't lift the flipping things very far now they're full!)

slug pellets

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 16:33

Joslow, I think you may benefit from a wee drinky and a box of chocolates!  I'm not one to complain about genenetcially modified food, as we've been 'genetically modifying' plants and animals for centuries, except back then it was called selective breeding.  Now we can do it quicker by using genes, and do some pretty amazing things.

We have (in the western world) eradicated TB, rickets, smallpox, and lots of other childhood nasties.  We are not doomed to die if part of us packs up (kidneys, pancreas), or if we get cancer, or from an infection.  Our water is pure so we don't get typhoid or dysentry.  If we're lucky enough to have a bit of green space we can grow veg in, we can grow it how we want, with/without pesticides.  We can circumnavigate the globe, make energy from the sun, wind and waves.  We still have some fossil fuels left, and are slowly getting to grips with recycling things.

Am I alone in thinking we are living in a golden time?

Sizzling Summer Plant Deal

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 13:16

Well, Daniel is only 3 and Rebecca just 1, so will have to wait a litlle while for that one to work, weejenny!  Hiding the stuff and waiting for random bits of car will have to suffice for a little bit longer!!

I agree that there's something very satisfying about eradicating weeds and pests from your garden and allowing what you want to grow to get on with it.

I thought Gardening would be a nice innocent pastime before I started, I didn't realise that such things as pest war, garden envy and plant gluttony existed!

Dog Area

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 13:09

The bark chippings are a good idea, unfortunately my garden is too small to give the dog a dedicated poop area.  There's not really much point anyway, as whenever I go out to clean up poop, I end up cleaning up at least as much cat poo as there is dog poo.  If anyone has any ideas for keeping the cats away, I'd be interested (have tried super-soaker filled with beer and that works for a while, if I'm quick enough and my aim is OK!).  Welshonion, I think the discs you're talking about are distraction discs, for use when the dog is doing something it shouldn't.  I have trained dogs to go in a specific place in the past, you need to be very patient, find out when the dog normally does it's business, then take it out ON A LEAD to where you want it to go.  When it goes, tell the dog 'Wee-wees' or 'poo-poos', and give lots of encouragement & treats when they've finished.  They then associate the word and action, and in time the lead can be discarded, and when the dog gets let out, you can say 'wee-wees' and the dog will go to the area and do it's business.

We used to have two (sadly one had to be PTS earlier this year) and they understand this AND bedtime wee-wees - they know they won't be let out until next morning, so when we let Max out at night, he knows what's happening.

He also knows the difference between 'collect the boy' (from nursery, 30mins) and 'going shopping' (a couple of hours).  But then he's a GSD Collie cross, so probably cleverer than I am!!

slug pellets

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 11:44

Thanks, FloBear, I wasn't trying to tell people what to do (cos this normally puts peopole's backs up and then they go and do the opposite), I'm very lucky in having natural slug predators in the garden, and hope they stay.  I can see why people use slug pellets, with this warm summer especially they seem to be all over the place (had to take evasive action with my pushchair to avoid a snail this morning, had I been wearing my wellies it would have been goodnight vienna), I just think there are better ways to deal with them than the pellets.  I have used the growing success ones in the past, and try to avoid them as much as possible.  If I see the slugs munching on food intended for my family, out come the garden scissors!

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