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I need your help

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 17:36

Yes - really, really well done.

Leaving aside the temptation from the oh-so enticing smell of bacon and sausages cooking outside - you obviously had a routine of having a sarnie when visiting the sale. So it was both temptation and habit / routine to overcome - doubly difficult.  You can give yourself a pat on the back for that one 

Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 12:17

Thanks Bushman - will give those ideas a try 

Lesley - it's when it's your THIRD trip to the same room / whatever to get the same thing that you need to start worrying. I am chilling just regarding it as part of my fitness regime - lots of walking exercise 

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Posted: 15/07/2015 at 11:21

Thanks Bushman - no I haven't tried companion planting.

It was noticeable that the voles did not appear in one bed earlier this year when I had garlic in there (it was a bed they 'used' last year).

The garlic was harvested about 3 weeks ago & I noticed the first couple of holes in that bed this week.....So, companion planting may well be worth trying next year.

As a quick fix for this season - do you think a few teabags soaked in Jeyes fluid and buried about 4" inches down would have a similar effect? I would keep them about 12" from the crop (Jeyes flavoured carrots - yuck!) but there are enough little spaces that I could probably put one tea bag about every 18" or so.

I need your help

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:53

Thanks Nanny B I'd forgotten about freezing 'nanas. It's a nice treat - a bit like a creamy ice lolly with less of the guilt.

I know it's a bit of a no-no on a weight loss plan -  but some people find it really hard to do without cake or like to have cake in the house for family and friends. A big cake sat in a tin is the way to madness if you are depriving yourself - especially if you are unable to put food in the bin without a huge guilt trip.

However, a cake cut into very small portions and frozen will allow for the occasional small treat for you - and also allow you to look like a domestic goddess when visitors call 

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Posted: 15/07/2015 at 10:40

Hi Bushman

Yes - the voles are coming out to play in 2 of my 3 beds at the moment - carrots & beetroot are their favourite targets. I talk to them too - my maritime ancestry comes out then - words even I didn't know I knew .

Hope nobody overhears me when I do that - will never get invited to WI meetings again 

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Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:27
It's nice to see I'm not alone too NGCARDS !
I wonder if anbody else talks to themselves in the garden? I chat away like a good 'un - usually either giving myself a b*ll*cking for doing something stupid (again) or telling the plants what I think of their performance today.
Doesn't annoy me that I do it - but it probably worries the neighbours somewhat

I need your help

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 19:38

It certainly sounds as though you are intending for this to be a life style change Pauline - rather than a shorter term 'lose some weight' diet.

They say it takes about 3 to 4 weeks for a regular chore or activity to become a habit.

I'm sure the drinking more water / herbal teas and especially drinking just before and during a meal will be very beneficial in terms of both hydration and helping you to eat a bit less at each meal. So try to do that for the next month or so - & then you will probably find yourself  doing it without even thinking about it.

'Conscious eating' is another good 'trick'.  Really concentrate on each mouthful of food and savour and chew it properly instead of wolfing it down without it touching the sides. Put down your knife & fork between each mouthful, put the sandwich down after each bite - you will almost certainly feel more satisfied more quickly and you might even lose weight without really changing too much in your diet because you will probably eat less. 

Smaller plate sizes are another good tip to trick your brain into thinking it's had more than it has. Some other favourite tricks have already been mentioned - turn one slice of toast into 2 by cutting in half etc. Cut everything into little pieces and eat the pieces one at a time. Only butter one slice of bread in a sandwich. Those tricks really work over time. Even if you only reduce your calorie intake by 100 per day (about 1.5 choc digestives) that is still over 35,000 a year.

No foods should be forbidden. Allow yourself to eat what you like but try to look at the positives and concentrate on the healthier foods you do like rather worrying about giving up the unhealthier options.  

When you opt for an unhealthier treat really enjoy it - make it last and, most importantly, tell yourself it's ok to have it - but not for 20 minutes. Then drink some water. After 20 mins, if you really still want it - have it. You'll be surprised how often the craving will pass or you decide to opt for something a bit healthier.

Overgrown garden and novice gardener!

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 19:09

Sounds like a great project Green Novice - very exciting. It would be helpful to have one or two pictures so we can see the scale of your problem (one man's 'large garden' is another man's 'huge estate') and perhaps give you some advice re the best tools for the job (e.g. whether you need a brush cutter or whether a tough lawn mower will do).

Other than that the advice to do a bit at a time is very sound. 

Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:51
  1. Putting things down then wasting 10 mins looking for them - hand fork, secateurs, garden knife etc - every single blessed gardening session.
  2. Not labelling things properly because "I'll remember that.... " yeah, right
  3. Not staking in time - some plants I do - many I don't - each year I promise to do better - each year I don't
  4. Taking forever to put plants in. In spite of 'setting things out' I always end up standing back and thinking "that needs to go a little to the right.." - usually means moving several plants. Little saying of mine - "Why plant it just the once when you can plant it 3 times.."
  5. Snipping unopened flower buds when getting carried away with the dead heading
  6. etc etc


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 18:37

Evening All. Garden is looking a bit spritzed up after a day of much needed light rain and drizzle. No need to water the veggies tonight - hooray !

Welcome aboard Bushman - any idea what to do about voles in my raised veggie beds? Little b**gers eat the beetroot and carrots from below  I love my cat but he has proved totally useless at sorting that particular problem.

Clari - lovely to 'see' you. Sorry you had such a pants weekend - hope things sort themselves out one way or another.

Everyone else seems to have been busy bees. I need to get on sorting out the jungle now the tennis has finished & attend to other jobs put on hold for the duration... 

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