We’ve all been there. Planted out bedding plants or veg seedlings, only to find what we’ve done is put out slug food.... Having this week planted out my broad beans from the greenhouse, here is part 2 of my experiences trying out all the supposed ways to tackle the pesky pests that like to munch … Continue reading Slugs – more ways to deter them
Thanks to the most-boring holiday in the world ever inflicted on a nine-year-old, I have since then had zero appreciation of canals. Chugging along all day, at 5mph, unable to get off the boat, I spent the whole week with my nose in books. The only interest came when we went through locks. Meeting a … Continue reading A belated appreciation of canals
Looking for a new job can be a daunting and dispiriting experience. Understanding how the system works is a case of 'forewarned, forearmed'. Even if the armour is purely defensive. It's a crowded market Job agencies try to entice applicants with jolly adverts about not judging by appearance, and how there are loads of employers … Continue reading Truth about job agencies
In a world of extremes, here's to the middle-of-the-road, the average, the tolerant, and the nice. It’s Good Friday and people who gave up something for Lent will be looking forward to indulging in it again in a couple of days! I’ve only ever done it once before this year. A friend decided to give … Continue reading Let’s celebrate moderation
Ever deleted a Facebook account? Assume that means it's dead and buried? Ever seen a vampire movie?! With all the fuss currently about Facebook, I was surprised the other day to get an email addressed to me by name saying ‘It looks like you're having trouble logging into Facebook. Just click the button below and … Continue reading Facebook and the undead account
There are many, many suggestions on how to deal with slugs and snails. But how successful are these? I think I've tried most of them! So, here's a list of some of them, and my experience. 200 slugs per metre Let’s start with a few facts about slugs and snails. Humans are inclined to forget … Continue reading Hosta la vista to slugs and snails?
Won't be planting my early potatoes just yet! The dog's enjoying himself, though.
You see something unfamiliar at the garden centre, look at the label to see what it is, and read: ‘plant in well-drained soil.’ If you’re me, you put it back down again. And then repeat, and repeat. Because plant labels never say anything else. I’m sure it’s an ‘insurance policy’ on the growers’ part, so … Continue reading ‘Plant in well-drained soil’ – the frustration of plant labels
Looking for a new job? Job sites have jolly TV adverts, and pop up when you’re on other websites, making it look like they are the best thing since sliced bread. In fact, they suck. They waste vast amounts of job-seekers’ time and energy, and they aren’t great for employers, either. Job sites are just … Continue reading Online job sites waste so much time
In the USA, tomorrow is the start of Festival of Camellias month. I've only just heard of it, but sounds cool to me. In the UK, I think February should be Festival of Crocuses month. After a prolonged spell of downpours, showers, drizzle, raining cats and dogs, and deluges, it’s back this week to warnings … Continue reading February is Festival of Camellias month