This blog we promise to leave no stone unturned as we go on the warpath for every gardener’s nemesis – slugs and snails!
There are no less than 36 species of slug in the UK. That’s according to ‘Slugs of Britain and Ireland’, a book by the Field Studies Council whose title must surely be a contender for the coveted annual award for the oddest and most obscure book title, which this year includes entries such as ‘Paper Folding with Children’ and ‘Soviet Bus Stops’. We kid you
None of us like the idea of sharing our homes with uninvited guests. Yet insects of all varieties can, and do, delight in invading our personal space, sometimes with expensive and all too damaging consequences. While houseflies, crane flies and even spiders are annoying or even a little bit scary, they’re generally pretty harmless, especially when compared to the potentially destructive havoc that can be wreaked by moths! There are some 2,500 species of moth and most, like th
The term ‘upcycling’ first entered our vocabulary in the mid 1990’s. Coincidentally, at about this time a new generation of TV makeover gurus were rummaging through suburban skips in search of bits of broken or dilapidated furniture they could restore or repurpose. Inspired by the likes of “Changing Rooms”, upcycling is a side of interior design that has, over two decades, both matured and endured as an affordable and environmentally principled way of adding individuality and
With warmer, sunnier days hopefully on the horizon, preparing the garden as a place to relax or entertain ultimately begins closest to the house, and that means giving the patio or decking a spot of routine maintenance. If your decking is looking a bit jaded after the winter it’s probably in need of little more than a good clean. This will be particularly apparent if the hardwood boards are slippery underfoot. The cause is a build-up of dirt and algae becoming entrapped in th
How many different products does one home need to get the laundry cleaner, keep domestic appliances free of limescale and plugholes flowing freely? Not to mention stubborn grease on cookers and surfaces. The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is just one. It’s something your granny would be familiar with – Soda Crystals or washing soda, a staple in the fight against household grime for over 150 years! But just because Soda Crystals predate the myriad of cleaning products available