Natural Ways to Control Slugs and Snails

The Great Slug Debacle

Those of you who follow me on social media will know that I have been experimenting with non-toxic ways to protect my flowers and allotment seedlings from slugs and snails. It has become something of an obsession which now finds me prowling the garden each night with a torch.

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Why I am Going to Win ‘Best Allotment’ This Year!

If you took a look at my allotment a mere week ago you would think that it was an overgrown piece of scrubland. The collapsed shed waiting to be put up, the pile of sleepers waiting to be turned into raised beds and the fruit trees trying to poke their heads above the surrounding weeds just add to the air of neglect.

Move forward a week and you would still think that it was being managed by allotment wannabes who would be lucky to grow a potato let alone manage a plot of lovely organic veg which will keep them stocked up for a good part of the year. Yes, the weeds have been strimmed back and the sleepers have been put into position but the beds are still not dug over, let alone any seeds purchased. I, however am determined that this year is the year of the allotment and our plot will no longer be the embarrassment of the site.

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The Organic Veg Conundrum

Organic Veg, Kale, Plastics and the Allotment!

I have been thinking about signing up to an organic veg box scheme for a very long time but there is one thing putting me off – KALE… It may be a super food but no amount of ‘super’ is going to make it palatable to my uncultured taste buds. Even when it is hidden away in soup it is a no-go for me which creates a very British stumbling block to signing up to a veg box scheme as everyone I know who gets a veg box says you end up with loads of kale during the winter months.

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Beeswax Wraps

A few weeks ago I hadn’t even heard of beeswax wraps. I first came across them via Deborah Meaden and Twitter and since then everyone seems to have gone beeswax wrap mad, me included. However, this post isn’t just about me jumping on the band wagon as my desire to try them links to two topics that I am increasingly passionate about; reducing plastic waste and reducing my family’s exposure to harmful chemicals.

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My Story

Anyone who has watched reality TV shows knows that you don’t get anywhere unless you have a sob story. I have always been relatively lucky and have managed to avoid misfortune. I am married to someone I love, have two great kids, a fulfilling job and I live in Cornwall, a mile or so from my favourite beach. Life was pretty good until my husband started to feel unwell in September 2016. This led to a series of trips to the doctor, lots of tests and head scratching and finally to a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on 29 December 2016, aged thirty-six.

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