Monthly Archives: May 2008

Controlling slugs

This season my friend and I are trying a new method of slug control. I am much more squeemish than she is.  Slugs and snails that she spots are humanely dispatched – using a rock and a breeze block!

This, coupled with the fact that she crushes any eggs she finds, has depleted their numbers. But the cabbages and other baby seedlings will prove a big temptation form the remaining “slimies”. So we are going to plant some tender things like pak choi, lettuce and chard in containers – maybe some strawberry plants, too.

We like to use as few chemicals as possible, so were delighted to learn about a method of slug control to suit the organic gardener. The containers will be stood on “Shocka mat”.  This is  a barrier fabric treated with copper. Apparently it gives the beasties a wee shock if they go on it, so we shall see what happens.

You could put it on the ground and plant through it (strawberries, maybe). But it is also ideal for cutting into mats for pots and other containers.


After looking around for the best deal, we found it on an economical roll at

Keep scrolling and you will find it, as well as other methods of slug control.

Heres some piccies from their site – used by permission.


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Photshop layers tutorial- creating a border

I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out a solution to a Photoshop problem –  how to put a white border around an image .

I tried all sorts of things, but every time I drew a rectangle it filled with colour, instead of being an empty frame for the picture to sit in.

Then I found a great tutorial – clear and well illustrated. In there are instructions for setting up a border layer.

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Are plant pests a headache? Use aspirin!

Allotment gardeners often have some strange sounding ideas, and some odd solutions to problems. And “Tony the Hoe” has written about a cracker of an idea – Spraying plants with diluted aspirin to boost their immune system.
I once knew an old lady gardener whose motto was “Try anything once, dear.” So I may well give this one a go. Tony points out that aspirin is derived from willow and helps boost the natural immunity of plants against pests and diseases. He has used it to counteract onion eelworm.
He has heaps of other interesting information and I plan to have a good root through his excellent blog. The category list looks very tasty!

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Isn’t it fascinating how many words have changed their meaning over the years.  When I first dipped my toe into computing it was a whole new language. Mouse, driver, wallpaper, copy and paste – everything seemed to be old words with new meanings.

The word I found hardest to use was avatar [ the little picture that accompanies a post and is a logo representing the poster] .  I had known this term before, but its only meaning to me was the Hindu concept of a higher god-like being. So it kind of jarred with me. This is because I am a Christian and didn’t want to call any representation of myself an avatar. My belief is that there is only one God, supreme, unique.

Now, of course, I realize that in addition to the original use avatar means something else.  I use the words mouse and wallpaper without even thinking of the original meanings, so now use avatar in an equally untroubled way.

All this has come to the front of my mind as I’m setting up this blog and tweaking a few things. I would like to use the option given here at WordPress to upload an avatar. That’s another design challenge for another day!

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Embedding a YouTube video in a blog

Wow! Am I chuffed!  I managed to embed the YouTube video in the previous post.

I had tried a few times a couple of weeks ago – but got no joy. I don’t know what I was doing wrong. But the process is simple enough.

When you see a video you want to embed (rather than merely give a link in your post so that the reader can leave you to go and view it … and get distracted and spend the next hours viewing YouTube instead of reading your great posts!!) look to the right of ther YouTube page.
There you may see a box marked “Embed”. In the box is some code.
Click inside the box and the text inside it will be highlighted.  This is what you must copy. The keyboard shortcut for that action is Ctrl+C on a PC.

Now go into your post and hit the tab that transfers you to HTML view. In the place in your post where you want the video to show, click and paste in the copied coding (Ctrl+V).
Save your post and view it to see if all is working well.

Trying something new on the computer can be like fishing. What will the result be

When I’m previewing a web page I’ve made or, in this case, a post with a new trick in it, I imagine I feel a bit like fishermen do when they are waiting to see what is on the end of the line or in the net they are hauling. It’s a good expectation. And even if I’ve failed to do what I wanted, there’s usually a reason, and finding it is the next challenge.

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About RSS feeds

What is RSS? What are feeds? Why should I use them? These questions were all answered for me when I found a great wee video on YouTube.

Learning about blogging makes me want to visit other blogs and learn from them how things might be done. Having found Technorati, and visited a few blogs today, I realized the value of subscribing to an RSS feed. Now, at last, I can get my head round it a wee bit.

If you watch the video which I am going to try to embed in this post you will see a great teacher and communicator in action!


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I have just discovered Technorati. What a great way of getting to know what other blogs are out there!  they offred me a way to “claim my blog”, so that it can benefit from the tools available at Technorati. Writing this post is part of the process. It will be fun to explore and learn more about how to use Technorati to find cool stuff, and also to enhance this blog. Next I’ll need to fins out how to place the little badge thingy on this blog.

Add to Technorati Favorites

I see that many blogs have a little orange feed icon. The theme I am using (Pressrow by Chris Pearson) has only a text link to the feeds. But if you’re like me, you’ll hardly know what to do with them! I aim to find out.


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