Monday, 17 November 2008

PS - the being green compromise...

So I have decided to continue to use the green friendly washing powder. And the the not so green washing powder. The white clothes and the particularly grotty clothes get the hard core not-so-good for the planet powder and the less dirty clothes get the happy-earth-loving one. I think that its a good compromise.

On other earthly matters, the snakes have not made a further appearance. Must be waiting to scare the pants off me another day. I have my very own snake specialist friend now - Beverley calls to check on the snake sitings and provides an overview of snake comings and goings in the Shire. Makes me feel safer knowing we have Beverley on call.

And a final green report, I have resisted buying snail pellets for our garden. I have lost 3 pumpkin seedlings, 12 lettuce seedlings, 1 eggplant, a mass of sorrel leaves and part of the cucumber plant. I have built barricades and enclosures out of bird netting and I am trying to lure the snails to the 'pit of death' with good German beer. Have they fallen for the 'pit of death'? No, they have not. I can only surmise that we are in wine country...

8 comments:

Jackie said...

You make me giggle, Rach. Thank you...'wine country' LOL

Levin (and Emily) said...

I'm with you - we use friendly washing powder 90% of the time, and bucket it all out into our garden. BUT, sometimes, you really want to wear white, not grey or you just want to get the stains out of your kids clothing, so I do soak it in the horrid stuff - but not too often. Seriously we should wear t-shirt that say 'my t-shirt is grey cause i love my planet'!
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Selina said...

I agree with the post above, very clever!

Jo said...

LOL Rach!!

Do what my hubby does. Head outside after dark with the torch and catch them in the act.
Wear you best snail squishing boots.

Skye Rocket Sews said...

Hiya Rach,
for the snails,try crushed up egg shells,slugs and snails won't crawl over them.
Somebody told me for slugs(not sure if it applies to snails,we haven't tried yet)get a grapefruit and cut it in half ,place it flesh side down near the seedling and the slugs crawl up into it and eat that instead!!!
Not sure about this one,but the egg shells work wonders!!!
Good on you for holding out on buying poison....everytime I cut a tomato open with slugs in my mum saying"I don't know why you don't use tomato dust"
It's worth holding out I reackon.
Mel.xxx

tiff said...

LOL, We've tried the beer trick here and it was no good and we are most definitely in wine country. Maybe you are onto something.

Jessica said...

I'd love to check out some green washing powder...something to do this winter!

Michelle said...

Snails are a nuisance aren't they? A super gardener I know goes out every time it rains and just squishes 'em. Gross but effective. I've just bought iron based slug pellets for my strawberry patch, apparently non toxic and they break down and enrich the soil.

PS I've found if you wash in hot water the green friendly washing powder is okay...but then you're polluting in other ways....