Top 4 Gardening Hacks

As National Gardening Week continues, we are bringing you a host of great gardening hacs you will have wished you knew before.

  1. Put Cinnamon powder on seedlings to prevent diseases.

Cinnamon has some anti-fungal qualities, and it smells great as a bonus. Use it to prevent and stop diseases on seedlings.

  1. Use citrus peel to start seedlings

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Just poke a hole in the bottom of the peel for drainage, fill it with potting soil, then sow seed and sprinkle some water. When the seedling is ready for transplant, plant it directly in a garden or in a container with the peel. The peel will decompose and nourish the young plant as it grows.

  1. Use Coffee grounds to keep pests away

Use used coffee grounds to keep pests like ants, snails, and slugs away.

  1. Use eggshells to prevent pests

If you don’t have coffee in your house then another way to protect your plants against pests is using egg shells. Coarsely crumbled, egg shells form an effective barrier against soft-bodied garden pests like snails and slugs that eat your plants. They do not risk through this sharp and uncomfortably jagged shells.

Britain’s Top 6 Favourite Flowers

Today marks the beginning of National Gardening Week so we thought we would kick it off by researching the nation’s favourite flowers as voted by the public and a fact about each of them.

1. Roses

Rose

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
The Rose is the nation’s Favourite,
How about you?

Unsurprising really but the Rose is the favourite flower among the British.

2. Lilies

Lily

Despite the connection between Tiger Lilies and their sweet scent most varieties of Lily are actually Odourless

3. Tulip

Tulip

There are over 3000 varieties of Tulip.

4. Daffodil

Daffodil

They are one of the rare species of plants that are able to successfully grow through the snow.

5. Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflowers are the only flower with the word flower in its name (even its scientific name – Helianthus – literally translates as “Sunflower”)

6. Orchid

Orchis

The genus Orchids comes from an Ancient Greek word meaning “testicle”; because of the shape of the bulbous roots.

 

1986 – The world’s longest war ends without a single shot having been fired

The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War was an allegedstate of war between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly. It is said to have been extended by the lack of a peace treaty for 335 years without a single shot being fired, which would make it one of the world’s longest wars and a bloodless war. Peace was finally declared in 1986, bringing an end to any war that may have been legally considered to exist.

How do you forget that a ‘State of War’ exists for over 3 centuries?

The worst thing is this is not the only bizarre occurrence of things being forgotten about in law. While we may not abide them the following laws still technically exist in England…

1) Getting drunk in a pub

Yep, it is illegal to be intoxicated in a licensed premises and any persons found to be in breach may be subject to a £200 fine.

2) Asking a stranger for parking change

We’ve all had it, you park up and go to pay at the machine before realising you don’t quite have enough change so you ask a passerby or another driver waiting to pay if they have 10p to help you out. Well if you are caught doing this you could face a month in a “House of Correction” under the Vagrancy Act of 1824.

3) Handling a salmon suspiciously

According to Section 32 of the Salmon Act 1986 it is illegal “to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances”.

Wear Your Pyjamas to Work Day

Today is PJ’s for PANCAN – Say goodnight to Pancreatic Cancer

Wear your Pyjamas to work or school on the 16th April and help say goodnight to pancreatic cancer; the cancer that has been kept in the dark for too long.

The great people at Pancreatic Cancer Action hold this annual event to help raise funds and awareness so more patients are diagnosed at an early stage so they have the best chance of survival. Nearly 10,000 people are diagnosed each year and shockingly, the low survival rate has barely changed in 50 years. But with this initiative Pancreatic Cancer Action are determined to stamp out late detection and secure a higher survival rate.

This is an initiative we should all get behind, although it is too late to hold your own wear PJ’s to work day today you can still download all the materials, including posters and activities to host this later this week from the Pancreatic Cancer Action website. Alternately you can simply make a donation (the recommended donation is at least £2) at: https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/support-us/donate/

Let’s all get together and help more people survive!

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Top 10 Adventurous Activities Worldwide

Top 10 Adventurous Activities Worldwide

It’s #WalkOnYourWildSideDay today, so we are going to take a trip around the world with the top 10 adventurous activities for when travelling is just not exciting enough.

  1. Skydiving in Interlaken, Switzerland

Any place where you can hurl yourself out of a plane and float majestically over the snow-capped Swiss Alps simply has to feature on any red-blooded adventurer’s do to list.

  1. Bungee jumping in Queenstown, New Zealand

The Kawarau Bridge jump comes up trumps not only for its spectacular views but for the kudos that hosting the first ever bungee jump inevitably gets you.

  1. Bridge climbing in Sydney, Australia

Anyone who is relatively fit and healthy can do the climb and will be rewarded with the most spectacular views across one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

  1. Surfing in Bondi, Australia

When you think of surfing, Bondi Beach instantly springs to mind, and surf schools in the area cottoned on to this a long time ago.

  1. Skiing or snowboarding in Whistler, Canada

Whether you ski or snowboard (or something in between), Whistler Blackcomb in Canada is the ultimate resort for fun seeking snow addicts.

  1. Zorbing in Rotorua, New Zealand

Zorbing involves climbing inside a large plastic ball and rolling down a hill at a speed of up to fifty kilometres per hour with just a cushion of air protecting you from any lumps and bumps along the way.

  1. Swimming with sharks near Cape Town, South Africa

Lowering yourself into a cage and rubbing noses with Great Whites is most popular just off Gansbaai (about two hours from Cape Town) in a strip of shark infested water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.

  1. Paragliding in Mendoza, Argentina

The best thing about paragliding in Mendoza is the mountainous view as you soar through the air like a bird of prey.

  1. White water rafting in Alaska, USA

Alaska is home to some of the most pristine stretches of wilderness left on planet Earth and white water rafting there draws in thrill seekers from all over the world.

  1. Safari in Kenya, Africa

If you thought safari was just about spotting the ‘big five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) then think again; Kenya is the land of contrasts and home to a vast diversity of wildlife.

 

Jeremy Clarkson’s Birthday

Today is Jeremy Clarkson’s Birthday, he will be 58 this year. So we will tell you 6 interesting facts about the man….

  1. He was expelled from Repton School for “drinking, smoking and generally making a nuisance of himself.”
  2. Levi’s blame him for the downfall in the 1990’s
  3. He punched Piers Morgan at the British Press Awards in 2004
  4. In 1977 he passed his driving test, in a Bentley R Type…
  5. He loves the band Genesis, and they love him too
  6. There was a petition to make him Prime Minister that gained nearly 50,000 signatures