Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:18

Planted all of the bare-root strawberries and harvested (almost) the last of the tomatoes:

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:10

Re-writeable DVDs do need to be formatted (it might be called 'erase disc' in a menu somewhere) if they've been used before.  This has to be done even on computers.

Why can't I buy leaf mold from garden centers?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 23:36
Tootsietim wrote (see)

A woodland garden in Norfolk used to sell small quantities of leaf mould.

I have often wondered what the councils do with the vast quantities of leaves that they collect each autumn. Many councils now compost household green waste so why not the leaves?

Around here, they do exactly what they should and make leaf mould which they use when planting up public planting areas.  I must admit to jealously eyeing-up their truck full of the stuff whenever I see them at work!  

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 22:08

Excellent, Steve.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:01

Planted about 40 cloves of garlic today and prepared containers for about the same number of strawberries which are going in tomorrow.  Dead-headed dahlias again - looks like they'll still be going at C*******s if this weather continues!  Picked a bucketful of Cox's Orange Pippin which are stunningly crisp, juicy & delicious this year.

confessions of a gardening sloven

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:49

Me too nut.  I've also left the tomato plants in the greenhouse until they completely rotted for the last two or three years, failed to clean it and still have disease free tomatoes in there right now, some of which are still flowering! 

Goji Berries

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:57

Dipadee, they take a minimum of 2 years to fruit.  Mine are planted in the ground after spending the first year in pots and are now 3yo and only produced their first flowers this year, but rather late in the season so no fruit has set.  They do tend to grow long whippy shoots and you can cut those back by half in the summer according to the RHS - more here:

All I'll say is they get one more year in my garden and if they don't pull their socks up they will be consigned to the compost heap!


Help needed!

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:41

Exactly Jo, that's why this need fixing at the GW end.

Parsnips in France

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:39

I'm glad I'm not a farmer - this sort of thing makes me fume!:


Help needed!

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 18:54

It's definitely file size - anything under 1MB will work, no matter what dimensions it has.  If your photo editing program allows you to change the jpeg compression, do that rather than resize.  As a rough guide, I have no problems posting 3000x2000 pixel photos with a jpeg compression factor of 70 (where 100 is least compressed.)  Some editors use a factor of 1 (least compressed) to 12 (most compressed) just to confuse things, so you'll need to experiment to find what factor works on your photos and keeps file size under 1MB.

Hopefully, the new site will take care of all of this sort of thing for us.

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