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Camera Corner

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 12:35

I find things work best if you keep the actual file size under 1MB.  The two ways of doing that are to use a different jpeg compression level (better photo editors let you control when you save the images) and/or resize the images but doing that reduces the degree we can zoom-in to a posted photo.  For a free solution which works great in Windows, try Irfanview: http://www.irfanview.com/

When you use Save As, there is a simple slider to change the jpeg compression level (labelled "Save quality.")

This is a 3072x2304 image saved at level 70 which produces a file size of 987KB:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86279.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 As you can see, it's possible to zoom right in to the flowers.

Favourite native mammal?

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:28

Hedgehogs as they are the only one which are a real benefit to my garden and cause no damage.  No noticeable damage from aquatic mammals though, I must admit!

Honey fungus

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:18

I also live with HF and agree with much of the above although I would recommend the removal of the stump if you can as armillaria cannot survive without a 'home base' of rotting wood or an infected woody host plant.  Regular cultivation of the soil in affected areas will break-up the rhizomorphs which spread the disease and broken pieces of rhizomorph will die and not form new growths.  There is a more comprehensive list of susceptible and resistant species than the RHS lists, in this document from the Guernsey government site:

http://www.gov.gg/article/5153/Plant-Pests-and-Diseases

direct link to the pdf:

http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4797&p=0

HF is not nice to have but you CAN help reduce it's impact and live with it.

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 20:39

Thorn apple (Datura stramonium):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura_stramonium

 

 

Plant ID please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:54

Yes, it's aconitum and yes it is poisonous but so are most plants grown in gardens so that is no reason not to grow such a beautiful plant.

Creeping buttercup - opinions please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 09:44

Bear in mind that the seeds stay viable for decades so if you ever decide to use that border for something else you will be plagued by it forever.  I am still removing seedlings after about 30 years and I always dig up new seedlings before they flower.

Not a fan!

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:33

Yep, you can plant potted bushes at any time.  Keep them well watered as blueberries should never be allowed to dry out and it can take some time for the roots to grow into the surrounding soil after being in a pot.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:22

Fingers crossed on the pH testing results.   If it is only slightly acidic you can add a lot of ericaceous compost to lower the pH but soil will always revert to it's natural pH over time so you will have to mulch with more ericaeous compost each year.  If your soil is alkaline then that method won't work well and you would be best to use containers.  The bushes need a lot of nitrogen at the beginning of their life to promote strong new growth and then you can use a liquid ericaceous plant food later to help produce good crops.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:03

I grow all of mine in large containers in a mix which includes ericaceous compost gryphon as they require acid soil and mine is neutral.  If you do have acid soil (pH 4.5 is ideal) then they need good drainage and a lot of organic material.  What kind of soil do you have?

Sharp sand

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:04
hogweed wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Sharp sand is just sharp sand, no salt. That's not the same as builder's sand which is soft sand (rounded grains) you can feel the difference between the two.

 

Perhaps I wasn't clear. I know the difference between sharp sand and soft sand but what is the difference between builders sharp sand and horticultural sharp sand? I thought it was the salt content.

I used to think that Hogweed but have never found any salty sharp sand (yes, I have tasted it!) and have been using sharp sand from builder's merchants for decades.  I suspect that salt would also affect the ability for concrete to set which is why it doesn't have any.  Might be a myth?

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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