John Harding


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uploading images

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 19:29

I use photoshop and click on the 'images' tab and scroll down to image size, then make the long side of the picture 2048. The short side will then be calculated automatically and you can then save as a separate file if you want to keep the original photo. As long as the photo doesn't exceed 3 mb they upload and can be enlarged by everyone by just left clicking on the picture when it appears on the forum page. In photoshop, when you click 'save' a dialog box pops up asking what size you want with the picture's megapixel size underneath and you can easily adjust the final pic size before saving.

Of course, you do have to have a version of photoshop to do it that way. There is a photoshop programme you can buy called photoshop elements which will work perfectly well with most PCs that is by no means as expensive as the full CS (Creative Suite) software.

uploading images

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:11
Couldn't have said it better myself.

parsnips seedlings

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 09:54

If you don't want to spend out on Root Trainers (they can be quite expensive) collect all the centre tubes of kitchen rolls and toilet rolls, cut them all to the same height and fit them into a framework of some kind to hold them together. Fill them with compost and sow the seeds in them. When they have germinated and grown on to a decent size you can then plant them in their final positions after hardening off, in their tubes, which will rot down in the soil and there will be no damage to the root system or check on the plant's growth.

parsnips seedlings

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:55

I use a Haxnicks deep root trainer and sow about 4 seeds per station in the greenhouse then thin the weakest out after germination leaving one per station. When the plant roots begin to protrude through the bottom of the trainer I harden them off for about a week & then carefully dib a hole and plant them out in their final positions. Parsnips (as per any root veg) do not like to be transplanted but with the root trainer system it allows for minimal root/soil ball disturbance and the plants grow on without any check.

Beware of gastropods (snails & slugs) though as they will decimate a tray of seedlings overnight if they are not protected.

Too early for beans?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:37

I put my runner beans in about 4 weeks ago. It's been quite mild here in Bristol with no frosts for many weeks. Pic below: they are climbing well.

Variety is Moonlight - a white flowered bean that the sparrows leave alone, are prolific, self fertile and incredibly tasty.


 I read somewhere that it is best to tie the canes low down so that the beans are easier to pick and they get more light & grow better so I am trying that this year.

dwarf french beans in containers

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:29

Yer 'tis


  PS,  I seem to recall they were about £4.99 each and I then filled it with Westlands Veg Growing compost.

 

dwarf french beans in containers

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 16:12

Hi Vivienne,

Our local Garden Centre does a planter that is ideal for dwarf beans. I bought one last year for my daughter and was so impressed I bought myself one this year. It is a flexible poly planter that has tubes sown into it for canes (daughter grows runner beans in hers). Planter takes about 50 litres of compost to fill it and I have put 8 plants in mine. 

I'll pop down the garden in a few minutes and take a pic of it and post here so watch this space. John H

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:53

Hi PG,

You will need to reduce the file size when you post pics. Can see your pic but if you click on it to enlarge the screen just whites out. if you can reduce the pixels to 2048 or thereabouts on the long side they should upload easier and be viewable on mouse click.

Advice needed

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:44

Just Joey rose in my garden after a heavy shower


 Yellow Rose (unknown variety rescued from late father in law's garden after he went into a nursing home) was very sickly but has now recovered well.


 Lupins now more fully out than a week ago


 Dr Ruppel Clematis


 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:38

Just Joey (After a heavy shower!)


 Unknown variety, rescued from late Dad in Law's garden when he went into a nursing home.


 Lupins in our garden now more fully out in flower


 Dr Ruppel Clematis


 

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