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John Harding

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Camera Corner

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 12:40

I thought it was about time I took a few more pics so have just been out in the garden before I shoot off to Warwick for a concert this evening. Taken in a bit of a hurry but I hope you enjoy them.

A couple of weeks ago I bought 4 new small-ish fruit trees. A Quince that I have planted in front of the pergola; a Conference Pear, a Peach and an Apricot against the fence (left to right). The Pear has just come into blossom so have added that on its own. Then the Cherry which is just beginning to come into blossom and below that is an Erysimum - (if they all upload OK of course)

 John H

PS, the fence faces due south so they will get plenty of sun (if we get a summer!)

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:06

I too have a pH meter; cost about £12 in a farm shop in Pickering N/Yorks a few years ago while on holiday: tests pH and moisture content & very useful.

Tomato Feed - Yes or No

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 20:56

Newboy2: now I'm jealous. I pricked out my toms today and they are only about an inch high and in small root trainers. 9" pots in late March seems well advanced but remember toms do not like to get cold. I'm in Mangotsfield, North East Bristol and it's too cold to contemplate putting tender plants out just yet and yes, it's raining here too!!!

Tomato Feed - Yes or No

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:14

Yup, doff is fine for toms but as has already been said, don't feed them at all until the first truss has set fruit or all you are likely to get is masses of foliage and very little tomatoes.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:04

FB is right, I wouldn't use glyphosate or any other weed killer at this time of year if I wanted to get on with some planting this season. Potatoes are a good crop to begin with as they will clear the ground and you will get some results. You can then plan what to grow afterwards. 

Start as FB says and dig the ground over removing as many roots of grass and weeds as you can. Pay close attention to dandelion roots if you have them and try to remove the whole root as any piece left in the ground will throw up a fresh plant. Incorporate some organic matter into the soil if you do grow potatoes as this will help prevent scab. Organic matter can be as simple as grass mowings (providing you haven't treated the grass recently with weed killers), or some composted manure - but be careful about using stable manure if you have horse stables nearby because horses eat weeds as well as grass and the seeds get a perfect supply of fertiliser when they come out of the other end of the horse!!!

You could then sow some cabbage seeds to have some spring cabbages ready to put in after the potatoes are harvested (or buy some plants later on in the season from a garden centre). Runner beans are also a great favourite with me and I sow a variety called Moonlight which are self fertile and extremely prolific. Runner beans though will need some compost that holds plenty of water under them - dig a trench and backfill with the compost then put about 4"-6" of soil over the top and sow the seeds in late May / early June amount 2" deep, then place some canes beside each seed station for the plants to climb up - you'll probably see other allotment holders growing runner beans and can copy what they do. Hope this helps. John H


Camera Corner

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:38

Hi David, have you tried rebooting your PC? That could sort the problem out. Or it could be your hard drive is getting close to maximum capacity. To see how full it is click on the windows explorer icon (bottom left of screen) then right click on the 'C' drive and choose properties. You should then see a pie chart indicating how much space you have left. I make a lot of DVDs and although I have a terabyte hard drive when it gets down to about 200gb I get a similar problem and have to delete unwanted files or transfer to another external hard drive. I usually then also run the disc clean-up program and get rid of a lot of temp. Internet files that slow the PC down. Hope this helps. Been away from my PC for a couple of months since my knee op but must get back to it now - especially as spring is coming. The greenhouse is looking good already. John H 


Posted: 05/01/2014 at 11:41

Good morning all. Well,the physio said I could go home on Friday but the doctor overruled him so I had to stay another day and returned home yesterday afternoon.

Very sad occasion in early hours of Sat morning: a young lad who had similar op (he was only 21) and had contracted a serious infection & was in the same 6 bed ward as me died at 3.00 am. Inevitably it dampened all our spirits but we feel so sad for his family and particularly his mum who was there visiting him during the previous evening. My troubles are totally insignificant to that his mum & family are feeling at this desperately sad time. John H 


Posted: 03/01/2014 at 11:05
Great news for me - at least, hospital says I can go home today


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 10:41
Hi Pottie, if the roses are going where roses have been before you will need M.Fungus. If not I would recommend john Inness no 3 with some fish blood and bone. However MF will not do ant harm - it's just rather expensive. John H


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 05:34
Thanks Pottie, Had op yesterday and all seems well. Ward sister saw I was awake at 4.45 this morning so she got me out of bed and standing with a Zimmer frame. I am amazed I could stand already without pain. Got 2 work on getting a 90 decree bend before they'll let me go home!

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