John Harding

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Posted: 04/05/2014 at 10:44
Permanent way is to silver solder a plate across the hole (One of the things I teach) not sure where you are but if you are close enough I could do it for you. (I'm in East Bristol) John H


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 10:00


If you are going to plant the pot up you will need to get someone to drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage. You could add some brass chains to it (in 3 or 4 positions to prevent it turning upside down in windy conditions) and make it a hanging basket. I say brass chains (or a weatherproof cord) as any other metal will cause corrosion at the point of contact. 

A couple of plants in the middle with some trailing ones around the perimeter hanging down over the rim could look nice: depends on what colours you prefer as to what they should be of course. John H


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 09:35
Another blackbird came and sat in his tree: don't know what it was that he said 'cos I don't speak blackbird, but I don't think I'd want it translated into English!


Posted: 04/05/2014 at 09:29
Been out to the GH this morning and set all the plants outside that need hardening off. Lowest temp in GH overnight was 7.6
Lovely sunny morning here in East Bristol. Just sat down for a coffee. Blackbird is back up on his perch at top of Holly tree welcoming the sunshine while mrs blackbird goes grub hunting for the kids.


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 18:21
Hi KEF, I love cooking as well as the garden. The meal for 50 is for our church; every first Sunday in the month we have a 'Bring and Share' lunch - everyone invited. Usually a few don't stay but about 60% do and I am one of 8 or so that Cook a major dish to be shared by all, others bring something but everything always seems to work out exactly right: no-one yet has ever gone hungry! I always prepare Gluten Free food as we have a few who are Coeliacs, including my daughter & 2 grand-daughters.
I invested In a Robinson Greenhouse last October 12 months and have never regretted the decision to buy it (about ??2,700). I had previously had cheap GH's and they were nowhere near as good as the Robinson. I'm approaching 70 now but age doesn't seem so noticeable when you're doing what you enjoy doing. John H


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 17:47

Been in the garden most of the day (except for preparing a meal for about 50 people tomorrow!) - Spanish Chicken with Chorizo.

Pricked out the rest of the Sweet Aperitif Tomatoes, Set the growbag onto the Hozelock capillary watering tray and planted out 3 'Cucino' Cucumbers, made sure everything is sufficiently watered, a lot of plants outside hardening off (now back in GH for the night) sorted some more decorative bark around the fruit bushes as a weed suppressant & mulch, and weeded the beans (chickweed springing up all over the place!).

Here are a few pics:



 The beans (above) are 'The Sutton' Broad Beans, + 'Moonlight' Runner Beans. Took a chance on possibility of frosts and hardened them off earlier than usual and planted them out last weekend. Though advised there might be a frost last night there wasn't (this part of Bristol seems to escape more than other parts) and everything seems to be doing very well.


 Lupins (above) are in their second season (sowed seed last year) and flower spikes are looking good).

 New Herb Bed, created last year and now beginning to get established. Flat Parsley went to seed a couple of weeks ago so removed & space ready for new additions.

Finally our Blackbird has been singing to us all afternoon from the Holly Tree at the bottom of our garden.

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 17:28

The Blackbird has been in the holly tree at the bottom of our garden all afternoon singing his heart out.



Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:17

We have a grand-daughter who loves to have a ramekin of sugar and eat a stick of Rhubarb dipping it in the sugar before each bite. I had planted a new 'Champagne Rhubarb' that I bought in North Wales in 2010. It had 2 healthy stems when I planted it but a few days later (After a visit from said GD) they had both disappeared!

It has taken until this year for the plant to fully recover but now it's romping away. Have planted another new 'Champagne Rhubarb' this year and noted fairly soon afterwards that the leaves were being eaten (like Shar2's comment above). A close inspection revealed tiny snails as the culprits - which are now ex-snails!


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 07:57

Lovely Sunny morning here in Bristol, barely a cloud in the sky: GH shows a lowest temp overnight of 6.1

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 21:00

I seem to have cornered the market on Westlands Growsure Vegetable growing compost this year. It was on offer at one of our local garden centres and so far I seem to have bought about 15 x 60 litre bags (not all for my own garden I would add). I've been very impressed with the composition of the compost and it's consistency. For my tomatoes in the GH I've bought extra large Levingtons grow bags, though I haven't planted anything in them yet - next week should see them planted up (hopefully). I usually buy J Arthur Bowers MPC but have gone with Westlands this year as it produced best results for me last year just eclipsing the JAB.

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