John Harding

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Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:53
Check how thick the branches are that bear the fruit, as the growing fruit will increase in weight and on a young tree can easily cause the branch to snap especially if it gets windy!
I recently planted an apricot and there are so many fruits on one branch that even at marble size a branch snapped before I got around to thinning them.

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:32
CS5 was the full professional version when I bought it - now superseded by later versions. I originally had Photoshop 7 but when I upgraded my PC to Windows 7 that was no longer compatible and couldn't be upgraded. Elements does a great deal of what the full version does and is suitable for most things though I did find that the digital photo magazine tutorials worked on the full version at the time so I spent the extra cash. As it happens Elements would have been adequate for me anyway! Hey ho!

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 08:31

Adobe do a relatively inexpensive version of Photoshop called Photoshop Elements (My CS5 cost £640). You should be able to find it on Ebay but do be aware of Chinese copies as some of them can contain hidden spyware. The first CS5 I bought was from a UK company (it said) but was shipped from China. My Kaspersky Internet Security immediately warned of hidden scripts so I checked with Adobe and discovered it was a pirate copy. I then bought direct from Adobe and Paypal refunded the monies I had paid to the seller.

Adobe do have an offer on 'Elements' at present with 30% off see  This offer ends on Sunday 4th May. Oh, that goes to a different site, try this!3085!3!39120503455!b!!g!!adobe%2520photo%2520shop%2520elements%252011&ef_id=U2H3nwAABUjczTug:20140501073518

(you will need to copy & paste the above [including the smilie]  into your web browser bar as I note it doesn't auto-load on a click). JH

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 12:19

Hi BL,

What programme do you use to open your pics? If you use Photoshop go to the image tab and click on image size. Then enter the size you want the pic to be - for me I use 2048 along the long length of the pic, the short length will automatically adjust when you click enter. I then go to the file tab and do 'save as' and give the pic a name that is different to the original pic: this keeps the original pic as you took it for a time when you might want to use it for something else. You can then upload the saved pic to the forum as normal at a size the forum can cope with.

Hope this helps. John H

cordon soft fruits.

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:03
Hi BL,
Yes, all going well and now able to do a lot of walking as well as doing the gardening.JH

Truly evil weevil

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:13
Re-reading my earlier post it reads as though the tops were eaten: in fact it was the roots that were eaten, the tops were left to just flop over & die! JH

Truly evil weevil

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 12:44
I had a similar experience last year save that the tops of carrots, then Spinach seedlings were being cropped off at soil level and the tops just flopping over onto the soil surface. Culprits turned out to be vine weevil grubs (sickle shaped white grubs about 3/4" long with an orange head).
One treatment with Nemasys vine weevil nematodes solved the problem. Bought on Amazon for just under ??10.

cordon soft fruits.

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 10:37
Me too,
I've had red & black currants for 20 yrs + but never heard of cordon for them. I I can't see how that would work as the bushes don't have a main central stem to train from so that would mean excessive pruning which in turn would mean a loss of fruit: unless someone knows differently!
BTW. Welcome back BL - I didn't know you'd been away as I've only just come back to the forum since my knee op - well that's my excuse!

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:42

Just buy a pen/pencil eraser from a stationery store-the type that has red & blue ends. The red is for ordinary pencil, blue is a coarser texture for ink.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:35

Hi Bf206,

Have been out in the GH & taken a few pics this lunchtime - see below:

1. Sweet Aperitif seedlings (tallest is now 40mm)

2. Red Alert tom.

3. Country Taste tom.

4. General view of L/H side of GH

 5. General view of R/H side of GH

 Strawberry troughs on shelves on pergola

 NB. Climbing rose L/H side of Pergola is 'The Pilgrim'

        The Clematis on R/H side is 'Elsa Spath'



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