John Harding

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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'



New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 21:14

I'm trying cucumbers for the 1st time this year. Variety is 'Cucino' from Dobies of Paignton - a small type that is said to grow in profusion (time will tell).   Also Sweet Aperitif tomato (see the entry on the 'how late can you sow tomatoes' thread).   Another  vegetable I'm trying for the 1st time this year is a curly kale called Borecole - 'Darkibor F1' ; again from Dobies of Paignton.   All my brassicas are now in a tented 6mm sq. net enclosure as the dreaded Cabbage Whites decimated them last year.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:38
I'm in Hereford at the moment but when I get back to Bristol I'll take some pics and post them here - sometime in the next couple of days.

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