John Harding

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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!


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 04:18
At 2.15am? Good thing it's a Bank Holiday!
Sorry - can't sleep, other patients in ward are snoring for England!!! John H


Posted: 31/12/2013 at 19:32
Hi all, they allow me to use my iPhone in hospital so just a line to say all went very well. Had my knee op at 08.30 hrs this morning and Eileen brought my phone in after we checked it's OK. A happy and prosperous new year to everyone. John H


Posted: 27/12/2013 at 09:31

Thank you to everyone for the good wishes re my knee op. I have to go into Hospital at 07.00 hrs Tues 31st Verdun so it's a few days yet. John H

Sieving A Bed for Carrots

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 22:05

I grow my veg in raised beds that are about 18" off ground level so as carrot fly are normally much closer to the ground I seem to escape them. Last year's crop however was a disaster as Vine Weevil grubs just kept chewing the roots off shortly after germination. Scrapped them and grew Dwarf beans in their place which were very successful, Then tried some winter spinach and the Vine Weevil grub problem returned with a vengeance: however, following advice on this forum I bought Nemasys Vine Weevil treatment and, albeit mid November, using a soil warming cable with Nemasys nematodes, - problem cured!

Sieving A Bed for Carrots

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 21:55

Hi Verdun,  I thought about including the Fish Blood & Bone but realised you had already suggested that in an earlier post - I tend to use the same if the bed is a bit devoid of humus. FB&B is a slow release fertiliser which is just what carrots need - and yes, you are right in that using the crowbar method you do lose out on the delicious thinnings but I did learn the hard way many years ago - brought the thinnings into the house for OH to use in the kitchen and a couple of day later on coming home from work noticed all the carrots had gone from the bed! I hadn't fully explained that they were 'thinnings' and she had gathered the entire crop and we had eaten them! OH said they weren't worth growing as the shop bought ones were much bigger!!!!



Sieving A Bed for Carrots

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 16:30

A way I was shown many years ago saves doing the entire bed and is good for Carrots and Parsnips. Get a long steel rod or pipe about 19-25mm (3/4-1") dia and push it into the soil to a depth greater than you want the root to grow to. Then work it in a circle to create a conical hole and sieve the soil into the hole for the plant to grow in. Repeat for each position and sow about 3 seeds in the centre of each station and after germination thin out to leave the strongest / most vigorous seedling. Yes, it's laborious but you do make sure there are no stones where the plants will grow to cause them to deform and it does save all the work of digging the entire bed to a depth. Also leaving some stones in the bed helps drainage, particularly if you have a heavy clay soil. Carrots do like a sandy loam so if your soil is clay try adding some horticultural sand in with the mix, but avoid fresh manure as that will cause the roots to fork.

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