John Harding

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Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 08:45

 Taken in Threave Gardens, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway June 2011

Panasonic G1

What's eating my winter Spinach?

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 09:12
I don't think the vine weevil grubs had time to make out a will! Too late now!

What's eating my winter Spinach?

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 08:44

I found a site still selling nematodes and decided to give it a try. Aware that the nematodes stop breeding at this time of year I didn't expect much but thought I'd give it a try. Bought a soil warming cable on ebay and carefully installed it, then used the Nemasys as directed on the packet. That was just over a week ago and there has been a rapid decrease in the no of plants damaged to almost nothing now so it does seem to have worked.

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 17:01

Just one I maybe should have put here last Monday


Camera Corner

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 08:46
Verdun wrote (see)

Amazing picture David.  Been looking at some cameras online around the £300 mark. Nikons and canons.  Basically, what should I be looking for and compare?

Hi Verdun,

Have a look at the Panasonic Range - most of their cameras now have Leica lenses and they are superb!

My current version is the TZ40 and is packed with features, is small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket, has a macro setting and an amazing telphoto facility for such a small camera. If you have a smart phone it will wirelessly transfer pics you take onto the phone just by placing the phone close to the camera, so that you can email them instantly to friends and family (though that function does not work with an Apple iPhone! - transfer to the iPhone that is!). Price for the TZ40 is around £230 in stores such as John Lewis but you may be able to get it cheaper from specialised Camera shops (if it does what you want it to).

Camera Corner

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 08:32
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

I've found a photo only external Hard drive so be warned more Photos coming from me.


It would be an even harder drive indoors

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 17:09

The Fuji cameras are very good, definition seems to be a bit better than others with similar spec. This is because Fuji developed a system where they can increase the apparent definition of the ccd (the chip that records the picture detail) by a factor of 2 making a 5mp camera something equivalent to a 10mp.

Having used Zeiss Contax RTS 2 for a few years with Zeiss Tessar and Planar lenses and conventional film I decided to change to digital and dismantled my darkroom where I processed all my own pictures, which on reflection was a bad move at the time as digital hadn't progressed suficiently by then!


My first ever digital camera was a Fuji 4900 and I was very pleased with it - except for one failing in those early days - when the shutter button was pressed the reaction was so slow you felt like going away and making a cup of tea while the camera decided when it was going to take the picture.

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 15:17

Nice pics Dove, very tranquil.


Posted: 12/11/2013 at 15:13

Nemasys nematodes arrived yesterday to deal with Vine Weevil grubs - bought from Amazon. Not easily available at this time of year because the breeding season (I'm told) is at its end - however, they arrived with a 'Use by Date' of 28 Nov 2013 so I've put soil warming cable in the relevant bed (Nematodes only effective at temps above 5°C apparently), then watered in the nematodes as per destructions on packet. I'm aware it may not work at this time of year but here's hoping!

Next job was to cut up some Apple Mint and set 9 pieces in some fresh compost in the GH on top of a warming box.  1st, a layer of 'Violet Farm' composted Horse Manure then a layer of John Innes No 2, lay out the mint pieces on top and cover with another layer of John Innes No 2. - I'll post some pics as they grow.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 14:25

A woman finds Aladdin's magic lamp. She starts rubbing it and a Genie comes out, as usual. The woman looks at the Genie and asks him to grant her the following wishes: -
- I want my husband to have eyes only for me
- I want to be the only one in his life
- I want him to sleep always by my side
- I want that when he gets up in the morning I'm the first thing he grabs, and takes me everywhere he goes.
The Genie turned her into an iPhone!

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