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John Harding

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Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 14:06

Hi Fairygirl, No, I didn't get to see the programme on Bodnant sadly, I've been tied up with all sorts of things and even the garden has got a bit neglected untill this week. I retired from being a master locksmith and running my own company in Feb. 2011 and now I know what everyone means after retiring from work when they say "I don't know how I found the time to go to work!"

I sowed some winter spinach earlier this month and now they are about 2" high the dreaded Vine Weevil grubs are feasting on them Grrr! (see my post on 'What's eating my winter spinach')

Have managed to clear the new greenhouse yesterday and go over it with Jeyes Fluid solution, then have started cleaning the glass before re-assembling the staging that I removed to the shed after planting out the tomatoes.

Eileen has been busy cutting back the Montana Clematis (I'm not sure what the variety is but it has very small white flowers) that had spread all over the garden wall trellis-work - we were getting soaked when walking past it after rain as the path is narrow and it had spread all over it.

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 13:28

Hi James, here's one I took on 16.Oct. 2011 on my old Panasonic G1. Not as atmospheric as yours though. That's the one thing the G1 could do that my new TZ40 cannot - take a range of filters; but its got me thinking, maybe I could make a filter holder that would fit on the tripod mount under the camera and sit in front of the lens.


Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:57

Nice pic of St Michael's Mount from Marazion Causeway James, You say from an external hard drive - is it a pic you took yourself?  I love the way the sky is reflected in the surf. John H

What's eating my winter Spinach?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:52

Hi Fg,

No it's not slugs! - I have just discovered the culprit - Looking at the seedlings a few minutes ago I notice the one on the left of the pic in my 1st post had fallen over so I quickly got a small trowel and lifted all the soil around it into a 2 litre bucket - and there in the soil was the offending critter (below)!

 Yup!   -   Vine weevil grubs!


Now then, can someone advise the most effective way of getting rid of these pests without harming the crop?  Pleeeeeeeze!

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 10:36

A bit too ostentatious for me Bev,  the pic was taken on a Panasonic G1 camera in 2010 (for those interested in the techy stuff). I've now changed that for a small Panasonic TZ40 which I find does more than the G1 with the fancy lenses and big flashgun etc that was getting too lumpy to carry around. The TZ40 just goes in a pocket ready for immediate use & is brilliant. John H

What's eating my winter Spinach?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 10:23


No, they are being eaten (cropped) off at soil level as though something is eating the roots.

Camera Corner

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 10:21

Been away a few weeks and just found this thread. Love it, some really good pics displayed. Here is one of the house at Bodnant Garden 


What's eating my winter Spinach?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 10:04

I sowed a few winter spinach in October and they have germinated and the seedings are now about 2 inches high but every morning I find 2 or three of the seedlings lying flat on the seedbed just cropped off at soil level. The tops are not being eaten, just left lying as they fall. I've tried lifting and sifting the soil under the seedlings to a depth of around 3 inches but haven't found anything. The plants are in a cold-frame with hinged glazed lids. Does anyone know what might be causing this?  I've added a pic below taken a few minutes ago: the seedling on the right is one that has been cropped last night.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 20:28

 John H’s Courgette Bake Recipe:


1 Medium Courgette (about 400gms)

1 Medium Red Onion

150gms bacon lardons or 3 chopped rashers of bacon

1 Garlic clove crushed & chopped (or minced)

125mls Crème Fraiche

3 Eggs

250gms grated cheddar cheese

125mls milk

4 tablespoons ordinary olive oil

200gms self-raising flour

500gms* sliced tomato (approx. 5mm slices)

30gms Parmesan cheese (finely grated)

8-10 leaves of fresh Basil (sliced not chopped)

3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh Parsley

Desert spoon chopped Fresh Thyme leaves

4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3-4 slices of bread crumbed in a food processor

Sea Salt and ground black peppercorns

* or sufficient to cover the top of the mix – see 5 below - [I use beefsteak tomatoes]




1.    Chop Red Onion into approx. 10mm pieces and fry gently with the bacon until soft & bacon beginning to crisp. Leave to cool.

2.    Combine the grated courgette with the onion , bacon, flour, ordinary olive oil, beaten eggs, milk + salt & pepper to taste.

3.    Pour into a 10 x 8” greased tin.

4.    Mix the garlic into the Crème Fraiche and spread evenly over the mix.

5.    Place the slices of tomato over the mixture and sprinkle the sliced Basil over.

6.    Mix the chopped parsley and thyme with the bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese, plus a little sea salt & ground black peppercorns to taste, add the extra virgin olive oil and mix together, then sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the tomato & basil.

7.    Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160°C (fan oven) or 180°C ordinary oven for approx. 40 minutes until the top of the breadcrumb mix is golden brown (check after 30mins).

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 20:27

Evening all, Picked about 5lbs runner beans this afternoon and about 3lbs of blackberries (perimeter hedge in local park is loaded with blackberries & very few people seem interested in picking them [really big ones too]). Eileen has been making Blackberry and Apple in the microwave and 6lbs of Bramble Jelly from the berries we picked last week. She has also frozen around 10lbs of B/berries in our spare freezer in my workshop and this morning froze down about 6lbs of runner beans she picked this morning (Canes are 8ft high and she can't reach the top so gets me to collect the high ones as I'm 6ft.4"). Discovered 2 more rather large courgettes this afternoon under the bottom leaves (I sense another Courgette & Tomato bake coming on!).

Green Thumb came to treat the lawn t'other day and pointed out that we have 'red thread' in the lawn. That will need treating if it gets any worse but is only just detectable at present (a fungus that thrives in warm humid weather and causes parts of the lawn to turn brown).

In case anyone is interested my Courgette bake recipe follows in next post.

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