John Harding

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Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 19:32

Correction to my earlier post today - The pen I use is a Fine point Staedtler permanent Lumocolor not a Stabilo. It might say "Permanent" on the pen but not against Cellulose thinners. Main benefit to me of the pen is that the ink does not fade in bright sunlight.

Laying new lawn covered in dandelions

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 12:28

I recently had a similar problem (without the dandelions). Lawn was uneven and during last summer patches of brown appeared. During  April the entire lawn was rotovated to remove the old grass which was then composted, ground was re-levelled and good quality turf put down. Bought a new sprinkler and kept it watered every day (1 hour per session 'we have a water meter!!!') and didn't walk on it until it needed cutting ('twas 3 weeks). Lawn now looks excellent.

We have used a company to come 4 times a year to spread fertiliser on the lawn (no names mentioned) but to be honest I have found them to be a complete waste of time and money so have given them the flick (as they say).

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 09:39

I use a Stabilo fine black marker pen - then after plants are planted out I simply dip the label in a drop of cellulose thinners for 1 second and wipe it - clean as a whistle (as they say). Very quick, very easy ... but then again I do have a tin of cellulose thinners in my workshop - a 500ml tin can be purchased from a car accessory shop. Have to say though - a fresh set of labels would be cheaper if that's all you are going to use it for.

Last edited: 17 June 2017 09:40:38

Tomatoes with a mind of their own

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 12:10

When growing tomato plants, every year the same thing happens: when the flowers appear on cordon types why is it that the spur always grows from the main stem directly towards the cane I am going to tie the vine back to, so that I am in danger of  damaging the flowering spur as I tie the vine in?

Anyone else notice this or is it just me?

New Greenhouse

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 23:14

You don't say where in the country you are based: different areas have differing types of soil. If the plot has grown raspberries before you should be OK with tomatoes & peppers in the same greenhouse as they are both of the solanum family. Cucumbers in the same greenhouse as Toms is not recommended by many gardeners (though I have to say I have grown cucumbers in my g/house alongside toms for past 2 years with reasonable results). Growing in the soil should be OK for the first year but be aware that after that grow-bags/pots etc will be needed as the soil can accumulate pests & diseases if the same type of plants are grown in the soil year on year but it would be OK if you replace all the GH soil each year and properly clean & disinfect the GH with Jeyes Fluid (or similar) every year whichever style of growing you adopt.

Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 22:11

Last 2 years I have grown a new very sweet variety with good success 'Sweet Aperitif' by Thompson & Morgan. Last year I added the T&M variety 'Crystal F1' and they were excellent so I am growing both varieties again this year plus a new T&M variety 'Mountain Magic F1' that I am also going to try out this year as the write up about them looks very promising. All will be grown in the greenhouse and a few Mountain Magic outdoors in the garden as a trial. John Harding (Mangotsfield, Bristol)

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 12:57

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 12:00
Nice cropping David but how did you manage to sharpen up the image from the original?

Camera Corner

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 19:17

Hi Fidget, I've tried following your instructions but nothing happens. I think I need to go and do a 1 to 1 session at the Apple store.

Camera Corner

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 12:54
Hi FG,
I'll put a few more pics on soon, I'm mostly using a MacBook Pro these days and as yet have not discovered how to use the pix I have on that to transfer to the forum page so have to boot up the old PC to do them. If anyone knows how to access the photos on a Mac and transfer them to this forum please let me know. John H

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