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John Harding

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Growing tomatoes

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 09:03
Growing the same crops in the same soil year on year is, I'm afraid, a recipe for disaster. Any soil born diseases from a previous crop will be passed on to the following crop and will multiply regardless of how much manure, fertiliser etc is used. It's for this reason I have concrete & slab floors in my 2 greenhouses and always grow in growbags. Crop rotation is very important in GH or outdoors to keep a healthy & productive plot. This means changing the growing medium in a GH as the same plants will be grown in the same space. Don't forget to clean the GH thoroughly inside either (I wash mine down every year with a dilution of Jeyes Fluid) as air-born diseases, fungal spores and some pests will overwinter in there and need treating.

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 00:10

It's a few years since I last sowed Alicante so decided to give them a try again this year: also T&M Sweet Aperitif; and for the first time ever Currant Tomato "Sweet Pea" and T&M Cristal F1. Sowed the seed today in a propagator in the GH - now I have to be patient!!!!

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:13

Hi 1Runnybeak1 I'm fairly sure I've posted these before but here goes - these were from last June (2014)

Above is the back garden from the house

 Above is a Dr Ruppel Clematis. This was its second season.

 The new herb bed

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 16:47
Nice pics KEF, particularly like the purple crocus: very crisp & sharp focus

Lawn sand or dressing

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:44

It really depends on the type of soil you have: My lawn is a fairly heavy clay underneath and last year we had red thread and the grass became very patchy. We were using 'Green Thumb' to look after the lawn but they were becoming a bit ineffective and didn't listen to requests to 'Not' treat the front lawn and offered no solution to the 'Red Thread' so I did my own research, sacked Green Thumb, went online to RHS and treated the lawn myself with a nitrogen rich fertilizer, forked the entire back lawn with a border fork, then scattered a few bags of horticultural sand over it & raked it in. Lawn is looking much better now, all nice & lush green and ready for its first mowing of this year. John H

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:25

Trying again on my laptop

For the technically minded: Panasonic TZ40  f3.3 at 1/125 sec set at ISO 100

Still came up with the 'Error' code but just as I was about to turn my laptop off up popped the pic - Heh-Ho! John H

Rhino Greenhouse

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 09:31
just re-read my post above and realise I put 'circular greenhouse' but should have written 'Octagonal' but I'm guessing everyone realised what I meant! JH

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 09:12
I tried to upload a pic this morning that I took on my Panasonic TZ40 at Lanhydrock Gardens but an error code just came up & I can't work out why. I'll try again in a while on my laptop. Trouble is that the constant stream of Windows updates sometimes stops something from working that has worked perfectly well for a long time! Aargh!!!!

Camera Corner

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 08:10

Ah! - I retired from being a master locksmith and sold my business in 2011, then discovered you don't retire: you just do something different! It isn't a "job" as I do it voluntarily but it does keep me busy. I only train locksmiths under the banner of the Master Locksmiths Association.

People who use 'Abrasive Wheels' in their job have to be trained and certificated in their use under PUWER Regulations (Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998).

Amazingly there are no regulations preventing the general public from going along to the likes of B&Q and buying an angle grinder, plugging it in and doing whatever they like with it in their own home or garage with impunity!

There! you've got me going on about something unrelated to gardening or photography - where's my camera!

Camera Corner

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:44

I haven't been on the forum for a while so have missed a lot of the fabulous pics you folks have been posting. I had a replacement knee on Dec. 31st 2013 and have recovered very well from that but I have been all over the country running courses teaching people how not to kill and/or injure themselves with angle grinders and grinding machines (there are on average about 6000 people a year who end up in A&E because of that type of injury believe it or not! - and those are the ones who survive!!!)

The garden had to take a bit of a rest last year, though I did manage to plant a few vegetables which were very successful - I hope to get the camera out again soon so watch this space!  I've also found my mum's old Olympus Trip 35 (she passed away in January aged 101 +) it's a film camera of course but after a new set of light seals and a fresh film it was amazing to see the results (though I can't transfer the excellent quality from the prints to this site of course).

Back soon (I hope) with some fresh pics!


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