John Harding

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Camera Corner

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 22:49

Back home now, 22.40 hours 19th Nov 2015 - here are a few more pics of Stavanger Tropical Island.




Last one this evening = sunset over the North Sea



Camera Corner

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 19:15

Evening all, I haven't been on the forum for a while so thought I'd share a couple of photos. We went on the new cruise ship Britannia in September to Norway. There is a wonderful Tropical Island Garden we visited near Stavanger. Here are a few pics of it:

There are more I will put on later but it's now 7.15 & I have to go out to a meeting I daren't be late for

Glass house

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 21:42

Hi Dav59,

I use electric tubular heaters in my Robinson greenhouse. Mine is a 2 foot version and the greenhouse is only a small 6ft octagonal one. I only use the heater for keeping the frost off plants during the winter. It can be expensive to run electric heaters for long periods so I have a simple timer that plugs in to a 13amp socket in my shed nearby and set it so that the heater switches on and off for set periods during the nights and off during the daytime when temperatures are usually higher.

During spring when I'm sowing seeds in seed trays I have modified some metal biscuit  and chocolate sweets tins by fitting a brass & ceramic bulb holder properly earthed and fitted with a 25watt bulb to each. I can keep seed trays on these which keeps the seedlings just warm enough to thrive. With these I have found there is a need to just crease one side of the tin body in below the lid to allow heat to escape or the filaments of the lamps tend to burn out. The lids need to stay on as seedlings are sensitive to light - particularly tomatoes.


Posted: 05/08/2015 at 16:49
Make sure the 'little black beetle' isn't ladybird lavae which are black and very beetle like in appearance. L/bird lavae are very beneficial as they feed voraciously on aphids - particularly on black fly which have amassed to plague like proportions here in Bristol this year.


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 08:06

Some fruits will not harm a dog - and so far as strawberries go badgers love them and will destroy an entire crop at one go! but while we are discussing fruits and man's best friend - never ever allow a dog to eat grapes as I recall a vet saying that they are absolutely lethal to dogs.

Gardeners' World Live 2015

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:42

Went yesterday (Friday 12th) and enjoyed the day. Joe Swift's talk was amusing and informative - good balance: spent a few minutes talking to Matthew Biggs and learned the answers to non chemical treating of some gardening pests. All in all a good show but I spent more time than I'm ought to have done in the Good Food Show and spent more than OH was happy with!!!

The RHS Floral marquee was magnificent as usual with one particular stand I liked that was all grasses. would have taken some pics but despite putting my camera on charge overnight went to take 1st pic and a message popped up saying 'no battery power left!' - helps to ensure the mains switch is 'ON' when charging the battery!!!

Some interesting gardens outside the RHS marquee too.

Can't upload profile picture

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 16:34

There seems to have been a problem uploading photos for some time now. Try and upload a photo and an error message pops up. If it does just ignore it and wait and the pic will still appear, then click save and it will go into your posting automatically. One thing to remember though, if you file size is very large you may find other people will not be able to see it. I usually set mine to approx 2048 x 1536 pixels and they load fine with good fine detail

How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:35

I grew my lupins from seed a few years ago and we've had a variety of colours but they do tend to revert over time to pink (as you can see from the pic below) They haven't all gone pink but the majority have! Time to re-sow fresh seed methinks.


Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:23

Ah! the natural solution - doesn't always work though - we have a lot of urban foxes here in Bristol and frequently see them at night. Cat population doesn't seem to diminish though! (unless their owners move away!!!)

Parsnips problem

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 23:02

Outdoors in prepared bed late Feb or March depending on where you are in the country (if memory serves me right that's Coventry?) Parsnips do not like very warm conditions so it's probably too late to sow now to get good results. Neither do they like freshly manured ground as that will cause the roots to fork. Ref the toilet roll centres Logan, I use them to start the seeds off in the GH and plant them out before they reach the bottom of the tube: they will then continue to grow unchecked in their final positions which can be prepared using sifted soil etc to fill tapered holes.

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