John Harding

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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!


Rhino Greenhouse

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:10

I have a 6 ft circular Robinson Greenhouse and it is very good - best I've ever had: but having seen the Rhino Greenhouses at Gardeners World Live last Summer I would say they are of equal quality. I had to go for the circular one because of space and it cost £2,700 so was expensive (I don't know if Rhino do a circular one anyway) but I think size for size Rhino is better vfm.

current tomatoes

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 13:30
Right, I think I'll give 'em a go on some hanging baskets & hang 'em on the trellis by the patio. I got some seeds from eBay (100 seeds for 99p + 44p post & packing). I noted that a lot of suppliers quote about 99p with free p&p but when you get to the check out they tell you p&p is only free if you are spending upwards of 50 GBP (some 70+ GBP!). it may be just my iPhone but when I type the pounds symbol it puts up question marks!!! - charges in some cases were 7.99 p&p to post a small packet of seeds. I just click on remove from basket when I see those sort of exorbitant charges!.
I bought mine from Premier Seeds Direct in Wilton , Wilts email:

Their service was exemplary, the seeds arriving within 48 hours of placing the order. Their web address is for anyone who is interested.

current tomatoes

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:45
I think I'll give them a try: goodness knows where I'll put them though, I've already got mor seeds/ potential plants than I've got space to put them unless I pinch some of Eileen's flower garden & I could do with staying alive a little longer!!!

current tomatoes

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 08:15

I tried a new variety last year (1st saw them in the Telegraph) they are called 'Sweet Aperitif.' Bought the seed from Thompson & Morgan and they did very well & were (as the ad said) very sweet and delicious. Slightly bigger than a currant they grow to about the size of a medium cherry.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:58

I tried deep root-trainers last year fidget for my parsnips but opening them did disturb the roots more than I wanted so I've gone for the loo roll tubes and kitchen roll tubes (cut down) this year.


Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:50

Hi Chicky, the box only took a few minutes to make: I had a spare hardwood flooring board going spare so cut the long boards to 490 mm (49 cms) and the short sides to 230 mm long then drilled 3 mm holes thought the long boards and used 40 mm x 6 gauge twin-fast wood screws to screw the sides together. Then stood the frame on a piece of melamine chipboard, used a pencil to mark the inside of the frame and carefully cut a base and screwed that into place in the same way (you can see the screw fixings in the pics). A box does at least keep everything stable and when I want to plant out the tubes all I need to do is remove one of the sides and pop them in the raised bed without disturbing the root ball.

Heavy clay soils

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:37

Some years ago a friend who had a farm in the fen country told me to lighten & improve clay soil use horse manure with plenty of straw. To improve light sandy soil use com manure. Also my brother in law had a back garden that was a blue marl clay and virtually unworkable when he moved in. Through sheer hard work, digging, re-digging and adding coarse sand and sewage sludge he managed to turn the clay into a very acceptable soil that produced good crops of vegetables.

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