Shrinking Violet

Latest posts by Shrinking Violet


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 21:56

"I enjoy all aspects of gardening - domestic horticulture.  I have expanded my interest by reading extensively around the subject, and have ensured that I continue to take into account current problems and issues with the subject  - for example,  certain insecticides and general pest control, together with an increased understanding of impact on the wider ecosystems.

I also enjoy reading - both fiction as well as non-fiction, especially when related to my other hobbies. "

Well - it's a start!  But something like that gives a better perspective and understanding of the person than just listing two basic interests.  Hope that helps.

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 20:59

Thanks.  Sorry to give you yet another glitch to sort, though.

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 20:48

Another problem I have (though I don't know if it's just my laptop or if it's universal) - I can't press the "return" arrow on my toolbar to work now on this site.  I used to be able to move quickly back to a previous page/topic using this, but it won't work for me now.  Only a small point, but perhaps one that could also be looked at?

French beans

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:43

I agree.  I grow climbing French Beans (usually Cobra) but I have had erratic germination from saved seed.  So now I always buy new seed each year.  Saves on the frustration and is much more reliable.

Forum notifications - please take part!

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:40

I'm not receiving any, either.  I used to but since the re-design, I've had none. 

My personal preference would be for individual notifications, I think.  btw I have a Hotmail account.

And nothing has landed in my junk mail either!

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:35

I just love it when someone talks all techy!  "Industry-standard accessibility guidelines"!  No - I'm not having a bit of a "go" - I'm just expressing my amusement.  Like all sorts of jargon, it can read well, and I guess we all know what the intention behind it is.  Mind you, I've never heard of "beta testing" (sounds like some sort of thing the NHS sends out for screening )

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:18

Yes, on the whole, I think so, Daniel.  I don't like (but am unaffected by) the white background;  some people with sight difficulties appear to have found it particularly difficult.  I had hoped, on their behalf, if nothing else, that the background colour might have been addressed.

But - you can't do everything in one go, and perhaps this aspect might be moved a little higher up the agenda?  From what I can gather, pale green is a restful shade that it easier on the eyes.  But that's for you and the tech, team!

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 17:11

I take my hat off to you, Daniel.  After a frantic weekend, answering all the queries and being accountable for the site's problems, you are still interacting with the board and showing that the queries and problems are being addressed.


Your new-look forum

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 22:49

All this scrolling down is a bit of a pain (to say the least) but I do find the intermittent adverts a complete distraction.  Just when I think I've reached the bottom of the page, I find there are more posts after the ad.  I've tried to block adverts without success.  If they are to one side of the text it's annoying.  Interspersed with the posts is far, far worse imo.

Help! Does anyone know what these white bugs are?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 20:43

I agree - vine weevil grubs.  They are at the stage of turning from maggot-looking larvae into adult beetles.  It's the larvae that do the damage (as you have found out) by eating the roots of a plant, and often the first you know about it is when the plant keels over..

There are drenches that can be applied to the soil/compost which can help.  I have, in the past, spread compost out on a large tray and left it for the birds to feast on the grubs.

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