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Plant Breeding / Re: Apple Seed viability?
« on: Yesterday at 09:48:35 PM »
Ive always just taken the seeds out of the apple and sown straight away, being autumn the young seedlings hold there leaves through that first winter.
Fresh seed tends to pop through about 30 days

The way the climate is warming Ive already gone from a Hardiness Zone 8 to 9 in the last 20 years, wonder how long till I could class as 10

Tinkering / Re: Posting photos
« on: 2021-01-14, 12:15:59 PM »
I increased the maximum allowable photo size dramatically. The server will now accept file sizes of up to about 6 Mb and resize them for display on the forum. 
Thanks Joseph, the smallest setting on my camera was still too big to load, I'll have to test drive it now.

Blogs & Media / Re: Our weather 2021
« on: 2021-01-12, 11:57:48 AM »
This rather benign summer has certainly been great for potatoes, lots of bumblebees have insured the flowering and berry set is the best Ive seen for years

Blogs & Media / Re: Our weather 2021
« on: 2021-01-11, 11:24:40 AM »
Its the same in NZ too, just pleasant temperatures in the low 20's C. Not having to pump water for the garden is not the norm for this time of year.

Blogs & Media / Our weather 2021
« on: 2021-01-10, 11:46:11 PM »
 Today was a overcast summers day, high of 17C - 62F, sunny tomorrow though with a predicted high of 25C - 77F

Blogs & Media / Re: Our Weather -2020
« on: 2021-01-10, 11:42:56 PM »
Time for a new tread Adrian

Tinkering / Re: Posting photos
« on: 2021-01-10, 05:14:52 PM »
Found the answer, when i tried Firefox just a blank white screen, chrome said photos to large, so took new photos on the smallest setting on the camera, still said to big. So next I take photos with the phone and that worked, so buggered if I know.....

The latest batch of seedlings doing well, one though has taken it time to get going, shame the weather is cool which they dont like, at least the potatoes are loving it, never seen so many flowers before.

Tinkering / Re: Posting photos
« on: 2021-01-09, 10:13:19 PM »
I'm Firefox also.

Tinkering / Re: Posting photos
« on: 2021-01-09, 07:34:09 PM »
Richard, I've just been posting them directly from my computer.

Go to Attachments and other options just below the input box, and click on the + sign.

There's a box under attach that says browse...

So you browse... find your photo... and upload it. That's it!

Did all that, it says the file size so I know its attached but when I hit post, nothing happens, just a white screen

Tinkering / Posting photos
« on: 2021-01-09, 01:24:03 PM »
I was using a photo storage website till I found it linked to a Russian dating site,( I was wondering why i was getting emails from lovely young ladies). :D now I'm having no luck using the file attachment on here, is there a wee trick to it that I dont know??

Tinkering / Re: Gardening in 2021
« on: 2021-01-04, 10:52:35 AM »
2021 for me will be carrying on with Ipomoea batatas and hoping I can get seed, its great that I'm starting off the year with a batch of new varieties from NZ grown seed.

Getting TGS has become a major mission thanks to rust, but never give up is the key.

Tree onions - This is my third summer trying to get to the F3 stage, hand pollinating at the moment, so fingers crossed.

Beetroot - Did a cross last summer between Detroit Dark and Bull's Blood and this summer growing that seed with some seed grown in 2018-19 from a mystery beetroot grex given to me by another gardener, was pretty shitty seed, full of bolters and had some chard pollen mixed in as well, but hey some wild diversity in that seed.

This years current Zeta Mays is a simi-sweet and super sweet mix, this is my third generation.

Lastly stabilizing a C maxima cross which was a cross between Green Chestnut and Crown, One amazing plant has appeared this summer which has the largest leaves Ive ever seen on a pumpkin

Legumes / Re: Extraordionery tall fava beans
« on: 2020-12-31, 10:17:50 AM »
I'll ask her about wood ash, must be some reason why they grew like that.

Keeps getting better, up to seven seedlings now

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