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by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

I think they are used for making the wooden bits on guns (very technical) and need to be at least 80 years old and fetch a very good price for furniture making etc too. Definitely not for firewood.
by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

You don't have to wait so long for the nuts Primrose, my 8 year wallnut tree had 7lbs of nuts this year. I think the next generation wait is if you're going to chop it down for its wood.
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Why has this happened.
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Why has this happened.

Perhaps it is because it is younger wood and is taking longer to produce the chemical changes that cause leaf drop. One of my red acers has done something similar with a new shoot but it is on a much larger tree.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A very personal message
Replies: 24
Views: 351

Re: A very personal message

A brave decision Pa but you may as well feel as well as you can for as long as you can. I thought you had been rather quiet recently and missed your gardening updates. I've put off having chemotherapy until I get back from Thailand next year so just hope nothing serious goes wrong in the meantime. I...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Dealing with windfalls - apples
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Dealing with windfalls - apples

I've recently read an article in the newspaper that all windfalls should be cleared up and disposed of to avoid spreading disease etc. What a waste. I put the mummified shrivelled ones in the bin. The badly bruised ones go in the compost. Undamaged ones go into cider and I put the rest in piles unde...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Lemon Tree
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Lemon Tree

I manage to keep citrus going for a few seasons and then they succumb to scale insects or some other problem. The one I still have is a grapefruit that I grew from a pip. I've mentioned before I think that it has only once had a flower when it was about 4inches high and produced a golf ball sized fr...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

I've had to put a dish of water in my greenhouse as my cat climbs in through the automatic vent and can't get out again. He's ok in summer when I leave the door open but on sunny cold days he's trapped. It doesn't seem to worry him but I have to warn pet sitters to check if he's in there when I'm aw...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Garlic Preferences
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Garlic Preferences

I plant mine, hard neck saved and replanted for the past 15 or so years, in December or January in 5 inch pots and keep them in the cold frame until it's fit to put them out in the garden. I bought the originals from Marshalls but can't remember their name. They are still a good size and have a purp...
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

We went to Harlow Carr gardens for the Northern Fruit Society's Apple identification event unfortunately all three car parks were full because they were having Halloween events for children all day as well. Anyway we went back into Harrogate for a couple of hours and had lunch and a wander round the...
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: what is wrong with pots?
Replies: 11
Views: 183

Re: what is wrong with pots?

If you bring them in they may grow some more leaves, but they'll struggle to grow larger tubers if they've no leaves and the light is restricted by day length and being covered with fleece. Good luck.
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Top job for tomorrow is bringing the dahlia tubers in, the -2° blackened them over night. Our little hedgehog is still coming for its cat food and peanuts every night. It was eating for over half an hour tonight. It is very small so will have a struggle getting through winter if we have another bad ...
by PLUMPUDDING
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: 2019 - New year, New veg.
Replies: 18
Views: 389

Re: 2019 - New year, New veg.

They sound lovely Robo, I'll look out for them next year. I'm concentrating on growing fewer vegetables so will just grow my favourites and will have more space for flowers.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Preserving
Replies: 17
Views: 266

Re: Preserving

Robo's comment about drying tobacco leaves reminded me of when my bedroom was in the attic. Dad grew tobacco plants and converted my wardrobe into a drying cabinet for the summer as it got so hot up there. I've always liked the smell, like aromatic autumn leaves. He and my grandad made their own pip...
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 228
Views: 6196

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

I've only got half a tree of Newton Wonder to pick but there are still rather a lot. They keep well too fortunately. At least it's biennial bearing so should have a rest next year. The cellar smells lovely with the scent of ripe fruit. I might make another batch of cider to use a few up. I've done s...
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: 2019 - New year, New veg.
Replies: 18
Views: 389

Re: 2019 - New year, New veg.

It tastes a bit watery with not much flavour but ok if you're doing a spag.bol. type sauce with it and plenty of parmesan.
It's a while ago so they might have ones with more flavour now.

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