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Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 13:01

GWRS love the name; it sounds like a railway company

I have made Quince in the past, but no fruit this year, Gooseberry for the first time, Pear always seems to work well, Damson can be hard to clear; the covers are to stop the sun bleaching the wine which apparently affects the flavour

I didn't think it was possible

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:18

Pauline, may I suggest that you get some knee pads, not the carpet fitter's kind which are rather hard, I have some made by JCB from B&Q so that if you kneel you don't damage your knees.

Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:14

Shall I make one for you Nut?

Nut, the gooseberry wine that you recommended that I bottle, is not very clear yet. Thought I would leave another month, rack again and hope it clears a little more?

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:09

Lindsay, thank you for all the info; it has made me think......of where I could fit a little pond in dappled shade

compost advice

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:04

joberg, hello.

These are my 3 compost bins

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58904.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 I put garden waste and raw veg and fruit waste, also newspaper scrunched up and cardboard roughly torn into them.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58905.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 This is what I have put in recently

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58906.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 This compost needs another 3 months to mature

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58907.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 I finished filling this bin in April and the compost is ready to be used, sieved for sowing seeds or un-sieved to mulch around plants or spread on the veg bed for worms to take down over the winter (much less work for me) If you have use of a shredder you can obtain much finer compost, but it is not that important.

Any queries, just ask

Raised Beds

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:54

You could also ask neighbours who have nice gardens

Hostas as a delicacy !

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:53

Can you give us a photo of the situation?

I didn't think it was possible

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:51

Yes, Pauline; looking at the enlargement it seems there are little 'hats' on the fence posts.

Re-vamp with a mini raised bed

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:47

That looks great The lavender will have grown a bit by next summer, possibly not much by early spring. It has to be cut back after flowering each year so that it doesn't become too straggly - but don't cut back into the old wood.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:43

Lindsay, that is spectacular! How do you stop the water from becoming stagnant, or do you have a pump and a fountain of sorts?

My garden is not large, but I would love to do something like that. Is it in sun or shade?

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