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Sloe gin recipes

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 08:10

At this time of year my thoughts turn to the making of sloe gin.

Over the years I have experimented and now include in some batches cloves and cinnamon.

I have also found that less sugar is more to my taste, and have again experimented with Demerara and Muscovado rather than Tate & Lyle.

Sloes not yet ripe in north Essex, but should be soon.

Just about the best drink on a frosty morning in the garden.

planting a woodland area

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 15:15

A similar project.

the chair is very important.

6 X Fertilizer

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 09:12

Thanks for the info, will do as you suggest.

6 X Fertilizer

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 08:27

A local nursery is closing and I bought this fertilizer.

should I apply it now or wait till next year.

i am thinking of using it at the base of a yew hedge.

Question on a leaf mould enclosure

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 10:00

I have covered mine with old carpet, natural fibres only, and have had no problems. I sieve mine through an old supermarket wire basket when used as a mulch, but sieve again when I want it for potting plants.

yesterday sieved approx 800 litres and the top dressed magnolias and rhododendron, a very satisfying day.


Posted: 13/09/2016 at 19:16

They also self seed very easily.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:43

I quite agree, red wine is my tipple.

Hot house Hostas

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 21:04

Hi Hostafan, I do garden organically and have really good habitats and lots of frogs, haven't seen many thrushes and little evidence of hedgehogs.

1500 very impressive, I think your pests know that you have got them beat.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:57

Spent four hours in the garden this morning and did two hours work.

the Billy goat brush cutter is hard work and I no longer have the strength to use it for more than one hour at a time.

planted two purple leaved shrubs, holes dug yesterday and left full of water to soak overnight.

sat and watched rats and squirrels feeding as well as blue tits, great tits chaffinches and dunnocks.

i am just beginning to learn that you are allowed to sit and enjoy the results of you labour.


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:39

Went online today to buy some bulbs from the RHS, a big order over £150. P&P 4.95 but then said order would not be shipped until all bulbs available but could pay extra P&P and have them shipped when they became available.

They also said elsewhere plant as soon as received, no order placed.

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