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Medlar novice

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 21:02

I would if we could actually remember it beyond what I posted originally. My jam maker is not going to make any this year as we already have more Jam than we can eat in a year with Raspberry, Crab apple, Chokeberry, Strawberry, Quince, Blackcurrant, Redcurrant, Loganberry and others whose names escape me at present.

Basically it is a pint of juice to a pint of Jam making sugar and follow the instructions for cooking time on the sugar package. Sorry.

Last edited: 08 November 2016 21:03:26

Medlar novice

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 17:59

We got our Jelly making recipe from some Eastern Europeans who used to make it and sell the result from door to door. They certainly did not have space or time to blet the fruit before making the preserve.

I did not find it tasted of tannin, it was very tasty to me.

Medlar novice

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 11:09

The only way to find out if you like them or not is to taste and see.

Never added apples to the jelly so no idea what effect that would have.

Can i compost fallen leaves

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 20:54

I have always added leaves to our compost heap (not a bin,an open heap) and they have always rotted down well. Oak leaves maybe a lot slower than some, but Cherry should decompose easily if mixed with other material.

I confess to running the lawn mower over them, but that is to pick them up. However, it does shred them up a little which obviously helps them break down in the heap.

Medlar novice

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 11:58

We have never really managed to get them to 'blet' properly. they seem to go mouldy first. The one occasion when they did, I cannot say that the taste was particularly outstanding.

For Medlar jelly they do not need to be 'bletted' only properly ripe and going soft (after a good frost is best). Then you purée the fruit  with water and allow the mix to drip through muslin. Do not squeeze through if you want a clear jelly. Then it is a pint of liquid to a pound of Jam sugar. I like the jelly but my wife says it is too strongly tannin tasting for her.

Another suprise

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:44

Dig up when dormant. Notice that the bulbs have their shoulders out of the ground, That is how they should be replanted. South-facing well drained sunny position.

They are actually related to Amaryllis rather than Lilies.

Last edited: 06 November 2016 10:46:30

Clematis varieties

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 16:27

My Angel is the biggest thug Clematis we have ever come across. It spreads by roots running all over the place. It has even gone through the concrete raft of our Composting area and come up the other side, say 20 feet away from  where it began. AVOID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 11:26

To get back to the original question. (This was not meant to begin a discussion of the estimable Mr. Don). The person who asked me about it was told that this compost was no longer available to the amateur. Strange mis-information to my mind. I have found lots of it on line.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 17:33

Thanks. Cannot abide the man so I will not be watching it, but am grateful.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 15:40

Someone has asked me about the potting compost used by Monty. It is supposed to contain some microbe which helps roots grow. Now, I never watch Gardener's World so I cannot help. Does anyone know what this is?

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