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Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:50

I was just going to look for my trusty old book "The Boots Book of Home Wine Making and Brewing" which tells you everything you need to know about winemaking in an easy to follow way, but a quick google gound this which even tells you to freeze them first to help release the juice, so you are already part way there!


Brussels sprouts

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:33

The normal advice is to plant them down to the first set of leaves and firm the soil well which helps to prevent the wind from rocking them which damages the roots.  However, staking will do the same job so I would go for it, but don't put the stake in too close the the stem or you may damage the roots when pushing it in.

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 23:29

I agree, it's definitely a myth that you can't move them - I've done it several times and got flowers at the usual time.  It would be a mistake to cut the leaves back at this time of the year though.  That would seriously weaken them.


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 18:19

The best wine I ever made was gooseberry.  It tasted exactly like a normal white wine with no hint of the taste of gooseberries.  Two gallons from one (very large) bush!

Can I move my peony?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 13:47

Let them die down naturally - at the moment the leaves are feeding the tubers ready for next year.  Lift them just before you move then plant into the new garden as soon as you can or into pots if that's not possible.

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 13:44

The fur coats bit doesn't sound good - botrytis as you say - such a shame when you have put all of that effort in to get them to this stage.  It's worth investing in some automatic vent and louvre openers if you can afford it.  I have solar powered fans (the type used in PCs) now, which has been a great success.  If you or anyone you know has some basic electrical skills and can do a bit of DIY they are very easy to fit. You can get the fans from old PCs at council dumps if you ask nicely!  The solar panel cost about £30 (12V, 20W.)  One big plus is that the stronger the sun is, the faster the fans spin hence more ventilation.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 13:31

Windy morning with some nice sunny spells but have just come in to avoid heavy rain, thunder and hail..  Shed needs tidying though - always something garden related to do no matter what the weather!

Cucumber problems

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 12:07

Hi Yvonne, cucumbers are extremely prone to stem-rot and if it is that, it will soon keel-over and die.  You can lessen the chances of this happening if you make a small mound and plant the cucumber on top, as well as being very careful not to water directly on or near the stem.  It's best to err on the dry side with young cucumbers and only water when they really need it.  If it does die, remove all parts of the plant including roots to prevent any fungal spores from spreading around the greenhouse.

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 11:05

Hi Sue,  Some varieties of sweet pepper do have black coloured marking develop as they mature so this is very likely perfectly normal, especially if the areas are smooth.  It would be nice to see a photo if you can manage to post one to help confirm that it's natural pigmentation and not something to worry about. 


Posted: 15/06/2013 at 10:59

Hi Jeannieb, pot-grown trees can be planted out at any time of the year.  The main thing is to keep watering it (at least once a week) for the rest of this year until it goes dormant.

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