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Quince Quandry

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:17

Thanks Paul. We have had our best crop ever this year. Our assistant caretaker (off sick for the next month, unfortunately) used to take the fruit to a friend 'down the pub' who made membrilo - Spanish equivalent of the one you mention. This option is not available to us this year but as you suggest I'll look online.

We had to clear the tree as some parents - (new to this country) were helping themselves, biting into the fruit and then discarding on the ground...it was becoming a bit of an issue. Do you think the quince will continue to ripen off the tree?

Tree surgeons not getting to root of problem!

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:07

Hi all, Back in July, I got a reputable local company to (very sadly) cut down my willow tree which had cracked and  was dangerous. They got permission from the local council (I live in a conservation area)came and did a great job, felling tree and grinding out the stump.

A few days later when I was levelling the ground as it sat proud of the rest of the lawn I discovered a large root which must have been at the edge of the trunk, hidden beneath the soil -  over 6" across which remained and is impossible to dig out. I rang the company and asked them to come back and gring out the root. I have continued to ring them once a week throughout the summer leaving a message with the tree surgeon's father (who does the paperwork) - no one has got back to me.

I rang again today and told him that enough was enough that I am a reasonable person but I have reached my limit. I now feel I need to write a letter as everything so far has been over the phone and therefore not documented....my question is, where can I go from here - I have nothing in writing - it was a verbal quote, I paid cash... this company is employed by local councils to do their tree felling after storms etc. so they are not cowboys, though things are looking very Western like from where I stand at the moment!! 

Any advice welcome, thanks.

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:48

Wow you have done a fantastic job!

Advice (as you have already done) start closest to the house and do a bit at a time. If you are taking some old carpet out of your new property, don't throw it away but lay it on top of the next area you want to clear - it can stay there all winter/spring preventing weeds from growing and making clearing the area easier.When you are ready to work on a new bit you can take it off and dig over the soil beneath digging out any remaining roots.

You can also put thick black plastic/carpet or something similar on top of what you have already dug to prevent regrowth. In spring when regrowth happens (and it will) have some glysophate aka Round Up handy and spray the new growth as it appears - this weedkiller will go down through the whole plant and kill the roots too without you having to dig them out. It is perfectly safe for kids and pets to be in the garden once it has dried - plants have to be in active growth and so it probably wouldn't be so effective at this time of year. 

If I were you I'd ask Father Christmas for some tools or garden centre vouchers! Put an ad on your local free cycle group for old carpet and plant up pots to give you something to look at in winter /spring until you get planting. Good luck, I'd love you to post another picture next year so we can see the changes  

Quince Quandry

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:30

I have just harvested 33 kilos (just over 5 stone) of quince off the tree in our primary school playground. Has anyone any good recipes/ ideas of what I can do with such a quantity? I was thinking of making some jam/jelly which the school could sell - any tips....

Some of the quince are not completely yellow - will they ripen if left in the sun or in proximity with other ripe quince? Any advice and help welcome, thanks  

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:55

Definitely Nicandra. Seedheads - green and black in the picture will ripen to a beige colour can be collected and the contents sown next year. I use the seedheads in dried flower winter decorations.

Tip - when the seedlings come through next year you can distinguish them from weed/other seedlings as they have little black spots on the leaves.

New English Gardener - 2 Questions

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 17:57

As these are all summer flowering maybe something of interest for other seasons - how large is the flower bed? Without knowing the size/site/position etc I'd be thinking underplanting/interplanting with  bulbs for spring - daffodils, tulips; maybe a shrub or two which are evergreen for winter interest or which flower in winter/spring - pieris, camellia...again without knowing your soil, whether the bed is an island or has a hedge/wall behind it .....some more detail will give you much better advice.

Read in the paper today

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:00

Well, I only eat mushrooms, sprouts and avocados out of that list - not veggie but those meats do not appeal.

I have tried to like olives and blue cheese but failed miserably. Do use olive oil though... 

What is this weed?

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 21:54

If you have got it in among other plants you can buy a glysophate based gel which you can paint on - as if you spray you will kill the plants you want to keep as well as the weed!

One example i could find below...

http://nt.greenfingers.com/images/product_images/new_product_images/LT0968D_l.jpg

What is this weed?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 22:32

Wood sorrel or yellow sorrel or oxalis corniculata. The main way it spreads is through exploding seed pods - remove floers and seed pods as soon as you see them forming. However it also produces bulbils below the soil and although you think you have pulled it up usually bulbils are left behind. Use glyphosate which will travel down through the plant  to get  to all those bulbils under the soil and kill them.

box on wheels

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:11

Amazon - just put 'box on wheels' in the search box.

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