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Dessert apples - glut!

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 13:34

Ginagibbs. What kind of jam can I make with apples?

Any damage?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 13:26

 Essex - Seat in my avatar blew over but undamaged, now righted. A lot of debris off my willow tree and next door's pine - I'm drowning in pine needles! Other than that no real damage.

 A lot of mess cleared up, sun's out now and I'm catching up online before enjoying a well earned cup of tea on aforementioned seat!


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 09:40

Thanks chicky. I have the washed out version too and they are not worth showing!!

I can't take the credit for the cosmos (unfortunately) - lovely colours - as they are gardenfantic's 

Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 09:35

Good morning! Unfortunately the quality of your pictures is not good enough to show the detail needed.

The browning of the stem is probably due to aging and thickening to support the plant.

The white 'leaf' you refer to I can't see well enough to comment on.

As has already been mentioned, the prospect of getting apples - if this is indeed an apple seedling, is a long way off. Apple trees are usually grafted not grown from seed. Certainly continue with  growing your seedling, I would like to see some future pictures but in order to produce apples within your life time, you will have a much better chance in purchasing a good young tree from GC or a supermarket in spring.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 22:38

 Really shining at the moment Callicarpa 'Profusion'

 My Nerines are performing really well this year and loving this weather.

Dessert apples - glut!

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 18:17

Thanks for the ideas. I'll definitely freeze because I would love to have some later in the year.

Ginagibbs, any proven recommendations on the jams or chutneys or a site for recipes?

Gardening Book ideas for Christmas

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 10:21

My RHS  A-Z Encylopedia of Garden Plants never gets put away - covers everything site, pruning, propagation, colour pics, techniques etc  and Geoff Hamilton's Organic Gardening is another book I use regularly.

Dessert apples - glut!

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 10:08

Hi, I have a geat glut of dessert apples all slightly imperfect and therefore cannot be stored. I have stewed some - can I freeze? Put some in cakes; eaten some ...any ideas what I can do with some more, well lots more as the rest will probably fall on Monday with the forecast! Recipes, freezing tips etc really welcome. Thanks.


Posted: 16/10/2013 at 22:25

Lovely to see them in action Skyrunner, thanks for taking the time to share.

Still feeding my hedgehog/s  - food all gone most nights, but I don't usually witness the action. Am thinking of getting one of the wildlife see what goes on at night...quite expensive but maybe for my birthday....

Hedge choices

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 22:25

How about beech? Different colours, leaves change during the year  and they hold their leaves for most of it.

Depends how formal you want to be - privet - green or golden easy to shape and will look smart.

A berberis, a bit spiky has flowers, berries and can look more informal.

Holly, easy to keep in shape, flowers and berries, evergreen, good for wildlife

There are a lot of choices...

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