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Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:40

It's a long time since I made country wine, but I used to make a lot and won some prizes at local shows - I'm trying to make space (physical and timewise) to start again.

I never bottled until fermentation had finished 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:32

Looking forward to the Wisley pics   Glad you all had a lovely time. 

We've had a busy day - OH has spring cleaned the garage, damping down the dust and sweeping then vacuuming - and rearranging all the storage.  Now it's possible to walk from the front to the back without  having to climb over anything.  There are some other things that will be moved on before too long - (mountain bike in need of repair and a pine double bedstead anyone???).  

I've mowed and edged the front lawn and done some serious weeding.  I've also planted up a tub with a yellow phormium and yellow/bronze heucheras.  It can go on the front porch when the Black Eyed Susans are finished.  I've taken up the wax beans and they've gone into the mini-greenhouse to ripen and dry the seeds.  

We've had some very good steak for supper, with new potatoes and Chantenay carrots and runner beans from the garden.  I've also frozen some beans.  A bottle of Rioja needed finishing up 

OH has done the washing up and I'm watching Countryfile and trying to keep my eyes open 

I hope Verdun's had a lovely birthday 

Clearing a garden

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:54

That is a real triumph Mr Toast 

How lovely to have done all that for your family 

I didn't think it was possible

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:53

What a triumph!  and what a pretty border 

Congratulations to you and your very able Under Gardener 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 17:46

There are some gremlins in the system Matthew - the tech team  are doing their best but at the moment the email notifications are erratic to say the least.  

I just keep checking mine 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

They al have the breathing pore, if that's what you mean.  

Our orange/red ones are really bright coloured whereas the Spanish one is more beigey with an orange tinge.  It's back wasn't as rough and ridged as our orange ones either. 

I'm excited that we have the orange/red native ones 

Many questions about late blight?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:31

Last year I removed every leaflet which had blight on - inspecting and removing them twice a day - and the plants continued producing well.  And yes, if the fruits aren't affected then they're fine to eat.

Spread the plants out a bit if you can, get some air moving between them - it will help keep the leaves dry - blight loves warm damp leaves. 

Don't compost blighted plants - I bag them and bin them.

And blight is a fungal infection - it spreads by spores in the air. 

Young fig tree

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:27

Yes, I thought I saw some geum .....

Selling a Yew Hedge

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:21

I think that a mature yew hedge can add considerably to the value of a property when it's in situ.  Not sure that it's worth a lot if it's dug up. 

Young fig tree

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:20

Oh, why didn't I see your post until after I'd posted mine WO?  But at least we agree 

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