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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Wine making

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 17:31

Everyone round to mine on bonfire night.  Please bring designated driver. I suspect its 15% alcohol and slips dowm a treat.

Wine making

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 17:26

Blackberry 75-   best ever due to long hot summer. 2 years in bottle and it was like nectar.

 I stopped making wine due to lack of time- I spent more time drinking it.

 However I kept all the gear, and a couple of years ago , we gathered 30lb of blackberries from some land near the Trent. No traffic fumes so they were pretty good.

However I think I put too much sugar in. I've got 5 gallons in a carboy, awaiting bottling. Its a bit sweet but makes good mulled wine.

What new flower seeds are you going to grow in 2014

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 17:18

Has anyone grown Melianthus major to flowering size in one season. I like the look of it , but wonder if I would be better overwintering as a small plant indoors, and then going for it with lots of feed the following year.?

I get best results from Brugmansia this way. Ist year I grow the rooted cutting on, 2nd year it goes in a large pot, 3rd year I stick them in the ground. They usually grow such a large root system that they can't be dug up,(and the frost kills them) but I start again with cuttings.

IF you never had GARDENING ........................

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 16:48

Rose without thorns-- I find a pair of loppers and a shredder really useful when I want to work off some anger.

Verdun- you've been stimulating me to spend a lot of money too. I've probably spent more(on the garden) this year than in the last five.

seed share

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 16:36

I will only need a few seeds. If I get  3 plants out of it I will be happy. RHS usually only send about 20 seeds of perennials and its enough. If you can split them, Nut, thats OK by me.

Front hedge needs cutting problem with neabor

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 16:29

If its not your hedge and not overhanging your land, if you cut it , it will be criminal damage. Have a word with the owner to see if you can come to some agreement.

Plant pots

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 15:40

Is it biodegradeable for short term use, or hard wearing for permanent planting.?

 If its going to be green will it be made out  of recyclable materials, or have minimum amounts of non renewables like petrochemicals.? You can make pots out of coir, totally renewable, but the fuel involved to transport the coir is considerable.

seed share

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 12:50

I would like some telekia speciosa please, and daphne mezereum, and Eryngium tripartitum. 

Poached this morning!

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 12:20

The reason I have an aversion to eggs is my nan use to whip a raw egg through porridge for me as a kid, to build me up as I was a scraggy kid. I can eat scrambled so long as there are no stringy white bits in, but semi  boiled raw eggs makes me feel ill.


Posted: 13/10/2013 at 09:42

I made my Xmas cake and a spare with the leftover stuff. OH has already tested the spare  and I've had to hide the proper one.

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