green fingered finch

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My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:04

So the blackcurrants we inherited are now looking nice and plump and black... the only issue is that they taste disgusting! I'm not actually sure that I've ever tasted a fresh blackcurrant before (amazingly) but I'm pretty sure they're meant to taste sweet or maybe tart but FRUITY. These ones have the most unusual flavour and all I can liken them to is meat, more specifically chicken! Is this normal? Is there a variety that's meant to taste this way? Have I done something wrong with them? I am very perplexed as there are hundreds of the things!! 

Help! My blackcurrants are splitting

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 09:15

Ah ok.. should I be watering them then?  I wasnt sure what constituted a 'dry spell', given the tendancy for rain. 

Help! My blackcurrants are splitting

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:02

I have noticed that some of my blackcurrants have gone purple (as if ripening) and have split, exposing the seeds inside. Some others have also gone purple but have shrivelled up. The rest of the berries are still green and nowhere near ripe. What's happening? Do I need to take any action? 

Another Mystery Plant for identification.

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 17:52

Oooh I have them too and I think its purple toadflax. They might be a bit weed-like but they look really pretty so who cares! 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 17:48

Wow, such perfect specimens of plants. Mine are mostly half eaten and covered in aphids 

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 17:45

Just wanted to say thanks for all the helpful ideas. Here is what we created last weekend. I am VERY proud of it!


Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 10:44

Yours sounds industrial strength obelixx! Good ideas though, it shows there are many ways to make a cage


Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:24

Thanks Bob, thats really useful. Great idea re the pvc pipes too! Looks like we are gonna be busy!

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 16:39

We have raspberries, blackcurrants and blackberries (we think!) growing at a rate of knots in a large patch measuring about 8x13 feet in our garden. We have been warned that birds are likely to eat the lot if we don't get them covered before they start to ripen. Looking at the ready-made fruit cages they all seem very expensive, especially for the size of plot we have. Can anyone give advice on making our own? Is it cheaper overall do you think? What sort of netting is best? And are canes, or metal poles better? Having looked online there seem to be so many options!


Help needed identifying plants!

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 10:09

Its flowered. Definately Physocarpus! So pretty


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