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Damson fruit

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 14:56

Thanks :)

Maggots, you've just set my OCD into overdrive now, i'm going to have to inspect every one haha.

Damson fruit

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 11:29

Thanks for the replies, I will discard the ones with the spots in the council bin and pick the rest. Just to confirm they are ripe when all purple, I don't have to wait for them to be purple and soft as an example? and the sappy ones are fine to use?

Damson fruit

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 13:28

Hi Everyone,

I have two Damson trees in my garden and I'm wondering when I can pick the fruit? I want to make Damson Jam or Damson Gin.

The two trees although very close to each other seem to be at different stages with the fruit. I'm not sure if I should just pick everything off both trees or wait until all the fruit is purple?

Also some fruit appears to have a fungus or mould forming, should I discard this fruit or is it still fine to make Damson Gin with?

ow and what is the sap like substance on the Damsons is that harmless or should I avoid using that fruit?

Picture below :)

Last edited: 11 August 2016 13:29:28

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 12:47

The wood was tanalised, is that pressure treated? I did give the gates a light sand to smooth them over.

Tree stump , Before & After

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 22:13

I love trees! they are my favourite and this looks like it would of been a big old beauty.

I'm glad can still bring some joy, looks good.

Ants in compost

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 22:09

I think they help the compost process too, as Ceres says they will run away as you break the compost up. I had a large nest in my compost last year as I was turning it over, when I went back a few weeks later it was gone.

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:59

I guess its a waiting game now  I have clamped everything tight covered it all with tarpaulin. Hopefully the clamps will reduce the warping as the gates dry.

I'm going to take the advice from you all when they are dried out and rebuild better a stronger!


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 14:48

The pot is quite tall, are the roots shallow and wide, should I change the pot to a shorter wider pot?


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:30

I'm treating them with something recommended in another post so hopefully that will help!

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:26

Its all going wrong 

We had really heavy rain over night and when I woke up this morning the right gate in the picture had all the middle beams bowed out through expansion. It was so tight I could force them back in with vice clamps. In then end I decided to remove one beam to allow room to clamp the others back into place.

I have also gone out and purchased some tarpaulin to cover the gate from further rain until I can treat them. One saving grace is the frames where so tight when the gate was closed they couldn't expand and break the mortise and tenden joints, obviously this caused the gate to bow forward pushing the beams out.

My big concern now is how it will dry, I have clamped large beams across both gates top and bottom to prevent the frame warping.

The middle beams are just glued into the frame with a back brace also glue holding them in place, this has failed as the beams bowed forward. I don't know if its worth tacking them into the frame once the gate has dried?

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