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Wine making

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 16:21

Hi, I need advise as a first time wine maker.

I'm making Elderberry wine following a River Cottage recipe. I'm at the stage where its been in a bucket, loosely covered for three days. It then says to decant into bottles/demijon for the vigourous fermenting to take place. I bought a plastic demijon from my local market. My problem doesn't say to seive the berries out so, I;ve left them in, in doing so, the whole amount doesn't fit into the demi, so should I leave berries out or liquid and the lid doesn't fit and I'm not sure how the air lock works. Should I push it tight or leave it loosely on top or remove it all together. I've literally just decanted it, its full to the bim, bubbling and leaking from the lid!!! HELP!!

Lavender - how to plant/space out so as to let plants thrive?!

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:07

My Lavender is in its second year. I cut them back around this time last year to just above the 'woody bit' They looked lovely last year, quite dense and bushy, this year however they haven't looked as good. I'm trying to create a low hedge which I've seen in someones garden, something I envy a little!  Am I right to cut back now and should I be brutal with it or should it be just a trim?? Never been sure of cutting back and my garden suffers for it

Rhubarb and climber

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 21:53

Thank you fidgetbones, its the main stalk that has bolted so do I just chop it off. Will I still get the rhubarb this year?


Rhubarb and climber

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 21:25

Good evening everyone! I have 2 problems I need advice with.....

I have rhubarb which I planted last year and thoroughly enjoyed eating too, this year however it seems to have bolted, is this normal and what should I do??

My other question is on a choice of climber. I have just had a new patio area laid which gets the sun for most of the day. I would like to plant a climber to hide a wall that's a bit of a mess, it faces west with quite strong sun for part of the day which also has a window on it. The plant would need to go in a pot. What would you experts recommend for this?

Please help!!


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 19:10

Well they're all done and sitting pretty, after their trim on the windowsill. When's the best time to put them in the ground. I live in Mid Wales if that helps?


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 13:42

Well I'm not going to do all of them so if they flop I will of learnt something. Its all trial and error with me... Oh well back to it, Happy gardening!


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 13:12

You're quite right Tina! I love it!!! poor house does get neglected from now onwards. Just popped in for a bacon sandwich and a cuppa then its back out for me. In the middle of potting up my toms, not sure if I'm a little early but they look a bit leggy so thought I'd give it a go....still very,very new to all this


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:28

Ok Verdun, here goes, never done this before and it feels sooo wrong! Will this make them bush out?


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:19

Well I know its getting a little late to wish all you early birds a good morning but I've only just seen the thread....and what a great thread it is too! Love listening to what you're all up to. Been pretty busy myself planting and weeding and here in Wales the sun is shining lovely. Think I'll be making the most of it for most of the day. Now I've found you all I'll keep in touch!!


Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:07

I planted Everlasting Sweetpeas early March which are still sitting on my indoor windowsill. They are doing well and are about 6/8" tall but spindley. Should I pinch the tops and if so how? They each have around 5 lots of 2 leaves. Any help gladly appreciated!

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