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Quince Quandry

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:58

No harm in letting them ripen up for a couple of weeks. My Vranja quinces.. of which I have very few this year for some reason... are turning yellow now and I normally wait until they either drop or come off with a good shake, usually in October. We have made jam in the past but it is rather bland. I read that quince jelly is nice but difficult to 'clear'. The nicest concoction I've tasted is a 'quince cheese', much like the Portuguese marmelo. It goes nicely with cheese, ham etc. I'm sure there are good recipes online.

Mulberry wine recipe?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:07

Anything from the 60s can't be that bad! Thanks for the input. 4 lbs of mulberries may be a little ambitious for me this year, so I'll scale down accordingly.

Bramley apples

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 13:28

Bramleys tend to be ready about late Sept to early Oct in my garden but many have already been dropping so I will stew some presently. They are much smaller in average size than usual too. It seems an odd year altogether.

Mulberry wine recipe?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 11:18

My King James (black) mulberry tree is now about 12 years old (a baby!) and beginning to produce a serious crop in domestic terms. I can only eat so many myself and my family find them a mite tart for their tastes, so what if I turned a few pounds into a gallon of wine? Anyone with a tried recipe? All the Net references I see witter on about American wild mulberries and US style measurements which aren't as down to earth as I'd wish. Help! Is it worth the trouble?

San Marzano 3 tomatoes

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 11:48

I've grown several San Marzanos this year for the first time, and trained them like cordon, up a strong support. Otherwise they (bush types) tend to collapse in on themselves and become tiresome to handle with much twisted foliage, lack good ventilation, difficult to ripen the fruit etc. After a serious attack of blossom end rot early on, I've had a decent crop and better outside in pots than in the GH. They seem to enjoy plenty fresh air. Much ripening to do however before I establish what they taste like.

Victoria Plum

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 19:07

This should be fruiting after say 4 years as has been said.Victorias are normally hardy, reliable and prolific, given that cold nasty weather doesn't upset pollination too much in the Spring. Was your tree quite a junior 'stick' with a root ball when planted (ie supermarket size) or more substantial pot grown? Has it been growing well since or struggling? Poor drainage, shade or undernourishment can hinder growth and it will not fruit significantly if it's not happy. Otherwise have a little patience, perhaps. It should come into its own before long.

Pear tree survival?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 22:49

See what you mean L. I believe the rootstock for these was Quince A. Does that mean some form of quince bush would grow? Probably would never fruit, of course, I dunno. Yes, in a way, maybe life's too short to pursue these things and I will try to get rid.

Pear tree survival?

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:19

Last year, against my better judgement perhaps, I allowed my daughters to lodge a couple of horses for a few weeks in my 'orchard' which is two thirds grass and the rest fruit trees. The smaller younger trees I protected; the big old apple trees could look after themselves, but a couple of medium (up to 18' or so) pear trees were attacked and their bark almost totally stripped. I resigned myself to losing both and later that year cut both down at ground level. This year, clumps of 'suckers' have grown from each stump, showing they are not totally dead after all. Is there anything to be gained from encouraging regrowth with some pruning this winter, or do I ignore these growths and just cut it down?

Broad bean burn?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 15:03

Many thanks Dovey. I was beginning to suspect napalm. Yes, I think they would have been Fava. Problem solved.

Broad bean burn?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 13:03

Out on a country walk by the middle Severn with my nephew yesterday, we came across an entire field of (small) broad beans which had been 'singed' ie the pods blackened by burning but not incinerated and the beans dried and shrivelled within. First I thought it a random accident in recent hot weather but the burning seemed too regular and controlled, done mechanically. Then we found an adjacent field of beans similarly affected. Is this last ditch pest control or part of the harvesting process or what. Never seen or heard of it before. Any farmers ready to advise?

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