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Damson Crop for 2012

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 10:56

I made 10 gals of damson wine with my crop last year. This year, I will be lucky to find 10 damsons! Lord knows what to expect for 2013.


Posted: 08/08/2012 at 21:54

Planted mine ( for the first time) outside in early May after growing from seed. Good soil, plenty of chicken pellets dug in. Watered (by the rain) almost daily. Some have hardly grown. The best, after 15-16 weeks, not much bigger than an egg. Looks like another few weeks or so to harvest these, but some in danger of bolting. What's to be done?! (and I don't even like beetroot)

Sweet potato

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 12:44

That's what I meant. Grow now for some result to eat for Xmas dinner. I'll go give them a good talking to straightaway!

Sweet potato

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 12:15

You mean for Xmas dinner, I assume?

Sweet potato

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 11:16

Peeling a shop-bought sweet potato recently, we found it was beginning to sprout. I firmed in the pieces of peel into damp compost and now leaves are beginning to grow happily. Too late into the growing season to hope for results but, question is, can I overwinter these plants and hope to grow a crop in containers next year?

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 10:57

Squirrels most likely.


Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:37

Talking of hybrids. Several years ago I was growing a mini-plum variety called Rosada in the GH and someone gave me a couple of yellow plants, probably Golden Sunrise or the like (medium fruit but average flavour), which I remember did not do very well. I kept a couple of Rosada toms for sowing the following year, and when they fruited, they came out as yellow mini-plum, very sweet and a prolific cropper, very dark leaves, which I have continued to grow every year since. Modesty forbids that I should name the variety anything other than 'those yellow things'.

Dragon fruit

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:50

Thanks for that. Yes the dragon seems a bit of a monster to look after (especially if it's very prickly ) but I'll keep going until it becomes too much.

Apple tree rootstock

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 20:45

Why wait until November? I always considered that if you are planting a pot-grown tree with good rootball, then you can plant at almost any time of year providing you do it properly and keep it well watered during dry spells. Planting now will allow it three or four months growing time in warm soil to establish itself.

Potato blight soil

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 20:38

Blight on spuds and toms is so awful that I for one would not want to risk its return next year by having the infected soil anywhere near my growing areas. Get rid. It's not worth it.

Discussions started by paull2

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How to use the fruit 
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Broad bean burn?

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Fig crop drop

Figs dropping before ripening 
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Last Post: 29/08/2012 at 00:52

Sweet potato

grow from sprouting peel? 
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Last Post: 29/07/2012 at 12:44

Dragon fruit

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Last Post: 26/07/2012 at 20:50

Tomatoes not setting fruit

Plenty of flowers but few fruit set 
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Last Post: 05/07/2012 at 08:54

Split stem courgettes

What causes split stems 
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Cherry picking problem

What's eating my cherry leaves? 
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