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Gooseberry crop

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:12

Thanks for th advice.  Most of my crop will go towards making jam - I put them in with strawberries and raspberries and they help it set without affecting the overall flavour.

Gooseberry crop

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:39

Yep, we had the best crop ever too. But the downside is the weight of fruit on some stalks meant they have broken off, also the lower branches have ended up laying on the ground and been attacked by slugs(another thing that seems to be having its best year ever!).

 

Any apples yet?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:37

Well it doesn't look a bad year for apples here in East Anglia.  We had lots of blossom, quite early and were lucky in that we had no frosts so got a good set of fruit.  There is very little June drop at the moment but I fear it will increase if this hot dry weather continues.

I feed all my fruit trees and berries with potash once growth starts up again in the spring and I think this definitely helps. Also, I  keep the area around the base of the trunk fairly weed-free so there's no competition for nutrients and moisture.

Asparagus

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:47

Agreed i would not want to use it as a traditional veg after its been frozen but as a basis for soup its fine.  You still get the flavour and it goes towards your 5 a day.

Asparagus

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:01

Any asparagus growers out there?  I have a tip to make the most of your crop.  When you prepare the tips for cooking, don't discard the woody stems at the bottom.  Pop them into the freezer and at the end of the season you will have enough for a nice asparagus soup. You can liquidise it to get rid of the stringy bits.

Any apples yet?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:56

I have a family tree and am seeing lots of fruit set on 2 eating types but very little on the Bramley cooking apple.  No sign of any fruit drop yet.

I also have a family pear and this has lots of fruit set but it has also drpped absolutely loads of fruitlets too.

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 09:53

Yes, everything is so late this year that I wonder whether it will be wise to do a chelsea chop because we may not get any flowers at all then!

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 21:31

I chop my salad greens, rocket etc.  It's getting leggy now, running to seed and being eaten by flea beetles, so its harvesting value is almost over.  I chop really low and it shoots again in just a few days.  This year I have also chopped some a bit higher to see what that yields.  This also works with swiss chard.

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Asparagus

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