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Quince Quandry

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 12:57

You make jelly and cheese from one batch of fruit. When making the jelly don't be tempted to help it along by squeezing the dripping fruit or it will be cloudy. Look for lots of small jars to pot up the jelly, I use those little Gu pots which seem to accumulate in the cupboard .

Once you have collected the juice to make the jelly you simply simmer the remaining fruit pulp with an equal weight of sugar to make the fruit cheese/membrillo/marmelo. It does take several hours though and it would be difficult to handled such a big batch. You can store the pulp for a few days in the fridge though before making the cheese so you could break up the production process.

Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 23:03 is a very good guide. I just bottled up last year's effort and started this year's batch today. I am currently engaged in some quality assurance testing which is going very well indeed .

diatomeacous earth??

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 11:45

Wolf spiders don't attack humans, we are far too big and scary for them. They will run and hide if you go after them. They will bite in defense if provoked, e.g. trying to catch them. They get unfairly blamed for other insect bites and there are plenty of other things in your garden which will seek you out to feed on you - mosquitoes, midges etc. I would suspect one of those rather than wolf spiders.

Victoria Plum

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 21:32

This web site has some useful info

Plum trees will begin fruiting at around 4 or 5 years old so you may have a bit of a wait yet.

Pretty but tough plants to secure boundary

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:35

Pampas grass, razor edged so nobody gets close to it twice if they can avoid it. 

Problem viewing on Android tablet

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 17:40

I have tried killing all other apps but nothing helps. It is only this site which shows this odd behaviour though, all other sites I have tried are fine.

Apple Trees - Hopeless Cases?

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 17:38

Bramleys last for a very long time. Could be a pollination problem. Bramley needs 2 other group D pollinators - Laxton Superb is one but you need another. The Bramley won't pollinate the Laxton but it is partly self fertile so you should get some fruit from the Laxton. Normally other trees in the neighbourhood would act as pollinators but if they have all gone then you could try a flowering crab apple.

They may also have developed a biennial flowering habit which combined with pruning may account for lack of flowers and fruit.

Problem viewing on Android tablet

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 16:43

It can take up to 20 seconds to load the site or switch pages on my Android tablet. It used to be just as fast as viewing on my PC but is now horribly slow. I don't have any ad blockers running which can slow things down. Any ideas what might be causing this?

Irrigation System

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:39

Gardena have adjustable drippers but like Hozelock these are designed to be used on microbore tubing. This usually taps into 13mm thin wall tubing which forms the main circuit. Both makes sell complete kits in a box which is usually good value. With winter coming check garden centres etc. for bargains as they get rid of summer stuff like this. 

turning air into soluble nitrate to feed garden??

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 23:15

Marketing drivel, that's all.

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