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Posted: 26/02/2014 at 18:24

Clarington - you can make cider from any apple but whether you'd want to drink it is another matter! The biggest problem with cooking apples is that they are fairly sharp giving an acid cider. If you could blend them 50:50 with eating apples that will help a lot. The main thing with most garden apples is that they are all short of tannin. You can simply add powdered tannin during fermentation to get that proper mouth-puckering bite of a good cider.

Depending on the apple variety and ripeness the resulting cider will be high in alcohol, probably 7 or maybe 8 % ABV  - about twice as strong as beer.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:17

A photo gallery of my cider making here I made 10 gallons this year.

I also made a gallon of wine from my greenhouse grapes (probably Black Hamburgh) with a few bunches from my new Seyval Blanc vines intended for outdoor planting thrown in for good measure. I made just two bottles the year before from a couple of Chardonnay vines, recognisable but just a little bit sharp.

Hardwood cuttings from apple

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:04

Thanks, finding rootstock is a problem - Blackmoor only have cherry, plum and pear rootstocks available. I'll give cuttings a go anyway and can always try grafting next year if they take and I remember to order rootstock early enough.

Camera Corner

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 13:49

iGrow - it was in the Museum of Classic Automobiles (Antique Building) next door to the Don Garlits' Museum of Drag Racing, entry to both on the same ticket. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 12:38


Need a bigger lawnmower? Looks like something Top Gear would make. Found it in a drag racing museum in Florida last week. It was built for a lawnmower advert.

For car nuts that's a supercharged big block Chevy engine which probably gives about 400HP.


Hardwood cuttings from apple

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 14:43

Has anyone tried taking hardwood cuttings from an apple tree? One of ours was badly damaged in a freak storm the other weekend and I had to reduce it to a 5 foot stump. The tree was probably about 50 years old and I would like to preserve some memory of it.  I am hoping that it will sprout some new branches but will also try some hardwood cuttings.

Buying a hammock online

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 11:33

Now you need two apple trees just the right distance apart . Haven't use mine for a couple of years - once you get beyond 27 getting in is much easier than getting out so you need someone else to bring you cold beer!

Question about Cotinus coggygria regarding pruning

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 16:34

Mine suffered bad wind damage a few years ago so I cut off the remaining branches leaving a 6ft trunk which I left over the Winter intending to take down in Spring. I was surprised to see lots of buds emerging so left it to grow on as a giant lollipop. If I were to go through this again I would coppice it.

Here I am complaining again.

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 23:12

On a more positive note you do have wonderful ice wine in Toronto. 

Identifying orchard tree varieties

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 22:28

This website might help you with identification-


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