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Posted: 23/05/2013 at 15:38

There are timers around which will do what you want. I have a Gardena timer which can be set for a variety of on times ranging from 1 to 120 minutes. It can also be set to operate on different days of the week rather than every day.

The optimum volume of water will vary depending on weather, aspect, shelter etc. so it is worth experimenting as far as possible in advance to find out what works best. If in doubt less is better than more.

Pruning Alder

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:15

You can coppice alder. Leave it until the Autumn then cut it down to about 6 inches high. It will then re-grow with multiple stems. You can repeat the process every 5 years.


Ilex aquifolium golden king

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:53

Golden Queen? Two very misnamed varieties.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:49

I think I just spent the day trashing an undiscovered Roman ruin. Bricks, roof and floor tiles, ancient concrete, mysterious rusted metal remains, signs of burning, everything I have seen on Time Team digs. Either that or I have unearthed more builders rubble from the house's previous owner . Trying to clear a site next to the garage for a second greenhouse.

Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:33

Coffee. Make a strong brew, no decaff, use it to water the plot. Repeat for a few days. Caffeine kills slugs. More useful ideas here


bums not allowed

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 21:24

You would need to be a Terminator to plunge your hand 12/15 inches into my soil without the aid of a pickaxe. I bent my fork trying to dig over the veg plot and that was after 3 years of digging it over! By way of compensation I am building up a nice collection of sandstone and ironstone for construction projects. Maybe a new Great Wall visible from space?

grapevine problem

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:17

Pruning should be done while the vine is dormant in the winter. Pruning while it is in active growth causes the bleeding you are seeing. If the pruning was severe it could kill the vine.


Posted: 18/05/2013 at 01:02

Zoomer44, you mean like this?

Rhododendron dead ...or not?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 10:47

Could be vine weevil damage, rhodos suffer just as much as other plants from this pest. I would get some Provado into the pot ASAP.


Posted: 16/05/2013 at 18:16

I make cider from my current apple trees - Bramley and Cox. While this doesn't give a perfect blend for cider (too sharp) I still manage to drink gallons of it! In a good year when the trees fruit well I can easily make 20 gallons which has about 7% alcohol. It is hard work though and it takes a couple of days to make this much. This winter I bought two cider varieties to supplement my trees and get a better balanced cider.

As you are starting from scratch then you can pick the varieties you want. There are three main groups of cider tree - bittersweet, sharp and bittersharp. Each has a different level of acid and tannin so you blend the juice from these to make the perfect cider for your own taste. I would recommend getting suitable varieties for your location, like these from this supplier

This website is a great source of information about cider. I have some photos showing my cider making kit here My crusher and press came from Vigo I also have a couple of dozen gallon demi-johns, several 5 gallon fermenting bins and a couple of kegs. This sort of kit isn't cheap but will last for many years. You might be able to pick up some bits cheap from local newspaper ads, Freecycle etc.

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