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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.

competitions

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 01:02

Zoomer44, you mean like this? http://www.gardenersworld.com/win/previous-winners/

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.

cider

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 http://adamsappletrees.co.uk/ShowDetails.asp?id=370

This website http://www.cider.org.uk/frameset.htm is a great source of information about cider. I have some photos showing my cider making kit here http://www.sussexhill.net/Events/Making_Cider/index.html#K7008014 My crusher and press came from Vigo http://www.vigopresses.co.uk/default.aspx 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.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:09

Wasn't me but the previous owner, honest.  I took down a large conifer which was shading the greenhouse and most of that side of the garden. When I got in to the bottom of the trunk I found lots of nice bits of stone, you know, the sort that people use to make small rockeries. Yes, another 60's dwarf conifer that was anything but!

propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:13

Got one heather cutting to take out of 24 . I don't think heather has heard of non-flowering shoots! Have so far failed to get any camellia cuttings to root but will try again this year. Forsythia is dead easy though  and grapes too.

What is description

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:07

Let me guess - you put "What is description" in that box so that is what appears in the thread list as the title of your thread.

sciatica

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 17:04

This might be of interest to some of you http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/07/antibiotics-cure-back-pain-patients Won't cure every type of back pain but a worthwhile breakthrough nonetheless.

I remember the impact of the discovery of bacterial causes of stomach ulcers - years of misery ended with a course of antibiotics.

bee flies

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 11:51

Lots here too (Surrey/Sussex border) which hopefully means that their prey species, bumble bees, are also in adundance. If bee flies are too successful then no bumble bees .

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