Latest posts by steephill

Apple trees as xmas present advice please

Posted: 21/12/2017 at 16:52

Clydeside is a cooking apple which used to be common in the Clyde Valley orchards. Flowers during the first half of May, harvest late Sept early Oct. Looks like it is being planted in a growing number of Scottish heritage orchards. Brogdale may have more info on pollination etc. so try a search there.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 16:05

Knole Park is a great spot for deer watching. Not so sure that the deer are always enthusiastic about this though.

How the browse line comes to be.

Very tame deer, will perform for food.

Think I'll stick to hand feeding though.

They can get a bit fierce during the rut.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 26/11/2017 at 15:28

I love a dip in the Atlantic, especially when it looks like this (John Smith's Bay, Bermuda).

OK, I will admit it was a little bit warmer than paddling at Ayr beach or Loch Lomond when I was a wee wean .

Growing mushrooms on logs

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 23:03

I would wait till next Spring based on info from They say that oyster can take up to a year to fruit and shitake up to 2 years. Keeping the logs damp seems to be important so maybe your occasional watering needs to be more frequent. Seems like the only logs to avoid are yew and other conifers/softwoods because of resins and potential toxicity. Time from cutting logs to inoculation with spawn also seems to matter, 3 to 6 weeks after cutting is recommended. 

choice of apple trees (East Kent)

Posted: 14/11/2017 at 11:40

Talk to a fruit specialist rather than a general supplier. Ashridge Trees or Deacons nursery (Isle of Wight so might have similar soil conditions) for example. They will be able to supply a range of rootstocks, tree forms and ages which might save you a year or two before fruiting. You might also get better prices e.g. Deacons have sale on at the moment which would beat the price you have now.

Cat scarer extrordinaire

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 11:23

Presumably the highly qualified OP has checked with Ofcom that his device is legal.   Irresponsible idiot!

Damson gin-smells of almonds

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 23:07

The alcohol from the gin will do you more damage than the cyanide from the damson stones. Sounds like you are genetically disposed to detect cyanide at very low doses. Some people are very sensitive to the smell but others can't detect it at all. I would happily enjoy the gin and not worry too much about the cyanide, it is present at a very low level and won't do any harm unless you drink the entire bottle in one sitting.

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 16:30

The sky has been an amazing colour here today (Surrey/Sussex border) with the dust and smoke it is carrying. Much darker than usual too, a bit like just before a solar eclipse.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/09/2017 at 16:41

Here's an amusing encounter between some of my garden wildlife. The fox cub didn't notice the deer at first but then got curious.

The deer, which had been watching the cub, decided it was time to stand up and the cub realised it was much bigger than it looked.

Slightly sheepish looking cub (pardon the metaphor).

This was taken a few hours later that day. The fawn was probably why the deer was a bit nervous of the fox cub.

How to get rid of one rock

Posted: 12/09/2017 at 00:24

You need a feather and wedge set and a sledgehammer or hefty lump hammer as well as your drill. I don't think a clawhammer will be up to the job. Search Youtube for rock splitting and you will find lots of videos showing how to do it.

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