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Wine making

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 16:40

If you want to produce vinegar then follow the advice to not use an airlock. Cotton wool or muslin will not keep out bacteria and will definitely not keep out oxygen both of which will spoil the wine very quickly.

What is this bush?

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 23:10

The ripe berries are edible, have a nice treacle flavour. 

Silica cat litter instead of vermiculite

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 22:25

Try builders merchants for exfoliated vermiculite. It is used as insulation and might be cheaper than from garden centres or pet stores.

Rubin blackberries

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:42

http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/blackberry-reuben/classid.2000018100/ has useful info on what to do. I think that the "soft-tip" treatment may help you get a better crop. I would also try leaving the primocanes for a second year as suggested.

Patio Chilli

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:20

Yes you can eat the chillies, that is the main  point of growing them . You can overwinter the plant too. Keep it in a cooler place than your hot window sill though.

Potato Scab

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 16:57

Scab is worse when the soil is too dry, not too wet. That is what was said on Beechgrove too.

Eating weeds

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 11:30

I have a patch of Gaultheria shallon which is horribly invasive and to me a weed. However it does have interesting blue-blackberries which apparently are edible. So I harvested these yesterday and made some jelly from them. From 700g of berries (about two pints) I got about 400g of juice which I added to 250g sugar to get about 500g of jelly. The jelly is very sweet and intensely flavoured (in a good way!).

Apparently the berries are high in pectin so I could probably have used less sugar. I have also read that the berries and jam/jelly made from them are efficient appetite suppresors. Now who would have imagined jam being part of a diet .

Anyone else make culinary use of their weeds?

africa-runner-beans

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:44

Have a look at some of the recommendations for the hotter Southern US states - Aparagus beans also known as yardlong beans seem to do well with high heat and humidity. Lima beans (butter beans) might also work.

free-hedge-trimmer-

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:27

Have a look at the fuel filter before you get rid of it. It is probably a small porous stone type on the end of the supply pipe inside the fuel tank. It will likely be blocked with gum from the fuel. These are very cheap to buy and easy to fit.

Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:23

I run a lot of drippers off a single pressure reducer. I feed several hanging baskets 6 large pots and over a dozen drippers in the greenhouse. 

Try turning off the first two drippers so that the only open one is your end dripper. That may be enough to force the flow through.

Are all your drippers at the same height?

Discussions started by steephill

Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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Strange broad bean

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Slow worms and roe deer

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Air pots

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Bean confession

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