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Holly hedge from cuttings

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 22:51

I have left trimmed branches lying on the ground and they have rooted. I have seedlings popping up all over the garden thanks to the local bird population. As far as my garden is concerned holly roots only too easily and is fairly fast growing too.

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 18:08

And here is the original photographer's (Mark Harrop hence the MHDigitalphotography watermark) website with the image http://www.mhdigital.co.uk/Landscapes/Essex/

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 18:00

Hold on a minute, somebody here is lying and it isn't "your say". They have pointed out exactly where the photo in question came from and the version David K claims is his is exactly the same, even down to pixel size. Perhaps David K can explain to us why his photo has someone else's watermark on it.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 14:55

All this talk of Glasgow reminds me I will be going up on Sunday to Balloch on Loch Lomond. I used to commute daily from various parts of Glasgow to East Kilbride before moving to the soft South. Finally found an umbrella useful when I came down here, not much call for one in East Kilbride where the rain and snow come horizontally!

Beechgrove Garden used to be a TV highlight when I lived in Glasgow and it is great to see it again as a reminder of regional variations in climate and gardening conditions. Aye, and the tatties!

 

wine

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.

wine

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 15:17

A photo gallery of my cider making here http://sussexhill.net/Events/Making_Cider/index.html 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

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36981.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

 

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.

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