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Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:57

Thank you for your help Perki - I'll look at the varieties you suggest. Fortunately I have a reasonable sized space for growing the bushes and we love to eat the produce 

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 21:24

Thanks for your help Pansyface - they are all lovely to eat aren't they? I just adore summer pudding mix (quite happy to have it without the bread casing) with clotted cream or ice cream - high summer in a bowl

(Also rather nice spooned into a G & T)

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:02

Thank you Pansyface - I should have said that I'm in sunny Suffolk. We probably don't get as many really bad frosts here as those in the north or higher up - but it has been known so a frost resistant variety would be good. 

I'm thinking of having 2 blackcurrants and one red to be planted in a row. I should be ok with the spacings you suggest as I think the length of the row will be between 4 and 5 metres (need to check).

Ben Lomond sounds as though it has the sort of growth habit I prefer - but I'm a bit concerned about the redcurrant. Does it get very sprawling and big? Do you also grow white currants? How does their growth pattern compare?

Lots of questions - sorry! 

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 12:00

I'm now ready to plant up my new soft fruit patch.

Have just ordered the raspberries (Polka) but would like some help selecting currant bushes.

I want to grow both black currants and red currants and am looking for large, juicy, sweeter fruits and a good yield. Can anybody recommend some reliable varieties please?



Posted: 27/02/2015 at 10:54
Morning all - lovely day - off into the garden soon.
DD - certainly sounds as though 'something' has happened to make your cat nervous of going outside. I agree with some of the previous posters to keep him in at night with a litter tray and with the flap locked. I highly recommend using a Feliway diffuser close to the cat flap and where he sleeps. I would also clean the door and the cat flap with diluted biological washing powder solution then rinse off and spray the door and flap with Feliway in case another cat has been nosing around there. Hope you can buy Feliway in France!
When I helped run a cattery we sometimes had cats who were reluctant to use a litter tray. We found that a covering of soil from the garden sometimes helped encourage them.
If the problem persists a trip to the vets to make sure there is no underlying medical problem might be on the cards.

Growing Tea

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:01

I'm sure you're not WK - it was only intended as a friendly heads up so you don't go telling everybody your plans down the pub  (unless you're like me and distill your own!)

Only joking - that's illegal too!!

Growing Tea

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:41

The difference between tobacco and tea is the amount of excise duty the government collects from tobacco and cigarettes and the customs controls in place for tobacco products.

I think if you just grow the plant and don't cure the leaves there is no problem but, if you cure the leaves for smoking, it becomes more of an issue. This is one link I found discussing the issue. I'm certainly not an expert in this field but it is worth checking out if you want to make sure you stay legal



Growing Tea

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:13

If you're thinking of growing tobacco for smoking in the UK, you need to be aware that HMRC might become interested - even if it is only intended for your own personal use. Various articles on internet about it. I also believe it is illegal to sell or otherwise supply the seeds.

On the other hand growing ornamental nicotiana is fine 

The tea from Cornwall is lovely - had some at Smugglers tearooms overlooking the river Fal a couple of years ago.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:08

What happened to my last post? 

Anyways - enjoy your shopping - hope mousey doesn't eat the plants!

Can hire you my cat at decent rates 


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:49

I think the forum had a touch of the lurgy about 5 - 10 mins ago. Couldn't move from page to page and I suspect another posting on another thread has gone astray (rec'd a notification but no posting after mine). 

Hope all poorly peeps are on the mend.

Wintersong - you need to sit down - you are making me tired 

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