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Storing Bramley Apples

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:38
Yes, you can store apples as pulp in Kilner jars.

Yes you can store them sliced in syrup in Kilner jars. Then you can put them straight into pies or crumbles.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 11:37
I'm all in favour of children! If couples had less or no children (some countries are perilously close to being under-replacement) who is going to do all the work we require, pay tax, invent things, and do all the things we value?

I was particularly struck by a programme about population growth and the statement that the average birth rate in Bangladesh is two children per family.

As a PS, I'm not sure that vast blocks of forestry are such a good thing. They are usually devoid of wildlife and contribute to acidification of the uplands among other disadvantages.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 01:19
Please take some time to come to West Wales then; you will see so much wildlife and mixed farming. Take a look at the Pembrokeshire Birdblog in the interim.

Crops that go to animal feed do put food on the table, and milk in the fridge, obviously; maybe you only eat vegetables but most people eat meat. And some of us only eat home-produced meat, and then not from supermarkets.

Many farmers are young and ambitious and they would be insulted to think of themselves as victims of the economic situation. And they sell to supermarkets. If the supermarkets sell 70 percent of what we buy, someone must supply them, or everything would have to be imported.

The countryside is in many respects artificial. Farmers planted the hedges and the recently planted trees, and dug out the ponds. We may decry their disappearance, but luckily we have the money and leisure to replace them in our gardens.

Here in Wales farmers have to get permission to remove a hedge if they are in an ecological scheme. Is there nothing like that in Essex? Sadly more damage is wrought by councils mowing verges unnecessarily because local residents complain about grass encroaching. With luck the economic situation will put a stop to that.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 19:55
Where do you live Gemma? Travel a bit more and you will find there is lots and lots of habitat for birds around.

Sparrows are very numerous where I live. Red Kites over-fly the house every day. The hedges are crammed with small birds in season. Apart from the 'wrecks' caused by the weather last winter the sea bird populations in West Wales are on the up.

I could go on. Do not believe everything the RSPB says. The farmers are not
as guilty as you imagine. Many are working their butts off to help wildlife as well as putting food on your table.

rhubarb gel

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 18:13
Sorry Edd my answer was brusque. Should read more slowly.

rhubarb gel

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 16:12
Too late to eat rhubarb now. Stop cropping at approx. end July.

Daffodil Bulbs

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 19:47
Were you meaning to keep the bulbs until next Spring/early Summer before you bringing them into the light? If the temperature is right they will start growing as soon as they are in the soil. They will be very unhappy plants if you leave them in the dark too long. All yellow and weak.

They are very hardy so you can plant them in pots in succession and bring them into flower in succession. Flowering time depends on the variety. The information is in the catalogues or on-line.They will flower quite happily in the snow. But they need planting now.

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 00:24
A bed 16 ft long is fine. Anything over 4 ft wide is difficult because you will be tempted to walk on the soil, and that is not good, as the whole point of a raised bed is that you work it from the sides. Most people can reach 2 ft easily but not much more.

If you want to work the bed while balancing on 2x4 that is entirely up to you. At my age it's not an option!

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:22
Edd with your calculations you have given a raised bed width of 16 ft. No raised bed should be wider than 4 ft or you will have to climb on it to cultivate! The whole point of a raised bed is you never compact it by walking on it.

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 09:14
None of my raised beds are that deep (3 foot); more like 18 inches maximum.

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