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wild damsons and apples

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:11
There is no pectin in a stone!

Which apple variety?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 16:09
Your best bet is to visit an Apple Day in October and you will get an accurate identification.

If it is ready now you can narrow it down to an early apple therefore not a keeper.

If you want to make cider, it is perfectly possible to buy cider apple trees. Not for eating, they are incredibly sour.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 00:34
In the RHS garden at Wisley they put an electric fence around the sweetcorn to protect them from the badgers.

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 00:33
Logan you have to extract the kernels from the stones before they are any use. Otherwise they are just stones and add nothing to the flavour.

Apricot jam is improved by adding a few kernels to it.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 17:32
It's all about pollination. The pollen fertilizes each individual kernel, not the whole cob, so inevitably some get missed. Each 'string' leads to one kernel.

wild damsons and apples

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 00:45
Often the damson stones float to the surface when you add the sugar.

The apples you can cook and then put through a Mouli or if you like hard work a sieve. Do not add sugar before you freeze or bottle the puree. Some you can freeze in smallish containers for apple sauce and larger containers for cakes or pies or whatever you desire.

what is this fly

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 00:37
Ken, if you had just walked away from the insects for a few hours, they would have disappeared 'naturally'. No killing necessary.

Please, please think before you destroy.

How do I tame this mystery tree?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:16
Most cutting down is done when the leaves have fallen. Makes the job easier.

You can cut it almost to the ground. It looks as though that has been done to it in the past.

Goat willow tree: to prune or not to prune

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 14:54
You won't kill it whatever you do.

Pruning agapanthus

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 14:51
They like to be congested in the pot. You can cut the whole stem and put it in a vase. They make excellent cut flowers.

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