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Plums Again

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 00:32

I'm no expert having only picked fruit from a cherry plum for the first time this year but found the fruit continues to ripen very quickly after picking.

I made two pickings the first was for ripe fruit and fruit which was partly ripe but still half green. I left the green fruit on the tree but this was ready for picking only 7 to 10 days later.   

Ripe fruit will rot very quickly and if rotting fruit is touching other fruits it will cause them to rot too. Storing them even just for a week in those cardboard egg trays will seperate the fruit, allow them to ripen further, any rotting fruit can be removed and because they aren't touching a rotting fruit does not effect the rest of your plums.

My experience has been once picked you need to decide quickly what you are going to do with the crop by way of preserving it, I made plum and apple jam but you can also make jelly's and preserve plums in a syrup. I'm sure someone else will be long to say what you can do with plums...

Hope this is helpful

OK, who's got it?

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 23:36

A friend...

...had two potted conifers stolen from her front bought two more and stuck drawing pins to the underside rim of the plastic pots...someone tried again to steal these because when she got up one morning found the new potted conifers were still in the garden but the pots laid on their sides... I would imagine who every it was who had tried to steal them...would have very sore fingers...and since then has never had a plant stolen...      

Read in the paper today

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:54

 Mac'd's coffee's are drinkable when you are on the way to work and didn't get time to have one at home...sausage and egg muffin's also fill a gap between 8am and lunch time .     

Read in the paper today

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:40

I like most of the stuff on the list Runnybeak apart from Avocado and have never eaten chicken livers, probably not going to now either.

I don't like scallops or raw fish although I can eat salmon uncooked and if I eat fish and get a bone in my mouth it puts me off eating the rest so although liking fish, will pick at it after boning before putting it in my mouth.   

My other hate is tom's that have been cut the wrong way with the middle core left in, you often find that in shop bought sandwiches so if buying a sandwich it has to be without tom's in it.   


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 22:12

My tom plants in the GH, look alot healthier this year but not as many toms on the plants. Some have gone red but most are still green. 

The one's outside in hanging baskets have been very poor, they started to fruit early and have all but stopped now.

One of my chilli plants though has alot of fruit going red, which I thought was a bit early for chillies, I'm convinced it was September time last year before these started to change colour.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 20:54

Mines 30 for half a plot. 

Mystery Caterpillar

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:37

Thank you nut. I've also saved the site in my favourites.

One of the nice things about having an allotment is seeing the different wildlife. The back garden hasn't had as much attention this year either and the number of birds which come has more than doubled since last year.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:27

Ryanair also fly to Carcassonne which could be nearer

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:20

Forester2- I'll start picking some mini pop tomorrow when I'm next on the allotment. I can't beleive how big the plants are. I kid you not, they are twice the height of anyone else's main crop corn 

Extra soil

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:18

If you get muck from the person who owns the horses and get the opportunity to bag it yourself from a pile, take the top 6 inches off or try to take muck from the middle of the pile, there's less chance of you contaminating your bed with weed seeds then.

The heat from the middle of the pile may have killed them and seeds in the top few inches are usually blown there on the wind   

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