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  Topic: Sweet Chesnut Blight - Confirmed in Devon

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri May 12, 17 4:10 pm   Subject: Sweet Chesnut Blight - Confirmed in Devon
hmmm, ten miles away; we have two twenty-year-old sweet chestnuts, in a row with Ash and Elm. And hazel. Anything on the horizon for hazel?
  Topic: Of Apple Blossom and a Knife.

Replies: 11
Views: 1078
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Apr 24, 17 7:51 pm   Subject: Of Apple Blossom and a Knife.
I like Red Windsor more and more, it was the first of my apple trees in the 2010 orchard to flower this year, at the end of March, and is just beginning to shed its petals now. Pretty tree, annual bea ...
  Topic: Apple tree spacing

Replies: 9
Views: 1783
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Feb 19, 17 7:10 pm   Subject: Apple tree spacing
Out of those 125 apple trees, one didn't grow, one annoyed me, one died peacefully over its first winter and one had canker just above the graft. Another has canker at the top of the trunk below where ...
  Topic: DEFRA bird flu risk zone map

Replies: 7
Views: 1602
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 17 11:17 pm   Subject: DEFRA bird flu risk zone map
Someone decided it would be nice and tidy to take the A303 as the southern edge of the high risk zone based on the nearby river basin, scooping us in by map reading rather than exceptional risk.
  Topic: Apple tree spacing

Replies: 9
Views: 1783
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 17 11:00 pm   Subject: Apple tree spacing
Do you remember my new orchard,Treac? Most of the 5 year old 106s that I planted seven years ago ten ft apart in pretty good soil are now about six to eight ft diameter and eight to twelve ft high. Th ...
  Topic: Today's forage...

Replies: 24
Views: 7362
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Sun Feb 05, 17 9:43 pm   Subject: Today's forage...
As I went towards the trans-orchard bridge recently, I could hear the hum of dozens of bees on the winter-flowering honeysuckle from 20 yards away. I planted it a year ago on the bank of the stream an ...
  Topic: Camera traps/trail cameras

Replies: 37
Views: 10845
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri Jan 06, 17 10:29 pm   Subject: Camera traps/trail cameras
Even more so when there are no Aldi stores in the area.
  Topic: Put your birds inside

Replies: 55
Views: 12824
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Dec 09, 16 10:02 pm   Subject: Put your birds inside
We've hidden the chicken feeders and penned the hens in a covered run. It's irritated the rook and jackdaw raiders that were born and raised within a few metres of the chicken house immensely but I do ...
  Topic: Put your birds inside

Replies: 55
Views: 12824
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Wed Dec 07, 16 10:32 am   Subject: Put your birds inside
The British Poultry Council said eggs ( . . from confined birds in sheds) could still be sold as free range because the measures were compulsory.

but . . but . . if the eggs are not actually ...
  Topic: Morello cherries preserved in syrup

Replies: 8
Views: 3472
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Tue Nov 29, 16 11:48 pm   Subject: Morello cherries preserved in syrup
Money no object? A version is sold near here at the Somerset Cider Brandy shop at Burrow Hill.

'Morello cherries and
Somerset Apple Eau De Vie
50cl. (20%) - 14.50

Somerset Cider Brandy Compan ...
  Topic: Storing Quince

Replies: 23
Views: 10684
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Nov 03, 16 8:51 pm   Subject: Storing Quince
I cook them in slices then freeze them. I had a delicious cooked quince slice, fennel, pecan and red onion salad today at Heligan. Lovely imaginative food there.
  Topic: vanilla pod bulk buy 2016

Replies: 19
Views: 17548
PostForum: Seasonal and Frugal Shopping   Posted: Thu Oct 20, 16 10:31 pm   Subject: vanilla pod bulk buy 2016
about 10's worth plus postage, I guess
  Topic: Cider question

Replies: 12
Views: 5725
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Wed Oct 12, 16 9:26 pm   Subject: Cider question
just a few thousand here
  Topic: Ash

Replies: 39
Views: 15429
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 16 7:32 pm   Subject: Ash
Getting closer to us, just about 10 miles east. We've gone from being surrounded by elm trees to having about ten large ash trees around our property, it'll be tragic to see them die.
Especially as ...
  Topic: Pizza oven.

Replies: 42
Views: 42437
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Sun Sep 25, 16 3:19 pm   Subject: Pizza oven.
And this afternoon . . and yes, it has been repainted.

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