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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 14 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 14 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:


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One missed letter is all it takes...

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 14 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Our raspberries are terrible this year. No idea why but we've had hardly any. I thought we'd have loads considering how well blackberries are doing round and about.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 14 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Although talking of dying the following are being terminated this winter:

Brandy Gage - A nice plum but goes over ripe very quickly, also a magnet for brown rot and wasps, splits badly too

Golden Sphere - As I've said before a pointless, tasteless waste of space, it's a goner

Shiro - In common with other Jap plums it grows so densely that it's almost impenetrable if you don't prune every year, also shares susceptibility to bacterial canker. It's very juicy, but is almost totally lacking in flavour

Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
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Location: Sunny Suffolk
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 14 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

One of my apple trees is flowering again. May be a bit ambitious to put out 2 crops in 1 year.

CyberPaddy66



Joined: 27 Aug 2014
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Location: Cornwall, UK
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 14 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We started out fruit garden this year with potted trees (Braeburn Apple, Victoria Plum, Cherry, Fig and Lemon) all of which have yet to show any signs of any flowers, not really expecting anything for the first two years either.

We also got several canes/bushes on the go and the best by far has been the Blueberries, the fruit is super sweet and we've had at least 2 dozen berries since we bought the plant 3 months ago. Really looking forward to seeing what next year's Blueberry crop is like

The other canes/bushes we have are Red Current & Black Current but the Raspberry one died so we'll have to start that one again. The only other fruit we've had limited success is an Alpine Strawberry which has sporadically produced some of the tiniest but tastiest Strawberries I have ever tasted but it's a battle to get to them before the slugs do!

I'm hoping to get this lot permanently planted into a raised bed but for now they are all in post in the front garden.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 14 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Finished the hazels yesterday about 25 kg I reckon

Pears in abundance yesterday the best wAs beurre hardy

Also picked almonds yesterday

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 14 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

picked pears from my new tree - invincible. only 6 but at least it isn't entirely 'pears for your heirs'

tai haku



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 14 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

just landed back from holidays to discover a nice crop of almonds ready for picking.

Can anyone advise how best to determine ripeness in asian pears? I only have one which looks awesome but don't want to pick it early!

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 14 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They change to a slightly more golden/brown shade. Ours has got horrible skins but has made really tasty juice

Piggyphile



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Location: Galicia
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 14 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Today Tim and I shared our first ever nut from our new forest garden. A hazel, sweet and lovely, the other one had disappeared, prob a mouse as we haven't seen any squirrels around here. Hoping it is the first of many.

yummersetter



Joined: 26 Jan 2008
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 14 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The Shinseiki asian pears here have been ripe for a week, they've gone from gold to lemon coloured. They've been good to eat for about a month though, starting less sweet and crisp textured, getting sweeter and mellow now.

I have a large tree of Concord pears that had about a hundred fruits a month ago and today I picked the only twelve remaining . . I don't know who's been pinching them, they've been disappearing from the top of the tree downwards so it could be rooks. Not a scrumper, I'd say, as we're usually about and there's no windfalls on the ground. We don't see many squirrels or rats now but maybe they go up the trees in the night. Other pear trees, even with riper crops, untouched.

Another of this year's oddities is the love of the honey bees for the Anna Spath plums. A few seconds after any fruit drop on the ground there are several bees on it, but they've never shown any interest on any of the other fruits in the orchard.

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We see bees on fruit quite a lot in August/September

tai haku



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tahir wrote:
They change to a slightly more golden/brown shade. Ours has got horrible skins but has made really tasty juice


Thanks for that - it turns out it was ripe.....
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....and utterly amazing. I may be biased but it was genuinely far better than I expected.

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 14 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Shop bought ones are just crisp and refreshing home grown have real flavour

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