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by gray_bale
Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pruning
Replies: 8
Views: 2583

Re: Pruning

As a side issue, I have never understood how anyone can sell books for a 1p. I have bought lots of good gardening books that way.
by gray_bale
Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Treatment for cherry fly worms in the cherries
Replies: 10
Views: 6044

Re: Treatment for cherry fly worms in the cherries

I always make my own Bordeaux mixture up. As a proprietary bought pre mixed tin costs a lot. Whereas the chemicals that go into it are so cheap.
by gray_bale
Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Treatment for cherry fly worms in the cherries
Replies: 10
Views: 6044

Re: Treatment for cherry fly worms in the cherries

Yes, it is calcium hydroxide, I use it on the trees and mix it with copper sulphate for the vineyard, it kind of works suppressing the bugs on the trees, That sounds similar to Bordeaux mixture to me. Measure out 6 ½ teaspoons of copper sulphate and 3 tablespoons of hydrated lime. The lime should b...
by gray_bale
Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Our first quinces
Replies: 16
Views: 5666

Re: Our first quinces

Some quinces can be eaten fresh, namely Smyrna and Pineapple-Aromatnaya.

They are still very gritty, but perfectly edible when very ripe.
by gray_bale
Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Anybody been to Brogdale lately ??
Replies: 2
Views: 1492

Re: Anybody been to Brogdale lately ??

Ditto for me, its about 200 miles away. But its a bit of a Mecca for fruit tree connoisseurs. So its about time I went.

But I do not want to waste a day, without being prepared in whatever way possible.
by gray_bale
Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Anybody been to Brogdale lately ??
Replies: 2
Views: 1492

Anybody been to Brogdale lately ??

Is it worth a visit. Any do and don'ts.
by gray_bale
Mon May 28, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: apricot seeds
Replies: 8
Views: 2261

Re: apricot seeds

On a similar vein, I remember reading many years ago that apple pips were also poisonous with cyanide, but you would need to eat a whole cup full to have any reaction. Also that orange peel was used for wine making and the alcohol produced actually dissolved the waxy oil they were treat with on the ...
by gray_bale
Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: slightly off topic - pond liner problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

slightly off topic - pond liner problem

I have a pond that came with the house. The pond now has a leak. I know the leak is on a fold.

But after +10years, how do I know whether the liner is PVC or Butyl.

Would I still expect butyl to still be rubbery and stretchable ?

Any advice
by gray_bale
Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cherries & Plums, though I think I know what the answer will
Replies: 6
Views: 2457

Re: Cherries & Plums, though I think I know what the answer

It very much depends on the variety and location (where in the UK and where in the garden) About 50% of my almonds are now in flower, and they are in an north facing open field. Whereas my one almond up against a wall with wind protection and in full sunlight has been in flower for over a week. The ...
by gray_bale
Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: I cannot get any waste wooden pallets anymore ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2891

I cannot get any waste wooden pallets anymore ?

Does anyone else have the same problems. Been to my normal factories to pick up any waste wooden pallets. This time I have been told that I cannot pick any up, as they are liable for a £1000 fine. It would seem I do not have a waste carrier license and they I do not have a waste processors license. ...
by gray_bale
Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: my first apple tree
Replies: 12
Views: 3630

Re: my first apple tree

Hi there - Do you mean Frank Matthews in Tenbury Wells ?? as he is wholesale only. He supplies 'Trees for Life' as his trade mark and supplies throu garden centers.
by gray_bale
Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: my first apple tree
Replies: 12
Views: 3630

Re: my first apple tree

Its not the type of cherry (or variety) its the rootstock its grown upon, you need to be concerned about in a small garden. Most are grown on Colt or Gisela5 rootstocks. There are others but they are not widely available. Colt will produce a tree up to 3m to 5m ish tall, whereas a Gisela5 will be ab...
by gray_bale
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: 'Wild' yellow Plums !!
Replies: 11
Views: 6057

Re: 'Wild' yellow Plums !!

If they are very very small (say max 15mm dia) then they are probably Mirabelle plums.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirabelle_plum
by gray_bale
Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Wood from woods!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 8671

Re: Wood from woods!!!

Yes my woods are covered by a CSS Countryside Stewardship Scheme As part of my agreement with DEFRA now FERA is that all natural fallen trees must be left laying there, as long as not causing a hazard or is likely to cause a hazard in the future. Different however if I was to chop a trees down thou,...
by gray_bale
Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Advice or recommendations for petrol tiller ?
Replies: 3
Views: 837

Advice or recommendations for petrol tiller ?

I have only had limited use of a 2 stroke mantis tiller. Which I found it to be ideal. The only problem is that it just did not last, maybe because I used it hard on heavy clay, and it became dam hard to start and keep running, then finally it gave up. OK I it was second hand so maybe it was on its ...