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by JoseyJo
Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower cordial advice
Replies: 9
Views: 2674

Re: Elderflower cordial advice

Thanks Green Aura. I have decided the third cordial is fine - in fact my OH prefers it to the first lot, so maybe the difference is due to the sweetness. The second lot is still fermenting away in my fridge... I keep releasing bits of CO2. I don't want to waste it, but not sure how it'll turn out. B...
by JoseyJo
Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower cordial advice
Replies: 9
Views: 2674

Elderflower cordial advice

Hello, A couple of questions about elderflower cordial.... I have made 3 batches this year - I used almost the same recipe but slightly different methods. Recipe - 20ish heads, 2 litres water, 1kg sugar (750g in last batch), 2-3 lemons. Anyway - the first batch was good - I made the sugar syrup but ...
by JoseyJo
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: comfrey in ground or pot?
Replies: 11
Views: 2404

Re: comfrey in ground or pot?

Ok great, a patch down at the allotment then I think!
by JoseyJo
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dried tomatoes
Replies: 16
Views: 4055

Re: Dried tomatoes

Great idea for tomatoes! I was planning on trying to make some stock powder by dehydrating carrots/onions/other mixed veg/herbs, as per this recipe http://talesofakitchen.com/raw/homemade-veggie-stock-powder-raw-vegan/ I'll report back if it works! Although I'm sure dehydrators which blow air over t...
by JoseyJo
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: comfrey in ground or pot?
Replies: 11
Views: 2404

comfrey in ground or pot?

I'm thinking of planting some comfrey to use as mulch/make comfrey tea fertilizer. I have read that it can go a bit mad and take over! So wondering whether to plant it in the ground - either in garden or allotment - or in pots. If I plant in pots, I suppose the amount of nutrients it accumulates wil...
by JoseyJo
Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?
Replies: 18
Views: 3857

Re: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?

Thanks Ojay, I'm a mulching novice so quite happy for you to go on!
by JoseyJo
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?
Replies: 18
Views: 3857

Re: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?

ok - what would be the best thing to mulch with....?
by JoseyJo
Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Any raspberry experts?
Replies: 16
Views: 3685

Re: Any raspberry experts?

Ok thanks, being the lazy sort I mighty try the cut right back option first and if that doesn't improve things next year I could remove them then!
by JoseyJo
Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?
Replies: 18
Views: 3857

Re: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?

Could under-watering be the cause of brown leaf in a tree grown in the ground (3 yrs old)? I must admit I'm not very good at watering it, and the ground does seem very dry around it....
by JoseyJo
Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Any raspberry experts?
Replies: 16
Views: 3685

Re: Any raspberry experts?

Following this with interest... we have a large clump of very overgrown raspberries inherited with the allotment - I have no idea how old they are. The fruit is quite scarce considering the size of the clump, and comparing to the yield from a much smaller 3 yr old clump in our garden. What fruit the...
by JoseyJo
Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:23 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?
Replies: 18
Views: 3857

Re: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?

Ok thanks! I'm not good at patience :lol:
by JoseyJo
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Yes!! An allotment has finally come up
Replies: 27
Views: 4925

Re: Yes!! An allotment has finally come up

Hi Runnerbean, We've found that covering the weeds has worked really well on our plot, when the covering was removed 6 months to a year later there were next to no weeds - just a few pale green straggly looking things which were easily removed. Saved a lot of time and also saved my back! We've done ...
by JoseyJo
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Too late to fertilise pear trees now?
Replies: 18
Views: 3857

Too late to fertilise pear trees now?

I have a 3 year old pear tree in the garden and we haven't yet had fruit we can eat from it. First year it flowered but didn't fruit. Last year we bought another tree and both flowered, the older one had fruit, but the leaves went brown and the fruit didn't develop nicely. This year only the older t...
by JoseyJo
Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Help with wine
Replies: 5
Views: 1093

Re: Help with wine

Great, thanks :icon_smile:
by JoseyJo
Fri Jun 20, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Help with wine
Replies: 5
Views: 1093

Re: Help with wine

Ok Thanks, glad to hear I might not have ruined it! I was just surprised because it bubbling so fast before I racked it. I did taste it and it did taste dry, so much that I thought I might add some sugar for flavour. Maybe I should add the sugar now and see what happens with fermentation? Would a su...