One of the hazards of using a ‘Rough Mower’ in 100cm tall grass.

One of the hazards of using a ‘Rough Mower’ in 100cm tall grass. Its an age old problem with all mowing or topping of grass fields.

In this case we hit a length of fencing wire in the middle of our field. Not too sure where that came from. But it wrapped itself round the blade, ultimately locking the blade stationary. This with a big puff of smoke, and the smell of rubber being burnt, which then snapped the blade drive belt.

Luckily I had a spare drive belt, but it took nearly 2 hours in total to repair it, in the middle of our field.

Needless to say, this was Saturday afternoon in late July, with the sun beating down, and the temperature touching 30 deg C.

I had never felt so ill with ‘heat stroke’ or ‘sun stroke’. Spent most of Sunday in bed with, wobbly legs, splitting headache and dizziness. Had to take on board a couple of gallons of liquid with paracetamol tablets. A day later I am as right as rain.

Another problem that can also lock the blade drive shaft, is the long lengths of grass can wind themselves up around the shaft. A bit like a tourniquet.

 

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‘Vagabond’ fig variety from Bulgaria – fruiting now 6th Aug 2018

‘Vagabond’ fig variety from Bulgaria – fruiting now 6th Aug 2018

A large growing tree 4-5m tall, but having relatively small figs averaging 25grams, but 100’s of them. One of the best for drying and jam/preserve making.

Now being offered as scions or plants.

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Apricot Plum cross (Biricoccolo) Bolognese harvested 30 July 2018

Apricot Plum cross (Biricoccolo) Bolognese harvested 30 July 2018

The fruit is medium sized, regularly shaped, round or nearly round. The peel is pubescent, thin, delicate and ripe fruit cracks with ease. The flavor is sweet, with notes of apricot subacid. The flesh is yellow, tending to orange, sometimes tinged with red, moderately firm and juicy when fully ripe. Mature on July 10 onwards to end July.

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Plum ‘Biricoccolo Gigante di Budrio’ harvested today 19th Aug 2018

Apricot x Plum ‘Biricoccolo Gigante di Budrio’ harvested today 19th Aug 2018

Not exactly the largest of apricot x plums, the botanical Name is Prunus dasycarpa. It is very sweet and juicy with a high disease resistance. It is always a perfectly round sphere.

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Nectarine – Honey Kist® This is our only fruit for 2018

Nectarine – Honey Kist® This is our only fruit for 2018.

This was newly planted, so we did expect much this year. But the one and only fruit was incredibly sweet and juicy. No tartness. It was a bit small, but then again we have had no rain for 2 months.

We will see how this grows on Montclare rootstock, then we will have a think about regrafting onto VVA1

It is said to be self fertile, and the flowering is late mid season. Developed by Zaiger Genetics. U.S. Plant Patent No. PP9333.

 

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Blackberry – variety ‘Ouachita’ harvesting 28th July 2018

Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) – variety ‘Ouachita’ harvesting now 28th July 2018, sometimes referred to as ‘Quachita’

Easy-to-harvest, plump, sweet and juicy berries. These upright, thornless canes bear high yields of large sized fruit, probably twice the size of a wild blackberry. Early summer-bearing floricane. Heat-tolerant but is hardy to −17° C . Ripens in Late July/August. Self-pollinating.

This variety of blackberry originated from a hand pollinated cross of Navaho × Arkansas. Covered by US patent PP17162

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Cot-N-Candy – Apricot/Plum cross harvesting now end July 2018

Cot-N-Candy – Apricot/Plum cross harvesting now end July 2018.

Despite this variety being listed as being ripe in early September in the the UK, we are now harvesting some today 28th July 2018. It is listed as being ripe in the USA towards the end of June in California. I suspect many UK sellers do not actually ‘grow’ them physically.

But any how the flavour is certainly of an intensely sweet apricot and juicy. I cannot taste any of the plum attributes.

This variety is an Apricot/Plum cross sometimes called an Aprium and Interspecific Apricot. [Apricot×((Plum×Plumcot)×Plumcot)×Apricot]. It was breed in the US by Zaiger Genetics with a US patent no PP17827

 

  • 1. Regular and productive bearer of medium size fruit.
  • 2. Vigorous, semi-spreading tree growth.
  • 3. Fruit having very good flavour and eating quality.
  • 4. Fruit with white flesh.
  • 5. Fruit with an attractive reddish pink blush.
  • 6. Winter chilling requirement approximately 800 hours at or below 45° F / 7° C

 

 

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Walnut – Coble Nos 2 – The biggest nut and crop for 2018

Walnut – Coble Nos 2 – The biggest nut and crop for 2018

This variety fruited for the first time in 2015, every year its crops better. The only problem is sometimes the kernel does not form. But the actual shell size this year is as big as my hand.

Extract from The Society of Ontario Nut Growers

Coble 2- This introduction from Pennsylvania is a very large oval nut, the size of a goose egg. Nuts of this size are usually considered a novelty, because the large size shell is often poorly filled. This selection fills better than most and has a fine sweet flavor even when taken fresh off the tree. It is thin shelled and cracks easily. It is very productive but does have problems with walnut blight and nut fill in some years. It is a protandrous cultivar so it should be paired with ‘Broadview’ or ‘Sejnovo’ for best production. Suited for climate zones 6b-8.

 

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Peach – variety Avalon Pride, juicy and sweet – lovely. End of July 2018

Peach – variety Avalon Pride, juicy and sweet – lovely. Harvest mid of July 2018

When I say juicy and sweet, I really mean it. The juice drips down your face. Considering this variety is being grown outside in a field environment, this is truly outstanding for the UK. It is supposed to be resistant to peach leaf curl, I would say it is more resistant than many other varieties, but it is not 100%.

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Walnut – Hugnuss variety, looks like a bumper 2018 crop

Walnut – Hugnuss variety, looks like a bumper 2018 crop. Even thou the name Hugnuss conjurers up a ‘Huge Nut’, it is not particularly huge.

Also known as ‘Hug’sche Raisin Nut’

The smell of Walnut (Juglans regia) has an essential oil in leaves and fruit peels, keeps flies, fleas, lice, moths, mosquitoes, bugs and other insects away.

The walnut tree is tree of the year Germany 2008 (Trustees Tree of the Year).

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