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Fruit and Nut growing experiences (trials and tribulations)

‘Belle Epine’ Sweet Chestnut (Castanea Sativa) harvesting 7th October 2018

‘Belle Epine’ Sweet Chestnut (Castanea Sativa) harvesting 7th October 2018 Fruiting can start 2-3 years but 4-5 is normal. Productivity is quite good because of very high fertility of female flowers. Male flowers 20 June to 2 July, female flowers … Continue reading

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Harvesting Sweet Chestnut (Castanea crenata x Castanea sativa) – ‘‘Marigoule’’ 5th Oct 2018

Harvesting Sweet Chestnut (Castanea crenata x Castanea sativa) – ‘‘Marigoule’’ 5th Oct 2018. A very prolific cropper this year, with masses of large nuts. As the burrs were more brown, the spines were a lot more spikey. Take care in … Continue reading

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Harvesting Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) – ‘‘Judia’’ 5th Oct 2018

We are just harvesting Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) – Judia, today 5th Oct 2018. We have got to beat the squirrels, mind you they do find it tough going with all those spines. Some of the nuts are still a … Continue reading

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Walnut – var Sejnovo – Beginning to drop 10th September 2018

Walnut – var Sejnovo – Beginning to drop 10th September 2018 (Very Early). There are a number of spelling variations Sejnovo or Chenovo or Sheinovo. Originating in Serbia or Bulgaria for its walnut blight resistance. Flowering period: May. Fruits medium-sized, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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