Well, 9pm last night saw us unwrap the yoghurt and it seems to have a better set than normal. Not quite as good as whole milk but definitely better than my usual way of making it. Also, this time around, I used some of the previously made yoghurt as the starter.
So it would seem that boiling the milk first (I did mine in the microwave) really seems to help. Apparently boiling it seems to release or break down something in the milk enabling the starter to work better. Time will tell if it continues to be so.
We have both been busy in the garden this morning. I am not sure if my tomatoes will make is as the flowers are rotten and falling off as are some of the green tomatoes. The tomatillo plants seem fine and are setting fruit. I have been busy pruning our trained quince tree as it is blocking out too much light. No quinces this year but that is not surprising. Haven't got any plums either and very few apples or pears.
OH has been digging downwards in probably a futile effort to rid us of next door neighbours bamboo thing. Mind you, it was mind to begin with. I didn't like it and thought I had gotten all its roots out. Apparently not. They in turn do like it and a bamboo triffid is now at fence height and migrating back to us. Blasted thing.
Things in the garden in general are at the moment looking particularly yucky! Hopefully some sun will sort them out.
Mind you we are not alone. Monty Don on Gardener's World last night has not had a brilliant time in his vegetable patch nor have the gardeners at Beechwood Grove Gardens.