Saturday, 25 July 2020

Fruit

Having cut the arch bit off the two plum trees due to them not growing right, the remaining plums are ripening lovely. One variety is Victoria, the other Czar. Victoria is the more prolific and is what is mainly in this bowl. This is our 3rd picking and weighs about 2 1/4lb:
There is probably another 1/2 bowl left to harvest. The weekend we were away visiting family, the birds swooped in and started pecking some. We harvested as many as we could to finish ripening indoors, cutting off the bits they had pecked and cooking what was left for safety.

The wasps have now found them so the last few will also be harvested as soon as possible. Not bad for two 6' column trees!

We started to tackle the front garden yesterday, just the inner circle. I was being quite ruthless but our council gardening bin is now full so we will have to wait for that to be emptied in another week. All the outside edges will be thinned just as much, then next year, thinned again. Hopefully then, although more sparse, it will be more manageable.

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  1. It sounds like you are really cracking on with things. Have you got the space to stack trimmings and pruning somewhere until the bin is empty? I only ask because once things are pulled up/chopped off etc they tend to diminish in size as they die off and whither, then you would have even more room in the bin next time. It's the fresh trimmings that take up so much space.

    I'm probably telling my grannie how to suck eggs so I'll slope silently off now ;-)

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    1. An old patio we no longer use could be used. It will be dug up as part of this long term process. If we get going today, maybe a tarp so we can put it somewhere dry as heavy rain is forecast. I must take a picture before I start this huge process!

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    2. Sue is right. We've dug up a huge section of lawn and it been piled high while waiting for a skip. It was dry as a bone by the time it went in the skip.

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  2. The plums look amazing.
    xx

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    1. They taste amazing as well considering most have to ripen on the windowsill.

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  3. Glad you managed to salvage the plums before the birds got them, they look delicious.

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    1. They are. The last underripe and slightly smaller ones harvested this morning as yet more pecked ones were on the floor.

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  4. My son brought over his shredding machine for us to use for a day on our hedge and elderberry tree cuttings. It reduce 15 wheelbarrow loads down to just two that could be mixed in the compost bin. Hard work but saved a lot of bonfires etc!

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    1. That must be a Godsend. We got a bit more in the compost bin, the rest will be laid out as we cut back to dry out when the rain has finished again.

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