Fruit Harvest

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  1. CanadianLori

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    @Scrungee I pressure cook my crabapples. Put a cup or so water into the pot and then pile in the crabapples. 10 minutes later, they are mush and under the grate (I use a round cake cooling rack in the bottom) is plenty of juice to filter for jelly.
     
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    • Logan

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      Having a good harvest of cooking apples this year. Picked 30lb so far, all go in the freezer if i can find room. Had so many redcurrants had to leave a lot on the bushes. The blackberries are coming to an end.
       
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      Very few recurrants this year and no black currants at all, but we had to prune back a bit last year , they had done well before though.

      Black berries have been good my problem is keeping them reigned in, these are the thornless variety from B&M and grow rapidly.

      My dwarf allele trees were rubbish due to the lack of rain, also me being not able to water them sufficiently.

      Marrows and pumpkin did very well, as did runner beans.
       
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        About 2.5kg of mini kiwi picked yesterday.
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        Will need ripening indoors to reach that honey sweet, soft and squishy stage.
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        Here they were moments before.
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        I've never heard of mini kiwi, how interesting. Are the easy to grow?
         
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        Mini kiwi are quite easy to grow, zilly.

        The variety I grow is called Issai and is self fertile so does not need a pollinating partner like other varieties do in order to produce fruit.

        I grow it in a big black polypropylene bin, drilled for drainage, filled with 20kg of course gravel at the bottom to act as ballast and as drainage.

        I used a 1:10 sharp sand and spent compost mix (basically, whatever was at hand at the time) for the growing medium but would consider adding top soil as I find it dries out too quickly.

        The watering requirements are at least 2L a day and increasing to 4-6L during the height of summer when they are beginning to set fruit.

        Feed using Fish, Blood & Bone fertilizer twice a year. Suppliment with liquid feed at half strength once a week if you observe that this is not enough - the plant will exhibit symptoms of yellowing and a general sickly appearance.

        From a rooted cutting, it will take about three years for it to produce fruit.
         
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          We now have picked all the Court Pendu Plat, Crown Gold,Suntan and Catshead (those we can reach) There are still the Ashmeads to go. So how many kilos? Say 200 kilos.
           
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          Collected over 16 Kgs of Wallnuts from the local 'wild' trees, about £100's worth at Tesco prices.

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            Are they ready to eat, or do you have to dry them off or something?
             
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            Even the ones without any outer casing adhering to the shells needed placing in a stack of plastic mushroom boxes a couple of nuts deep to dry out, or the shells (and kernels) go mouldy if put straight into baskets. We've already shelled and eaten (raw + cookies) about 1 Kg, going to give away some whole nuts and work through shelling the rest, probably freezing plenty to ensure the last.

            Best year I can remember since we found the trees about 17 years ago.
             
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