Recent content by Wayland.

  1. Wayland.

    Cider anyone?

    Hi Jancas. We have just finished this years pressing and despite the prolonged drought the yield was up on last year. We got about 40 gals of fine quality brew. Very pleased. I keep bees and so have made mead, but have not done very well with it. Probably because I cant wait that long before I...
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    Potato Harvest

    Thats a decent looking crop. Which varieties did you plant? We are also growing this years maincrop in a raised bed but trying out the No-dig method. They have looked great all summer and I will give them another month so fingers crossed.
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    Question Jalapenos / chillies!

    Planning what and how much to grow at the beginning of the season is a fun time for us. The problem is we cannot predict the seasons to come and the effect it would have on our harvest. This year is a case in point. Drought! yes, here in Ireland! With a hosepipe ban in place it has been bit of a...
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    Cider anyone?

    Cider production is now well under way. The last batch will get to 9% so some interesting nights by the fire with Sibelius and Beethoven are in the offing. Do any of you lads ( sorry ladies, lads have no gender meaning here in Ireland) brew your own beer/ wine etc.? With all that tropical fruit...
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    Quail advise needed.

    Well things have quieted down a bit since the Quail have been put in the new run so himself is still around. I am surprised at how nasty these little birds can be. I was thinking about getting some of the larger Bob Whites but having read that they are the Quail equivalent to junk yard dogs, I...
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    Modern Bee Keeping.

    It is getting near the end of the season here in Ireland, just the Ivy to crop then we will be shutting down for the winter. I need to add another super just incase the Ivy crops well so I need to get some more frames etc. I see that the new "Top Bar" hives are getting popular and was wondering...
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    Quail advise needed.

    Thanks for thar David. I am just finishing a new outside pen for them, so hoping the greatly increased escape area with branches and other hidey holes, perhaps the rooster will soon get out of breath with all that chasing about. I have not yet killed the rooster but he lives alone. I will...
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    Quail advise needed.

    We have trouble at mill. We have been running a young rooster with six hens. All seemed well until yesterday. I found one of my hens with severe head injuries. She may not survive if, she does she has lost an eye at least. I am new to keeping Quail and would appreciate some advice. Should I not...
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    Cider anyone?

    After Googling Dorset apples I can see why it is popular in the Subtropics. It would seem that the best pollinator is "Anna" which was developed in Israel. Hope this helps.
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    Cider anyone?

    Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your apple tree ClissAT. I am not familiar with the Dorset. I shall google it later and see what the craic is. Twenty years makes for a usufall mature tree. If you can find what is the best pollinator is, I would suggest you graft it onto the Dorset...
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    Cider anyone?

    I didn't know that you are also experiencing drought. We have not had such a summer for seventy years. So seventy years ago it was worse. So just a cycle then. Well Japan recorded its highest temperature ever! France has just experienced major flash flooding after yet another drought. So global...
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    Cider anyone?

    As autumn approaches here in the northern hemisphere our thoughts turn to the apple harvest and CIDER! We have been making "Rough" since I was a lad and it is always a time to look forward to. Despite the drought (yes thats right, a drought in Ireland) The trees have held up well by and large...
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    Quails

    Many thanks for the interesting ideas. Leaf mulch sounds good. Cheers.
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    Quails

    Our A&M`s grow apace but their white feathers are developing brown patches, so I guess they are a bit cross breed. I like the zip tie idea. That's one to remember:thumbsup:. I am thinking that I should sort out some sort of mulch for the new run, which is nearly finished. The stuff that Mark...
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    Quails

    I am also a complete novice at keeping Quail. We are on our second hatch now with A&M`s. As I have only one outside run, can we mix different age groups. I have a notion to wait until the second batch reaches maturity.