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Henry Jabel

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This is still my favourite 'unusual' fruit but these are pretty good too:

Honeyberry:Blueberry like without the need for very acid soil
Japanese Wineberry:Raspberry like but sweeter.
Chuckleberry: A very productive large blackcurrant like fruit. Its a cross of several Ribes species.
Cultivated sea buckthorn varieties: Mary and Sunny are good, kind of like a sour orange juice. Much more palatable than the wild version.
Cornus Kousa:I think it tastes v good but the fruit is on the small side. I tried a customer's tree so wether my Chinesis variety will have larger fruit remains to be seen.
Aronia:Tastes nice to begin with but v astringent, goes well with other fruits and cream though. My Polish partner says the ones I have are much nicer than the wild ones in Poland so I would make sure to get a cultivar.

Here are some more I am looking into or waiting for them to fruit in my garden:

Luma apiculata: Chilean/Argentine Myrtle
Myrteola nummularia:Another Chilean/Argentine Myrtle
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1 month ago
Thank you Charles, look forward to trying them out next season. Thank you for all your informative videos.
1 month ago
They are one of my favourite fruits now, they grow really well here in U.K as they grow in the south of Chile, my Chilean friend had never seen or heard of them so they obviously don't get a far north as Santiago. I have a few 'normal' plants and two named cultivars 'Flambeau' and 'Butterball' that are meant to be ornamental but they have not fruited so far (probably due to there younger age). There is a cultivar called Ka-pow which is bred for the fruit but seems to be out of stock whenever I check for it.

There is also a close relative Ugni myricoides that grows better in hotter climates. I tried to grow these from seed (I thought it might be fun to try to make a hybrid) but I probably didn't give them enough attention and they all died on me.
1 month ago
Primabella tomato is definately on my shopping list after this years weather, can you recommend any more blight resistant varieties?
2 months ago
I got some tape from Ebay though I have heard of people using cut strips of plastic/freezer bag and it working just fine. Grafting wax I have also seen on there too and but I use a beeswax candle.
2 months ago
I have 'copper' tools but actually they are bronze and the only company I know that makes bronze tools are PKS so I will talk about my experience with their tools. I really wish I didn't like them as they are crazy expensive but they are all I use in my gardening job now.

This could be due to the craftsmanship rather than the material but they do cut heavy clay vastly better than any other high quality steel tools I have used. There have been situations where a boring tiring slog using the steel spade was barely any effort by comparison using the bronze and I am not the only person that has noticed this.  They are light which makes working less tiring and are obviously corrosion resistant which is handy if you are prone to forgetfullness like me.

They don't kill slugs without some lethal force! Some people suggest they discourage slugs over time and although I have less slugs now than when I arrived here I can't really say it was the tools.

Can't really comment on wether they help things grow better or not. Personally I think there are too many more important variables outside of this issue to get a clear result anyway.
2 months ago
Stinging nettles would be the plant I would go for, useful for lots of other things too.
2 months ago

Jay Mullaky wrote:
One reason why I want to put them in the tunnel is to get them going early, this side of the pond your lucky if their is any growth by the end of March   I also think a few friends would be interested in the dwarf for their gardens and I may even try to sell a few.

The mossy area I mentioned really isn't that wet, we don't use fertilizer on the land only what the sheep provide with their manure and this area just never had sheep on it . I will also be digging a pretty deep hole and filling it with some stone for soakage and I have a neighbours shed full of manure so they should be sound.



That time frame sounds perfectly normal to me. So unless you are really racing to be first to market I don't really see the point.

I would not dig down and add manure and stones. People add stones and broken ceramic bits to pot plants it doesnt help in pots so I have no reason to believe it will help in the ground. Adding water impervious stones I think would only make the situation worse especially if you are on clay. I would not add any ammendment in the hole itself or the roots can circle and not spread out properly over time. When you add the manure just leave it on the surface like would happen naturally when animals graze, worms will digest it and take it down to the root layer and excrete it in a better form for the trees to take up.

Build up if you think it will be waterlogged at some stage in the season but it sounds like you might be alright with that.
2 months ago
The only option might be if you have access to a local organic farm who would be willing to sell you some manure maybe you could compost it with some straw.

You can buy compost direct from 'green waste bin' composters for cheap/free but considering I now know first hand type of stuff people put on thier lawns (2 4-D etc) I would not encourage it.
2 months ago
I don't see the benefit of putting the apples in a tunnel myself. I think it might make your mild west of Ireland climate too mild and your trees will blossom too early for most pollinators to be around. I could be wrong and if they are in pots you could take them out I suppose. However I always think trees in pots should be avoided if possible. If wind is an issue build a big ol' windbreak hedge and earth berm then you can save your tunnel for something more exotic.

James Grieve, Dabinett and Beauty of Bath are all good choices I think. Dabinett makes a good single variety cider too. Collins I have not heard of and Jonared might be Jonagold which is also a good apple.

Where the moss and rushes are might be too wet for an apple tree unless you build up some soil and plant the tree on top of that mound of earth. Even then it sounds like a better spot to put a pear tree as they prefer wetter conditions than apples.

Other early apples to consider could be 'discovery' and 'irish peach' though you already have the early 'beauty of bath' and like all early one they don't keep so well. I think you would be better off with a later season longer keeping variety like 'ashmeads kernel' or 'Lord Hindlip'.

This website is useful for choosing varieties by various criteria if you don't like my suggestions. More of an emphasis on U.K varieties that should do better in Ireland than something you might read off an American or Aussie site.
2 months ago