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kiteless

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90 months

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Hortonwood

The back end of that field is sloe.

Come October, I'm not sure there's enough gin in the country to cope!


Mobile Chicane

17,861 posts

98 months

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Now's the time to get out there looking wink

Puggit

33,318 posts

134 months

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Almost!


FurtiveFreddy

4,943 posts

123 months

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I'd heard the sloe crop wasn't going to be good this year (presumably weather-related). Anyone got evidence to support this?

otolith

26,046 posts

90 months

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It's looking pretty ropey on the bushes in my area. It's been a crap year for the fruit trees in my garden too.
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Puggit

33,318 posts

134 months

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Looks fine, here in Berkshire. The bush in our front hedge certainly has more fruit than last year :thumup:

madbadger

10,140 posts

130 months

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Friday 14th September 2012 quote quote all
There are a few out there. Not checked my 'best' bushes yet.

Bill

32,033 posts

141 months

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otolith said:
It's looking pretty ropey on the bushes in my area. It's been a crap year for the fruit trees in my garden too.
Agreed on both counts.

Podie

41,510 posts

161 months

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Friday 14th September 2012 quote quote all
Found some 2009 vintage the other day. lick Dang, it was goooooooooooooood.

Puggit

33,318 posts

134 months

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Calamity - my squash court sized bush had a tiny amount of berries on it frown

Japveesix

2,321 posts

54 months

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Sunday 16th September 2012 quote quote all
FurtiveFreddy said:
I'd heard the sloe crop wasn't going to be good this year (presumably weather-related). Anyone got evidence to support this?
Looking genuinely terrible in the areas I normally tend to pick, though not checked everywhere yet.

Found some bushes that have one or two tiny little dried up sloes on and not much else. Hopefully get some proper ones from somewhere in the next few weeks smile

Mobile Chicane

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Japveesix said:
FurtiveFreddy said:
I'd heard the sloe crop wasn't going to be good this year (presumably weather-related). Anyone got evidence to support this?
Looking genuinely terrible in the areas I normally tend to pick, though not checked everywhere yet.

Found some bushes that have one or two tiny little dried up sloes on and not much else. Hopefully get some proper ones from somewhere in the next few weeks smile
I've got a blackthorn hedge in the garden I'd normally get a Kg of sloes from.

This year, there isn't a single sloe on it frown

FurtiveFreddy

4,943 posts

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Mobile Chicane said:
I've got a blackthorn hedge in the garden I'd normally get a Kg of sloes from.

This year, there isn't a single sloe on it frown
Blimey! We were thinking of planting some ourselves, but maybe that's not such a good idea.

Took a look at our local sloe plantation today and it's not looking too bad, but they're not as good as last year. Just need to work out when the right time is to pick as I have a feeling they're going to be gone if we leave it until the first frost.


Puggit

33,318 posts

134 months

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Going to be some cold nights this week - could be a frost in rural areas...

Mobile Chicane

17,861 posts

98 months

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FurtiveFreddy said:
Mobile Chicane said:
I've got a blackthorn hedge in the garden I'd normally get a Kg of sloes from.

This year, there isn't a single sloe on it frown
Blimey! We were thinking of planting some ourselves, but maybe that's not such a good idea.

Took a look at our local sloe plantation today and it's not looking too bad, but they're not as good as last year. Just need to work out when the right time is to pick as I have a feeling they're going to be gone if we leave it until the first frost.

Do plant some blackthorn in your hedge. It looks good and is impenetrable to burglars.

You don't need masses of it either - mine's blended with berberis, cotoneaster and flowering currant to give contrasting colours, textures, and autumn berries.

kiteless

7,042 posts

90 months

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Sunday 16th September 2012 quote quote all
That field? The location of which I posted back in April in Hortonwood?

cry

Nothing of consequence. Even the small but usually plentiful bushes where we walk the pooch are looking bereft.

It's just as well the cherries from Hortonwood are doing their stuff in i) the cherry brandy DJ and ii) have done their stuff in 2 gallons of cherry wine just bottled smile


otolith

26,046 posts

90 months

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Cycled 20 miles of quiet lanes and bridleways today, keeping an eye out for sloes. I think I can find enough, but I'm going to have to cover a lot of bushes.

FurtiveFreddy

4,943 posts

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Mobile Chicane said:
Do plant some blackthorn in your hedge. It looks good and is impenetrable to burglars.

You don't need masses of it either - mine's blended with berberis, cotoneaster and flowering currant to give contrasting colours, textures, and autumn berries.
Where did you get your blackthorns from and how mature were they when you planted them? I understand they're slow-growing, is that right?

Puggit

33,318 posts

134 months

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FurtiveFreddy said:
Mobile Chicane said:
Do plant some blackthorn in your hedge. It looks good and is impenetrable to burglars.

You don't need masses of it either - mine's blended with berberis, cotoneaster and flowering currant to give contrasting colours, textures, and autumn berries.
Where did you get your blackthorns from and how mature were they when you planted them? I understand they're slow-growing, is that right?
I've got some young bushes growing in the border in front of our house (which separates us from a playground) - it's not growing like bamboo but it's not very slow either. Just had a google for some more and this site looks cheap! http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/Blackthorn-Sloe-Pru... (no connection etc!)

FurtiveFreddy

4,943 posts

123 months

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Puggit said:
I've got some young bushes growing in the border in front of our house (which separates us from a playground) - it's not growing like bamboo but it's not very slow either. Just had a google for some more and this site looks cheap! http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/Blackthorn-Sloe-Pru... (no connection etc!)
We live next to a school and that's exactly what we want to do. Thanks, I think we'll be planting some this winter. Just hope they can cope our terrible soil!
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