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Oh, sloe is me

Last year there was not a single sloe to be had anywhere around here, all the bushes were bare of fruit, other than a (very) few shrivelled berries.
I have been mooching around the patches, looking for signs of recovery, but I have found very few, and those that I have found have looked like the ones below, it's not looking good this year either.  
Rena

I've never seen sloe's before. What are they like? Only good when paired with gin?? I don't drink, but have heard of sloe gin.... had no idea what a 'sloe' was until now
sod

Rena wrote:
I've never seen sloe's before. What are they like? Only good when paired with gin?? I don't drink, but have heard of sloe gin.... had no idea what a 'sloe' was until now



Same here    
Pilsbury

I beleive ther ard the fruit of the blackthorn bush, and are remarkably like a blueberry in size and colour.
They are verr tart on their own and the main use is to soak them in gin to iinfuse forva few months.
lizziep

I've not looked yet this year, but last year we had loads around here. Maybe it a localised problem. I made Sloe Gin for the first time last year and gave it as Christmas pressies.
Mo

I have missed making stuff since we moved because I don't have the kitchen space. This Spring I made note of where the blackthorns were as they blossomed so i can go picking in autumn. Your photo makes me think I should go and check the bushes :/
AncientGardener

Mo wrote:
I have missed making stuff since we moved because I don't have the kitchen space. This Spring I made note of where the blackthorns were as they blossomed so i can go picking in autumn. Your photo makes me think I should go and check the bushes :/


I've read somewhere that you should wait until the first frosts before picking them - but then Sloe Gin needs 3 months to 'brew' so this makes it tricky to have it ready in time for Christmas. Life is never easy

I bought 5 Sloe saplings in the early spring. They were all in one pot and took an age before even one of them opened its leaves - I thought the rest were dead. So I left them in the pot and of course now I've 5 all growing well but no doubt all the roots are entangled. Will have to wait until they go dormant I guess and try and separate them.
lizziep

The frost bit is true, but if they are ripe before any frosts you can pick them and freeze them, it works well.
Mo

I was just going to say thet lizziep  

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