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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:35 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I've spent the morning in the orchards trying to prop some of my trees up. Some of them are so heavily laden with fruit that their branches are bending, fit to break. Its early in the season yet and the fruit can only get heavier. If I can get them past the next few months without too much damage too them, then I'm going to have to seriously reassess my winter pruning. The branches at the moment are too long and spindly.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are having the same problem on a smaller scale.

Pruning got neglected last year.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're in the same position - due mainly to being greedy and not removing most of the fruit from a young tree, last year, so this year had to give it maypole support to lift the branches.






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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that's a great method to support the fruit!

I agree, the fruit this year has been heavy ( apart from a couple of biennial buggers).

I've resorted to using those iron rods with a crook head, similar to the old walking sticks to support heavily laden branches.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A local Learing Disability group run both a gardening project and a cycle recycling project, occasionally they combine the two:
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the look of that
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took a 140 75cl bottles of apple juice to the Tudweliog show today and sold out in just over three hours.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations - That must of been one thirsty customer!  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went there fully expecting to be hauling most of them back, it was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So bdooly cross.

I'd popped my grafted apple trees (in their pots) outside just the other day in a sheltered nursery bed, and I was just out putting the hens to bed, and the wind has snapped off 2 of the grafts.  So now Im down to 3 trees - Ive put them back into the polytunnel, but Im really angry at myself.

Didnt stake them, did I?

All that waiting and nurturing!
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's one for the all cider makers on here.

Assembled in seconds, slot together, flat pack for storage, plywood barrel stillage.

Alas, not my idea, but spotted by me on the Green Jack Brewery Facebook Page


I think they look good, are rather niffty, sturdy, hard wearing, economical to make, easy to handle and store, and each one holds up to 4 kegs.



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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What sort of weight will they take? My barrels hold 55 gallons and as a pint of water weighs a pound and a quarter and their are eight pints in a gallon, then you can see what I'm getting at.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those stillages shown in the photo each hold 4 X 15.5 gallon stainless steel kegs which is 62 gallons plus the weight of the kegs.

So, redesigned to take a single 55 gallon barrel instead of 4 kegs should not present too much of an issue, but you will still need all 4 horizontals as shown to stop the sides from splaying out.


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