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Petra Hoyer Millar
  • Banbury, Oxon
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Has anyone tried drying apples?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mr Sparkles Oct 15, 2011. 10 Replies

I am quite keen to try drying some of our apples. We don't have one of those very fancy dehydrator machines, but am toying with the idea of cutting them up and slow drying them at very low oven…Continue

Tags: Apples

Are your tomatoes bursting?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Petra Hoyer Millar Sep 21, 2011. 5 Replies

I noticed that some of my 'Gardener's Delight' tomatoes are bursting around their middle. They are ripe, but certainly not overripe. Not critical, as they are still tasty and not all seem to be…Continue

Tags: Tomatoes

Which are your favourite home grown apple & pear varieties?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gareth Bannister Sep 1, 2011. 24 Replies

We are working hard to create a new orchard to grow both apples and pears (12 trees in total). There are so many varieties to choose from, which makes the selection process, be it great fun, rather…Continue

Tags: Orchard, Pears, Apples

Mystery Rake

Started this discussion. Last reply by 0zy9g8rn3lo0k Dec 19, 2011. 9 Replies

On last week's episode of Gardeners' World, Monty had a rather efficient looking rake. It looks like a double fronted rake. Despite replaying over and over, I think I misunderstood what he called it.…Continue

Tags: tools, garden, Rake


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Kitchen Garden Rethink: Summer Sowing

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 8:46 0 Comments

There really is no other way of saying it, this year the kitchen garden has been pants. Record breaking hot March weather, subsequent and unremitting torrential rain, persistent cold temperatures, fuming storms, in addition to exceptionally lethal slug vandalism and uncanny pigeon mutilation, amount to the perfect recipe for disaster. With the bulk of painstakingly grown produce mullered, and end of June nearing, one can't help but wonder if there is still a chance to avoid the vegetable…


The Socially Acceptable Kitchen Garden: Fruit & Veg Snobbery

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:01 6 Comments

Is our progressive hankering to grow the socially admirable, ‘remarkable’ produce, in fact detrimental to taste, where so dubbed ‘ordinary’ varieties, would have shined? Read article here...

Jostaberry: Last Chance Saloon

Posted on March 11, 2012 at 10:32 0 Comments

Meet our rather adventurous 2009 purchase, Rubus Nidigrolaria; the Jostaberry. Developed in Europe, the Jostaberry is a thornless cross between the Blackcurrant and the Gooseberry. Results to date have been poor to say the least. This, the Olympic year, is its last chance to determine its future; compost heap or eternal sorbet/crumble rich, prospects.

Facelifted espalier apple trees

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 8:31 0 Comments

Our very aged espalier apple trees have just received their first summer pruning, the start of our attempt to bring them back to their intended shape. We have a long way to go yet, but after their initial cut, they do look quite a picture. For those interested to read more, see

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At 10:20pm on March 15, 2011, Jan Willetts gave Petra Hoyer Millar a gift
Hi Petra , welcome to the site. Visiting Rousham on April 18th with my garden history group from Kelmarsh Hall in Northants!
At 17:43 on March 18, 2011, Mark Willis said…
Hi Petra; Thanks very much for the Gift and the birthday wishes.
At 1:13pm on April 07, 2011, Una Bee gave Petra Hoyer Millar a gift
Thanks for your advice. The Japanese wineberry has now been planted and it looks gorgeous! :)

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