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Avocado trees

Hello Ross, I have a Pinkerton Avo in a pot and they (like a lot of other trees) seem to shed their old leaves just before or as they put out new leaves. Mine at the moment is starting to put out new leaves and flowers. I wouldn't worry about what is happening to the old leaves as long as the tree sends out new leaves soon. I water mine deeply once a week at this time of year and about twice a  week in the warmer months. Last year I got 3 avos which were great. I hope that this increases as time goes on. I also have a Rincon dwarf Avo next to the Pinkerton, and for some reason this is flowering at the same time as the Pinkerton this year, usually it flowers a few weeks after the Pinkerton has stopped. I have never had fruit from the Rincon  - maybe this year! I also had a Wurtz dwarf type but this died. I have a Sharwil in a wheelie bin. I bought this because it is supposed to be a pollinator for the dwarf types, but I have yet to get flowers on it (in its third year) so with no flowers It can't pollinate anything. It is putting out new leaves right now so maybe it will also flower soon. I will be interested to find out what pollinated your tree if indeed it does get fruit. Although I have a productive bee hive  and get native bees from the bush around my flowers, I have never seen either a honey bee or a native bee around the Avo flowers. It seem that the only pollinators that like Avo flowers are ants, moths/ butterflies, and the occasional small solitary bees.9779323279?profile=original The Sharwil below    

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Chocolateer - plotting the journey.

In my views, artisan skills are exactly that - the combine an art form and a skill to create a wonderful product.  The skill without the art is necessary but not sufficient. 

Everyone knows that I do love my artisan skills, and do my best to practice quite a few.  However, I don't want people thinking that you can watch a few youtube clips and then produce better than shop bought quality. You need to acquire the skill and the art (which is what most shop bought produce lacks). 

I'll use this thread to map my progress towards gaining the skill of chocolateer.  

Post 1: the dreaded first attempt

Hours and hours of youtube/google research in place.  

Select what looks to be a good recipe. 

Buy ingredients - ensure they are of high quality (learned that from the cheese making).

Put the attempt off because I know it may well fail.

Sunday night - can't put it off any more because it's back to work tomorrow.  

Have a crack. 

I am amazed!  They look really good - shiny, dark (used dark Cocoa) and well moulded. Bloody hell. They look professional.  

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Get too scared to try them.  Eventually crack and taste. 

* F A I L ! ! !  *

Jeez - they taste like a diet chocolate.  No depth, no creaminess or fullness (otherwise, the taste itself is okay).

Bugga.  *Andy goes off to find out what went wrong*

Stayed tuned to this channel folks.  I think I've worked it out.  I'll have another crack and post the results as soon as I get the chance.  How could something so pretty have gone so wrong??!!!

 

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