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Minimum pricing for cider is a rotten apple

July 21 2018

If there is one place in Britain where I suspect the Scottish Government is the No 1 pet hate, it is in Cornwall and the West Country. Why? Because their minimum pricing policy has effectively decimated sales of cider in Scotland. A two-litre bottle of supermarket’s-own cider has spiralled from £2 to £5 (that’s 150%) and canned ciders have also suffered crippling price rises.

Gardening

Harvesting the autumn crop

October 14 2017

There was a time when the autumn harvest was all about potatoes and apples, but there are so many new crops and new types of existing crops that we are spoilt for choice as to what to pick, leave a bit longer or even take a chance with crops left in the ground in case we get yet another mild winter.

Gardening

Late spring garden update

April 29 2017

This must be the driest April for a long time. Scotland gets rain in the west, and the north, but seems to miss the Tayside region.

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