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I have been neglecting this site lately so thought I would share some growing tips with you today. I am meant to be spending my lunch break sorting out the finances, but as usual I would rather do anything but that. Growing apricots is an excellent diversion. We can talk about Rustic Pikey finances another time.

I got some apricots the other day for 9p (do visit supermarkets late in the evenings before they close - we also got celery, rocket and grapes for pence as well). After eating the apricots I figured it would be pretty cool to grow some but I didn't know how. I found a good blog showing how it's done but the description was even more long-winded than even I can be after a pint or so of wine.

The simple technique is:
1. Buy cheap apricots and eat them.
2. Save the pips, and dry them out for a few days. They are meant to be ready when they rattle. Mine never rattled but I got bored after 5 days so decided to do step 3; which is...
3. Wrap them in a tea towel and bash them with a hammer (not too hard, you need the seed inside intact).
4. Discard shells and put the seeds in a bowl of water. They stay in there for 3 days. Change the water daily. Keep them out of the way of pikelets and pets as they're toxic.
5. Wrap them in wet paper towel and put them in a sealable food bag in the fridge for 5-6 weeks. Don't forget about them!
6. They should be sprouting by the time they come out, and can be planted indoors in pots.

The ideal time to do this is summer / autumn so that the seeds have their eary simulated winter period in the fridge before being brought on inside over the real winter. They can go outdoors in spring. They don't like to be too hot, so the UK climate should be fine for them. Apparently they make good bushes and will grow fine in larger pots. Whether or not they will fruit is questionable, but they're free plants so whos complaining. I hope I have more success with these than my piss poor attempts at growing lemons and limes.

Talking of bushes, Rude Tube featured an excellent clip about alternative names for the "lady garden"

 


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