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Grapes and dead donkeys

Posted on by royvickery |

The Times of 7 April 2016 reported that the journalist Esther Webber is ‘compiling a self-help book using the wisdom of the House of Lords’.  One contribution comes from Lord Selsdon, who in a 2004 debate gave advice on grape (Vitis vinifera) growing:  ‘One of the greatest benefits to cultivation is a dead donkey.  Bury the dead donkey around the root stock.  The dry blood with it will produce excellent grapes.’

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