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Fork Handles

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 17:41
Hope you haven't junked the spud mush Kate, you could use to make leek and potato soup.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 15:18
Well it seems the best way to NOT let it get out of control is to cut it down before it flowers, which sort of defeats the point of growing it as an ornamental. And if you DO let it flower, it is highly likely that the seeds would be catapulted onto neighbour's gardens, thus giving them the problem of keeping it under control as well.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 14:44
I think this says it all...

Fork Handles

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 12:57
My sister and I have the same birthday, she's 4 years older than me though! Apparently this often happens in Army families...

Long-handled bulb planter

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 10:45
I seem to recall that MD's a fan of Dutch garden tools, so I suggest you google Sneeboer or De Wit, both do wooden handled bulb planters, not cheap though!


Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:55
And very nice it is too!


Posted: 07/10/2012 at 21:35
Just thought I should mention that chaenomoles fruits are also known as japonica.


Posted: 07/10/2012 at 13:10
Japonica Jelly1 lb japonica fruitQuarter pint waterSugarJuice of half a lemonWash the fruit. Don't worry if you can't remove the waxy coating on the skin, and chop it up well. Simmer the fruit and water until it's soft.Strain through a jelly bagMeasure the juice and allow 1 lb sugar to each pint of juice.Stir in sugar and lemon juice.Continue stirring until dissolvedBoil rapidly until set. (After around 15 minutes start testing by dropping a small amount of juice on a very cold plate. Leave for a few minutes. If it starts to crinkle, setting point has been reached.

Japonica Jam1 lb unpeeled japonicas2 lemonsPinch of ground ginger1 - 1 & a quarter pints water, depending on ripeness of fruitSugarDo not peel or core the japonica. Cut into halves and simmer in the water until pulpy. Add ground gingerSieve and to each pint of pound of pulp, add juice of one lemon and 1 lb sugarBoil until set.


Posted: 07/10/2012 at 12:55
Yes you can use the fruit for jams, jellies and fruit cheeses. If you google 'chaenomoles recipes' you'll find loads.

Am I posting too much?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 18:20

Another cream crackered poster here! Feel as though I'm catching up with all the stuff that should have been done through the year, but the weather was so awful I didn't have a chance. G&T at my side as I type.

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