Monthly Archives: December 2011

Beauty in a Jar


Luckily, the bitterly cold weather we were promised weeks ago which was forecast to wipe out everything with widespread ground frost never materialised. So the ‘last’ physalis I picked a few weeks ago, weren’t. The remaining fruits continued to develop … Continue reading

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I say, Lady Boothby, I never knew that about you!


Before I tell you the secret of ‘Lady Boothby’, you need to know how I found out… I spent yesterday afternoon researching exotic fruit and vegetables on the internet, starting with asian ones, then branching out, via forums and Amazon, … Continue reading

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Why I will be growing Wonderberries next year – and encouraging everyone else to try growing them too


Can you believe it?! Fruit from the garden in December! There are several wonderberry bushes dotted around my garden, all self-seeded this year and they have provided me with several harvests of fruit for baking, jam-making and eating fresh. Last … Continue reading

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Physalis, give it a go!


Last week I gathered the last few handfuls of what will probably be the last fruit from the Physalis (cape Gooseberry) growing inthe rasied bed in my garden. It is incredible to think it is nearly December and I am … Continue reading

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To Jam, or not to Jam


Having researched Physalis on the internet, as well as learning that they were first grown in England at the end of the 18th C.,  I found out that they are rich in pectin, so are ideal for making jam. However, I really … Continue reading

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