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Jude
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Posted: Mon 16 Aug , 2021 1:10 am
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Thanks! It turns out that my aunt had my grandmother's old recipe, so I'll compare the two of them and decide what to do.

By the way, I found two more blackcurrants on my bush that were hiding under leaves. Yum.

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Posted: Mon 16 Aug , 2021 1:12 am
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It's a bountiful harvest! You should have a celebration to the harvest gods!

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Posted: Mon 16 Aug , 2021 1:52 am
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Wow, you tripled your harvest!

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Posted: Wed 15 Sep , 2021 10:15 pm
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Does anyone know - is this a Hawthorne tree?
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Posted: Thu 16 Sep , 2021 7:29 am
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I think it is a Hawthorn species - Canadian Hawthorn, or even a Douglas Hawthorn, judging by the leaves? Totally different leaves to our English variety!

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Jude
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Posted: Thu 16 Sep , 2021 1:21 pm
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Most importantly, can I make jelly from these berries?

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Posted: Thu 16 Sep , 2021 1:23 pm
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You need a better picture of the leaves to ID it, and then you'd need to research whether there are any poisonous lookalikes.

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Posted: Sun 26 Sep , 2021 6:47 pm
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Now that it's fall, I'm examining the leaves of the blackcurrant bush. There are no green aphids, but there are these little black-coloured insects. I don't know what they are, and an image search of "blackcurrant pests" didn't produce anything that looked like them. I don't know if they're harmful, but I sprayed the plant full-blast with the hose, and that seems to have removed most of them. Temporarily? I'll have to check regularly.

I'm just trying to protect next year's harvest. Based on the size of the bush, I should have enough to make a batch of jam and a couple of mixed-fruit pies. Maybe one of these years...

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Posted: Mon 27 Sep , 2021 12:16 pm
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It'll be such a feeling of accomplishment for you when you do get to make that jam!

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And now the little green aphids are back, in huge numbers just over the last few days. After being largely absent all summer. Is that normal for aphids?

In the meantime, I'm back to spraying daily.

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Oops, wrong thread!

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Flowers spotted in Hampstead Heath. Can anyone identify them?

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Posted: Thu 24 Mar , 2022 10:20 pm
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Camelia?

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Yep, it's a camellia. 'Tis the flowering season right now.

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Estel Dúnadan
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Posted: Wed 06 Apr , 2022 6:45 am
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My garden is full of weeds, but I did harvest several enormous zucchinis and some small pumpkins. Also, a friend of mine had corn get overripe, so I took some to see what I could do with it. I've ground it into cornmeal and will try to make cornbread with it next time I bake.


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Do you make sweet cornbread or savory?

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I haven't yet, but the recipe has 1/4 cup of sugar to a cup of cornmeal and a cup of wheat flour. Also I forgot that I have to buy caraway seeds for the recipe, which I was meaning to do anyway, but that means doing a herbs-and-spices shop.


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Hmmm, caraway seeds would be a different option. We don't put those in cornbread here. I do use 1/4 sugar, though.

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Estel Dúnadan
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I must confess to being a complete beginner regarding cornbread. There is a recipe in The Bread Book, but apart from that I know nothing.
(Maybe we should take this over to the cooking thread.)


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I've never seen cornbread with caraway seed. In my mind, it goes with rye. But sounds intriguing.

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