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Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 05 6:40 pm    Post subject: Raiding friends gardens  Reply with quote    

I have been looking out in all my friends gardens over the last few months and have been able to spot loads of stuff to forage in the future, there are apple trees, blackberries, elderberries, cherries, hawthorn as well as the normal netles and dandilions. non of them are intrested in much of it and have told me i am welcome to it!

Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 05 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yep, me too. It sometimes amazes me that people leave their old apple trees to drop the fruit and rot and at the same time they'll buy apples from a supermarket.

That's one of the reasons for trying to make our own cider this year. Not only do other people's gardens have plnty of foraging but they can be a very good source of free plants and space for you to grow your's in.

Another tip is to give people cuttings of your fav plants and if you ever loose your plant you should be able to get a cutting off someone else.

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
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Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 05 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My dad threw out 3 sackfuls of Cox's windfalls last year. Needless to say it won't be happening again

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Went to a barbecue at a friends hous last summer, and while there answered questions on what kinds of trees are in the garden. They'd already identified the pear tree, but the elder trees, plum trees and apple trees were going unidentified and untouched!

Heartbreaking, isn't it? Seeing all that good fruit going to waste?

ButteryHOLsomeness



Joined: 03 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

how long had they been living there? i mean, if they hadn't been there long enough to see the trees fruit fair enough, most people wouldn't know BUT if they had been there long enough surely they'd at least recognise plums and apples?

we have several plum and apple trees around here that conveniently hang over walls and are easily accessible from the pavement (especially at night when no one is looking )

i must admit though, i am still not quite certain what an elder tree looks like... i know there's supposed to be a lot of them around the water of leith area (which strangely is nowhere near leith) so i may check that out, they sound amazing!

i was quite pleased last year when i correctly identified a beech tree before it even started 'fruiting' even though i'd never seen a beech nut or beech tree in real life...

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ButteryHOLsomeness



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i've got a question for you about identifying fruit trees...

we've got this huge what i believe is some form of apple tree that hangs over the wall by the bus stop i used most frequently when leaving from my home.

i *think* it's an apple tree but when i tested one that looked ripe it was hard and was fairly grainy more like pears and it had a thick skin slightly hairy too and mottled green like a pear. they're not bramleys and definately not medlars so i'm wondering if anyone has a clue what they might be. they definately look like a somewhat lumpy apple. oh, it wasn't bitter or sour when i tasted it but would definately be more of a cooking fruit vs eating it straight off the tree.

once i get my new camera charged up perhaps i could take a photo and post it for all of you to see... the blossoms look like apple blossoms to me as well...very curious

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Did the fruits ever go yellow? Could it be some kind of quince?

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah, a quince (or japonica). Sounds most like a Japanese quince, from the colour and growing habit. Mottled green friut eventually going yellowish. A useful fruit, if we're right. Flowers vary from white to vivid red.

http://hortiplex.gardenweb.com/plants/p1/gw1009153.html
http://www.koiwascotland.plus.com/garden/japanese/boke.html

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Quince is a good addition to apple pies, makes a nice syrup and jam too.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Reading the posting again, sounds more like a proper quince than a Japanese quince.

Buttery, how big does the fruit get?

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds like a proper quince to me too.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If it's flowering at the moment, I believe the flowers tend to be a bit bigger, and open wider/flatter than apples; possibly a bit more gappy, and less pinky. But generally, appley. (This is just from memory...)

I love quince jelly.

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooooh thanks for that - I knew ours was a quince but not what sort - Its definately a Japenese one with gorgeous apricot coloured flowers at the moment

Joanne

Daydreaming



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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What do you do with medlars?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 05 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you are me, you leave them the kitchen counter until bletted, then you throw them on the compost heap .

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