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Enjoy the fruits of your garden
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By LYNDA HALLINAN
WASTE NOT: If you've got too much fruit to eat fresh, preserve it.
Photo: FAIRFAX NZ
SOW PAK CHOI
Sow this versatile Asian green for
autumn and winter picking. Pak
choi, or bok choy, matures quickly
and tastes great steamed, added
to stir-fries or raw in salads.
Sow seeds direct in rows or
simply scatter if you plan to pick
at the baby leaf stage. Pak choi is
super speedy: you can start pick-
ing within 45 days. There are
plenty of varieties to choose from
including the early maturing Mei
Quing Choi'' -- good for succession
sowing and year round harvests --
Red Choi'', a variety with red
leaves; and Joi Choi'', which is
ideal for colder climates. As with
all brassicas, you need to provide
protection from the cabbage but-
terfly as well as slugs and snails.
There's nothing more aggravating
than finding your precious see-
dlings have been eaten.
Don't let late fruit crops of pears,
apples, peaches and quinces go to
waste. If you've got too much fruit
to eat fresh, preserve it. Go op-
shopping for Agee jars -- you can
still buy the seals and screwbands
at most supermarkets -- or buy
new jars from homewares stores.
Use small jars (up to 500ml) for
one to two person households or
large one-litre jars for big famil-
ies. Only preserve firm, blemish-
free fruit and work in small
batches. It's less daunting.
The easiest way to bottle firm
fruit like pears is to use the over-
flow method -- this doesn't work so
well with soft fruits, such as
plums and apricots, which tend to
turn to mush. Peel and slice your
fruit and simmer it in a large pot
of either water or a light sugar
syrup -- 1 cup sugar to 2-3 cups
water. Have a second pot of syrup
on the boil too. When the fruit is
cooked -- it should be tender, but
still firm -- use a slotted spoon to
scoop it into hot, sterilised glass
jars. Working one jar at a time,
pack the jars full of hot fruit then
fill right to the top with boiling
syrup. Wipe the rims then screw
on the lids and turn the jars
upside down -- this helps them
To make apple sauce, peel, core
and slice apples and place in a
heavy-based pot with a little
water -- to stop the fruit sticking.
Stir regularly as the flesh breaks
up, then puree with a stick
blender. Bottle the boiling pulp --
there's no need to add any sugar.
Got early feijoas? The flesh can
be scooped out and bottled. It's
delicious. Do it now, before you're
sick of the sight of them later on.
To sterilise recycled jars, either
place them in a large pot of boiling
water for at least 5 minutes, or
heat them in the oven at 100°C --
no hotter or they can shatter
If you're short on time or you
don't have any glass jars at hand,
pick your ripe fruit and simply
pack it into freezer-safe plastic
bags -- you can thaw it out and
stew it later.
ORDER FRUIT TREES
Bareroot deciduous fruit trees
won't be available in garden cen-
tres until June, but garden cen-
tres are placing their orders now --
if they haven't already done so --
so if you want a special or popular
variety, like the apple Monty's
Surprise'' or Damson'' plums for
making jam, now's the time to put
your name down for it. Taste test
late pears now, too, to choose the
varieties you like best.
SNIP OFF STRAWBERRY
RUNNERS FOR FREE
Strawberries produce runners
from the crown of the parent plant
in late summer and autumn.
Think of these runners as natural
umbilical cords connected to baby
berry plantlets. To propagate
strawberry plants for free, simply
peg down the runners with wire,
or nestle them into piles of soil so
they're in constant contact with
the ground. They'll grow their own
roots, at which point you can
simply snip off the connecting
stem and transplant.
Strawberry runners often root
of their own accord -- if you check
your plot now, you could be
pleasantly surprised to find loads
of free rooted plants to share with
friends or use to replenish your
patch at no cost.
Strawberries crop well for up to
four years but they do lose vigour,
so it pays to have new plants com-
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