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Tips and tricks – finding and harvesting nature's resources
Sat 14-Aug-10
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MOS
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HI paul

just make them into Blackberry jam then FN can brand it and with your split of the proffits you can buy som ground without blackberries on big_laugh

you are not thinking like a capitalist owd lad tardis   Mos

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Sat 14-Aug-10
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Hi Geoff,

 

Blo*dy brilliant idea.

If FN owns a sugar plantation then the drinks are on me !cheers

 

Paul

Sat 14-Aug-10
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OH YEP sugar

 rite forgot about sugar

cant we use sumthing els

can we use boiled blackberry roots

oh then we wouldent have any blackberry's for jam

but then your land would be free from blackberries  YEH !!!

so you wouldent need to make the jam to buy more land

then you could plant strawberries

and make strawberry jam

oh i forgot no sugar

forget the jam start a paintball center on it them crazy buggers will kill anything that stands in there way

and they will paint the fence too

sorry iv'e got no more ideas cant say i have ever wanted to kill blackberries

i like blackberry jam

and blackberry and apple pie and ETC ETC ETC

the goat thing is probably your best bet

unless someone has a BETTER IDEA

MOS

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Sat 14-Aug-10
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I forgot to mention the hazards of picking blackberries in France!

Whilst picking yesterday I was vaguely aware that I was walking in long dry grass and roadside ditches - and that this was the perfect habitat for snakes... With this thought in mind I began to really stamp around to alert all wildlife to my presence.  It was lucky I did cos suddenly there was a pretty big disturbance to my right and I looked up to see an ENORMOUS snake in the tree beside me!!!!! I have since looked it up and it appears to be a yellow and green couleurvre or western whip snake; not poisonous but often aggressive and growing up to 2M long!!

slightly alarmed I nonetheless continued my search and nearly jumped out of my skin, when an hour later another disturbance and something ran over my foot!!! Luckily just a small mousie thing this time , but boy was I shaken up!

Sat 14-Aug-10
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OH now you tell us !!!

hope you caught it cus scarecrow has lost the snails and needs another mouse for feeding the twins big_laughbig_laughwhistledevil

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Sat 14-Aug-10
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Shelley, I hope you wear trousers and boots when out in the countryside?  That must have been a scary experience (or two).  I hope you are over the shock now?  big_hug

I'll try that again!

Sat 14-Aug-10
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Funnily enough I did have heavy shoes and longish trousers and socks yesterday, but only cos I was hoping not to get too prockled by the blackberries!!

MOS dont worry, I have only seen 3 snakes in 3 years so far!! You'll be finesurprised

 

Blackberries now made into jam: tomorrow chutney then I must wait for new jars to arrive; I have used up the 200+ jars that I bought in June!!

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You have 200 jars of jam and chutney? surprised Crikey, haven't you been busy? welldonewelldone

I'll try that again!

Sat 14-Aug-10
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Mos,

 

Thanks for the ideas. I like blackberry jam also.

Just thought of another idea - the way Shelley is going with her jam jars, I might get a contract later to supply her growing empire smile


 


 


 


 


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Sun 15-Aug-10
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After identifying the horseradish which grows alongside the path in work, I decided I should dig up a root to confirm its identity. We had to pop into work briefly this morning so I put the gardening fork in the boot of the car before setting off.

I got one small root, which took quite a lot of effort to dig up. By the time I peeled it and cut away any off-looking bits, I was left with a few pieces weighing a total of 27g. By the time I had finished grating it, my eyes were smarting a bit but not watering too much so I could still see what I was doing and managed to avoid grating too much finger-end into the bowl.

Not sure what we're going to do with it yet. Emma doesn't eat beef so that combination is no good for us. She doesn't like smoked salmon either so that's another one gone. We like wasabi with tuna so we might try something like that with the horseradish.

While we were in work, we walked around some of the other buildings and found a decent stash of wild plums and more blackberries, which will come in handy laugh

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Thu 23-Sep-10
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Hello foridgers

well i went to check on the chestnut trees i spotted a while ago, and they seem to me to be sweet chestnuts, they are in multy spiked cases with softish spikes and there are two or three nuts in each case ,but they are very small some are ripening and falling from the tree ,will they get bigger as they ripen or have i got a pigmy chestnut tree MOS

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Thu 23-Sep-10
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sometimes they are very small; When we lived near the Forest of Dean there were thousands in the forest, but I never found any large nuts: think it depends on the tree

Thu 23-Sep-10
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cheers Shelley the trees are well loaded so i will keep an eye open for the husks darkenning then do a bit of harvesting kisskiss MOS

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Sun 26-Sep-10
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Hi! I'm a newbie--I've been in Hook for about 1.5 years now, and I'm really delighted with the wild food around. San Diego doesn't have anything like it! What I'm curious about is the etiquette of foraging. Where is it OK to harvest? Hedgerows seem to be fair game, and tow paths--right? What about roadsides? There is a crabapple tree dripping with fruit along the road near me, outside of a fence around a set of houses. I can't tell which house it's behind; I think it's a complex. Its the only crabapple I've seen so I'd love to harvest it but I don't want to step on any toes!

Sun 26-Sep-10
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Hi Rene and welcome to the forum

generaly if its not on someon's land its fair game, if its infront or behind or in the airea of houses its policy to ask before picking .but usualy the prople around dont bother ,its amasing how many people with fruit trees in there garden dont pick the fruit so its always worth asking anyway .

happy picking let us know the results ,and save me a jar of crabapple and ginger jam yummy !!

MOS xx (cannock chase)

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