JAPON­ICA AP­PLE

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The japon­ica ap­ple ( Chaenome­les japon­ica) pro­duces pink flow­ers fol­lowed by hard, knob­bly fruit. The fruit, plain though it is, serves as the base for very nice jams and desserts when com­bined with sweeter fruits. This lovely but thorny plant is easy to grow. Keep it away from paths to avoid be­com­ing a scratch-haz­ard. The only main­te­nance it re­quires is a lit­tle ju­di­cious prun­ing. It is not both­ered by birds or in­sects and the fruit can stay sus­pended from its branches through­out win­ter.

Plant more bras­si­cas

Plant pun­nets of caulis, cab­bages and broc­coli. Though it’s cheaper to raise them from seed, bras­si­cas are slow to grow. At this time of year, plant­ing pun­nets gives you a good month’s head start, plus it’s a good way to en­sure you don’t end up with a glut from over-sow­ing. Plant one or two pun­nets per fort­night.

Sow broad beans

Squeeze in a quick crop be­fore win­ter ar­rives. Broad beans are usu­ally sown in au­tumn for spring har­vests. But in warm ar­eas, pro­vided the bum­ble­bees get to them in time, they’ll crop in early win­ter. Sow a cou­ple of rows now. Find them too bland? Mash with minted frozen peas.

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