December 2015

All about festive garlands
Christmas vegetables, apples, succulents and berries….

My Christmas wreath this year is made from vegetables. I grew the chilies and rosemary but cheated with the carrots, shallots and brussels.
My Christmas wreath this year is made from vegetables. I grew the chilies and rosemary but cheated with the carrots, shallots and brussels.
I skewered the carrots with cocktail sticks and rammed them into position. Chilies were sewn in. The base wreath I already had and was just plain twigs. I know, I cheated!
I skewered the carrots with cocktail sticks and rammed them into position. Chilies were sewn in. The base wreath I already had and was just plain twigs. I know, I cheated!
Succulent wreath one year later
My succulent wreath after one year. As you can see its doing well. Some of the plants have died due to the difficulty with watering. But the gaps left are soon filled with babies.
WREATHS GA spread
This collection of fabulous wreaths appeared in Garden Answers magazine. The winter berries were gathered in local hedgerow for free.

APPLES: I walked past a huge box of apples outside of a neighbours house. They were free and when I noticed another batch again a week later I though that maybe I could make awreath for my door with them.

Apple wreath

You can make a beautiful garland with anything. This colourful apple version is an attractive decoration for any door, and it’s ideal for feeding hungry garden birds too.
1. Gather stored apples that haven’t begun to decay (or cheat and buy them fresh at the supermarket).
2. Take a length of thick wire – a coathanger is ideal – and skewer each apple in turn through the side (not lengthwise, as the core is too tough).
3. Use pliers to twist the free ends together to form a ring.
4. Space the apples using ties of raffia. This will help to keep the apples from touching each other and spreading any decay.

A wire coathanger will be ideal for this.
A wire coathanger will be ideal for this.
Bend the wire to make a hook.
Bend the wire to make a hook.
Add some raffia bows. Theses will seperate the apples so that they don't touch.
Add some raffia bows. Theses will seperate the apples so that they don’t touch.
With the apples left over, make a pie!
With the apples left over, make a pie!

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