Category Archives: herbs

key hole gardening

I saw a keyhole garden using woven willow to plant turnips, salad, marigolds, peas and beans. Composting seems to be the key to a keyhole system. Traditionally used in Africa as a method of planting without having to step on … Continue reading

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening: the essentials

All seasons Try to build up a garden that offers pollen and nectar to hungry foragers throughout the growing year.  Honey bees are inactive at temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius whilst other bees are found foraging in very early spring. … Continue reading

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Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace, also known as Cow parsley, is a member of the umbelliferae or carrot family. It grows along verges whether hedgerows, riversides or pathways and flowers in the months of April to June. It is a particularly vigorous member … Continue reading

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Garlic Mustard

Garlic mustard , also known as ‘Jack-by-the-hedge’, is often found along hedgerows and verges. It grows prolifically in damp soil but isn’t invasive as it has a tap root. As a biennial, member of the brassicaceae family, it flowers in … Continue reading

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Claytonia

Claytonia is one of my favourite greens for the winter. When you are sick of turnips and chewy kale, seek out claytonia. The delicate, nourishing leaves provide a refreshing alternative in the dark winter months. And the salad is also known … Continue reading

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Wild strawberries

These trailing fruity perennials provide great ground cover. But be warned, their trailers are very exploratory and can stretch afar. Interestingly, the name strawberry is thought to have derived from the name ‘to strew’. Wild strawberries differ from their domesticated … Continue reading

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Alexanders

A forgotten but slowly reviving treasure of the apiaceae family, Alexanders (also known as Horse Parsley) tastes like a pasley infused celery. Steam the stalks and buds.

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Hairy bitter cress

Although invasive as a creeping ground crop, hairy bitter cress is a tasty if bitter salad crop of the mustard family. Perhaps not the most appetising of green leaves, it is a useful overwintering evergreen perennial salad crop. And with … Continue reading

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Apiaceae

You’ll recognise the apiaceae for their umbrella-like shape, alluring aromas and hollow stems. There are over 3,700 apiaceae species but particular favourites for pollinating insects and peckish people include angelica, anise, caraway, carrot, celery, chervil, sweet cicely, coriander, dill, fennel, … Continue reading

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Edible plants for pollinating insects and people

Edible flowers include … hollyhock, viola tricolour, calendula (pot marigolds), primrose, hyssop (also known as bee balm), borage, lavender, sunflowers, blossoming fruit trees. Leave some of the plants of your green salads go to seed and you’ll keep pollinators, especially … Continue reading

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