Category Archives: pollinating plants

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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pollinating and predatory lacewings

According to Cottage Garden Perennials, cow parsley is a favourite for lacewings. Lacewings also love yarrow, angelica, dill, coriander, fennel, wild carrot as well as sunflower, cosmos and tansy … and their larvae feast upon aphids! So not only are … Continue reading

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Moths

Moths have a similar palate to their two-winged butterfly friends but her are some moth friendly flowers to also bear in mind. Night flying moths particularly drawn to pale flowered plants and those releasing an evening scent, like honeysuckle, clematis … 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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Brassicaceae

Brassicaceae also known as cruciferae are more commonly known as mustards, rockets, cabbage. The name crucieferae derives from the four petals of the rocket flower. They include brassica oleracea (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.), brassica rapa (turnip, Chinese cabbage, etc.), brassica rapus … 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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