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Win a great book for foragers and foodies and some of our seeds too

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 15, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 23 Comments
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Win this great cook book for foragers and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 20/03/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what do you normally forage or what would you like to forage. Winner will be randomly picked and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. ROSEHIPS ON A KITCHEN TABLE SEASONAL RECIPES FOR FORAGERS & FOODIES By Carolyn Caldicott Photographs by Chris Caldicott March 2014 Published by Frances Lincoln In these days of environmental concern and financial constraints we are all looking for ways to put good, local, seasonal food on the table. But sometimes it can seem daunting. This is where Rosehips on a Kitchen Table comes to the rescue. You don’t need to be a great cook, a master gardener or an exp

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 2)

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So to continue... Spring Onions... As I said in the part 1 we love our onions.  As well as the normal onions I also have a small bed of multiplying onions - like a spring onion but a bit smaller. I originally planted a few bunches of two or three onions and they soon turned into huge bunches of tall tasty onions which are ideal in stews and soups. They have a totally different taste to normal onions. I dig up a portion of a bunch when required by driving a spade through the bunch and replacing some soil to fill the void!! When the whole bunch has been used I replant a small bunch of 2-5 and in not time they will be ready for eating as well. This way one only needs a square meter or so in the garden for theses.  They over-winter without any problem and jump back into growing mode i

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Foraging.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender July 26, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment
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Many of us are or have been foragers at one time or another, often without realising that what we are doing. Picking brambles for a pie or jam, collecting danelion leaves or chickweed for the pet rabbit, fishing at the coast. Any these activities make you one of a growing number of Foragers. This search for wild edible plants and foods has a huge following in America, with many organised events and 'foraging' hikes. It is now gaining more popularity in Britain.  Many years ago I lived on a large mixed farm, there was lots of different habitat's and I spent many hour foraging and learning what could be eaten. Some of my foraged foods were delicious and a lovely suprise, others I would never eat again! Some folks look upon wild foods with suspicion and think it is strange that anyone would

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Elderflower Cordial

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 25, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 9 Comments
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Elder trees are in bloom folks so get out there and pick some flowers, you don't need too many to make a bottle or two cordial. I have just realized that there are two massive trees on the allotment site. There used to be more plots on this area and it is now completely wild with a big sort of meadow bit and lilac, plum and apple trees and all sorts of wild things growing around it. The sweet-scented flowers appear in masses in June - July in hedgerows, around wasteland or the edges of woodland. The best time to pick the flowers when the first buds start to open, but don't worry you can pick them when they are in full bloom or even when they are finishing, you just might have to compromise on the taste but still you can make a nice drink. Elderflower Cordial 0.5 kg of sugar ju

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