Spring Foraging

Thank you so much to everyone who came on our Spring Foraging days at the weekend and for your lovely feedback. We’ll get organised properly with more pictures soon but, in the mean time, here are the recipes we used with our lovely spring greens: cleavers, nettles, dandelions, wild garlic and hairy bittercress. Cleansing Juices…

Making Plans

Making Plans Snowdrops and chives by my front door which make me smile every time I see them. Even though it is still bitterly cold, the days are getting longer and there are signs of Spring everywhere. We’ve been working hard on the plot, finishing off the path, creating a workstation and planting loads more beautiful plants. Smudging (using smoke from…

Winter wellness

A nurturing and cosy Sunday was spent in the Village garden classroom, sampling herbals teas and making some potions to keep away winters chaps and chills. Although there was little above ground, few berries and flowers left as we head into the darkness of winter (although a small yarrow was still in bloom!), we still…

The plot in bloom

Less than a year on and the allotment is flourishing. Nasturtiums, Bergamot, Borage and Echinacea are shown here but there is also Mallow, Marshmallow, Motherwort, Sages, Thymes, Lavender, Fennel, Cardoon, Hyssop and many many others. We won’t harvest too much this year to give the plants time to establish. Nature has gifted us with her…

Forging a new path

 There are many ways to approach garden design….this one is based on plants which are useful for different parts of the body or have a specific use. There are some overlaps of course but laying out a garden like this means that we can easily head for the right area when looking for a plant…