I did a spot of roof gardening this morning and was very pleased to find this herb growing in a neglected plant pot. It’s thought of as weed by most and yet it’s providing at least two services here; covering lots of surface soil thus acting as a green mulch and also it’s soon . . . → Read More: Hairy bittercress – A free lunch
Chickweed makes a delicious and nutritious sandwich filling, it’s also plentiful, easily forage-able and available almost year round (it gets scorched and disappears at midsummer and has a slightly different form in mid winter but still tastes great).
It’s a popular medicinal herb, used as a tonic and for a multitude of ailments including skin . . . → Read More: Chickweed abounds!
Cleavers (Galium aparine) I remember having a lot of fun with cleavers or “sticky weed” as a child. This is a wonderful sticky, prostate annual plant which often grows wild and prolifically against fences, in hedgerows, crop fields and beneath trees. I know I was not the only child who delighted every time I found . . . → Read More: Cleavers (Galium aparine, NL:Kleefkruid)
I often use fresh petals to garnish soup; they are almost always available on my balcony, they look so pretty and their intense orange colour encourages appetite. After writing about uses for Calendula, I thought I should make more of an effort to use the dried flowers in my food. Adding dried Calendula flowers . . . → Read More: Leek, Potato and Calendula soup