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Wormwood Rescue

Wormwood in pavement cracks

When the council next comes to strim weeds in my street, these lovely Wormwood babies would be lost, so this afternoon I whipped lots of them out of the ground, to save them in plant pots.

I grow a vigorous and useful Wormwood plant in our super-dry geveltuin. I wrote about it recently, when . . . → Read More: Wormwood Rescue

Herb plant and seed swap – Thank you!

Thank you to those who came along to Sarphati Park today to swap herbs, share ideas and give advice.  We were six in all.  Here you can see Michael and Andy mulling over the merits of an Aloe vera baby.

I was able to swap my surplus plants for some unusual seeds and a couple . . . → Read More: Herb plant and seed swap – Thank you!

Herbs ready for adoption

Herbs ready for adoption

I’m looking forward to the Urban Herbology plant and seed swap tomorrow, at 11am by the monument in Sarphati Park, Amsterdam. This morning, I have been preparing a few plants for adoption on the roof.

My Aloe pot was overcrowded by off shoots, Yarrow was taking over in the Valerian/Sedum/Lemon balm pot and strawberries were . . . → Read More: Herbs ready for adoption

UrbanHerbology Plant & Seed Swap – Wednesday 20th April

Sarphati monument

It’s time for the first Urban Herbology Plant & Seed swap!

Where: Sarphati Park, Amsterdam.  Meeting by the Sarphati monument.

When: 11:00, Wednesday 20th April – we’ll be there for about an hour. When the swaps are done we’ll walk over to the park’s own swap centre, near the . . . → Read More: UrbanHerbology Plant & Seed Swap – Wednesday 20th April

Seeds For Food

Seeds For Food

There’s an interesting little article in the spring 2011 issue of Permaculture Magazine about the Seeds For Food project.  It aims to provide saved fruit and vegetable seeds to hungry people in developing nations.   The idea for the project arose in Saharawi refugee camps, in South-East Algeria, where there is a desperate need for fresh . . . → Read More: Seeds For Food

Plant Swaps

Myrtus communis

Plant swapping can be an excellent way to boost your herb collection for free. This summer I made use of the excellent plant swap facility in Sarphati Park, Amsterdam.  I had a large pot-bound mint on my kitchen balcony which needed splitting. I had no space or need for more mint plants . . . → Read More: Plant Swaps


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