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Volunteers River of Herbs orchards July 2017

Gardening is good for you. Whether inside or out, spring, summer, autumn or winter, it is not difficult to see why. Being in contact with earth, plants, air and water feeds the soul, tones muscles, lifts spirits and aligns us acutely with the cycles of nature. As research about biophilia, horticultural therapy, woodland bathing and . . . → Read More: Green spirit

Let’s Grow Elder Babies!

Elderflower with creamy-yellow stamens

Elder (Sambucus nigra) is arguably the most useful herb that grows wild in Western Europe. It is used for many remedies, is steeped in folklore and history and on top of that the flowers taste great and the berries are delicious when cooked! It is a native hedgerow shrub here in Amsterdam, some areas . . . → Read More: Let’s Grow Elder Babies!

Sunday 15th July 2012 – Urban Herbology Walk – Park Frankendael

Maybe it will be hot, maybe not but whatever the weather there will be lots of herbs around in Amsterdam, on July 15th. To help more people appreciate some of the edible, medicinal and interesting herbs, growing within the city, I’m offering another Urban Herbology Walk, on Sunday 15th July 2012, from the main . . . → Read More: Sunday 15th July 2012 – Urban Herbology Walk – Park Frankendael

Foraging in De Baarsjes

Olia, Robin and Elodie foraging in de Baarsjes

My thanks to Olia, Robin and Elodie, for inviting me over for a lunchtime forage, in a beautiful wild patch of De Baarsjes! We found lots of super edibles including Mugwort, Garlic Mustard, Plantain, Elderflower, Lime, Hops, Rosebay Willowherb, Wild Strawberry, Cinquefoil, Cats tail, Ground Elder and more.

We brewed up a flask . . . → Read More: Foraging in De Baarsjes

Flevopark Strawberries

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Last weekend we visited the children’s farm on the edge of Flevopark. There is a lot of planting going on there and they are using some great Permaculture style ways to increase productivity and reduce consumption. Here are two which really caught my eye..

A Strawberry planter, much better than the conventional ceramic pots which . . . → Read More: Flevopark Strawberries

8th June 2012 Urbanherbology Walk – Park Frankendael

Teasel foliage

There is a lot of interest in wild plants at the moment. Perhaps because there is so much green around us, here in the city. To help more people appreciate some of the edible, medicinal and interesting herbs, growing within the city, I’m offering another Urban Herbology Walk, on Friday 8th May 2012, from . . . → Read More: 8th June 2012 Urbanherbology Walk – Park Frankendael

Herb by Herb – Part 2 – Ribwort

Ribwort Plantago lanceolata

Once a month a chance to learn in detail about a different common urban herb from either Jennie (who I run the meetup group with) or me, Lynn.

Part two is about Ribwort (Plantago lanceolata). An amazingly simple looking plant, found right under your feet, with a multitude of uses. It’s a great herb . . . → Read More: Herb by Herb – Part 2 – Ribwort

365 Frankendael day 29

Crataegus sp.

Hop (Humulus lupulus – what a latin name!) is entwined about a meter up last year’s dead stems today and looks far healthier and more vigorous than any cultivated Hop plant I have seen. I am really looking forward to seeing whether or not its flowers are as impressive. Mugwort is growing beautifully on wasteland . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 29

Surreptitious Runner Beans

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OK, so runner beans are not herbs but this is my first real attempt at surreptitious gardening in Amsterdam. I bought a huge bag of runner beans in a country store, whilst visiting my parents. I used what was required at home and school and thought the rest would look good adorning some Amsterdam trees, . . . → Read More: Surreptitious Runner Beans

365 Frankendael

Willow ship wrecks frankendael Park Hallowe'en 2011

Many visitors to this site are interested in wild herbs and foraging. As you probably know, I do my foraging in the city of Amsterdam and am keen to encourage more of you to learn about the herbs around you. Often those I speak to are unaware that right here in Amsterdam, there are herbs . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael

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