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365 Frankendael day 331- River of Herbs


It was the second River of Herbs meeting today and we took a stroll through part of park Frankendael, hunting for Molehills.

I used a few hills to build a lovely aerated soil mound around my geveltuin Lavender shrub. Molehills generally contain lovely rich soil – just the thing to encourage the Lavender to . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 331- River of Herbs

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Lavender today. It grows really well in urban locations, such as here in a busy shopping precinct. I’ve been looking at ways to grow new Lavender plants from old leggy ones.

Mounding is a suitable method for Lavender. Simply make a mound of easy-to-root-in soil, with the existing lavender plant shoots, just peeking . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 329

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Today, Lavender looking as spritely as ever, regardless of sub zero weather. This is a great urban herb! The leaves, flowers and seeds can be used for various culinary and medicinal purposes. I keep a bottle of Lavender essential oil in my kitchen in case of burns. I don’t like essential oils very much . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 277

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Today a frosty Amsterdam yields far less edibles and medicinals but there are still plenty around, including evergreens and beautiful Lavender shrubs. They grow so well in most Amsterdam locations and the leaves and flowers are very useful, whether in flavouring cakes, confectionery our treating minor burns, some forms of eczema our helping people . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 274

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Snow in Amsterdam today.

Some blanketed Lavender…

A pretty and tasty Rose…

And some Ginkgo fruit, hanging on in the trees, even now…

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We’re back home and the weather in Amsterdam is mild (10 °C) but dull. This photo of my geveltuin, sort of reflects that. It needs a new year spruce up.

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Today I looked at small herbs, growing along the Middenweg, which could easily be”weeded” out and replanted in locations where they could be allowed to grow unhindered and provide food…

Here’s a little Hazel, coppiced by repeated strimmings and strong.

Lavender. Smells great, tastes interesting but more useful for remedies and use in . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 131

Geveltuin Harvest

Geveltuin herb harvest

We have painters arriving at any moment, to decorate the front of our apartment. My little Mediterranean herb geveltuin (pavement garden) sits right in the line of fire so I decided to harvest a good quantity of stems and flowers from a few of the plants.

I’ll use the Lavender to make an . . . → Read More: Geveltuin Harvest

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Geranium pyrenaicum probably

I visited the park very early this morning and was pleased to find a surprise clump of my favourite herb for grounded-ness and muscle pains – Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca). It is shown in this photo growing in a location quite far away from the ones I already know. So, I have high hopes that there . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 56

Urban Herbal Planting Scheme in Amsterdam Oost

Pine, lavender and ivy planting scheme

I was so pleased when I realised that the local council had commissioned simple herbs for the planting scheme at Christian Huygensplein in Oost Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam.

About a year on, the herbs are looking great so I thought I’d share a photo. I hope you can see a Pine Tree trunk surrounded by thick Lavender . . . → Read More: Urban Herbal Planting Scheme in Amsterdam Oost


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