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Herb and Strawberry Tower

herb and strawberry tower

Here’s my latest rooftop planting creation: A simple tower of three plastic plant pots, packed with plenty of molehill soil and organic compost.

The plants used are babies from those we grow already on the roof, except the tiny Wormwood, which I found growing in between street pavers. I planted a mixture of Strawberries, . . . → Read More: Herb and Strawberry Tower

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I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for a day less than a year, today.  Hard to look at any plants without thinking of how to use them. I think that there are worse things to get hooked on though!

Today, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), small leaves at the moment but plenty of it around.

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We had a lovely walk to Jeugdland in Oost Amsterdam today and founds lots of wonderful herbs along the way and at the playground.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) NL: Bijvoet. This is the first I have found this year and as it’s a regular part of my diet I am delighted that I’ll be . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 358

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I harvested a nice handful of flowering Hairy Bittercress today, from a fairly high plant put on a neighbouring street. It smells great and as ever reminds me of growing cress on cotton well as a child. I look forward to adding it to the apprentices pumpkin soup tomorrow morning before the meeting.

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The largest female Ginkgo tree, outside of one of the British School of Amsterdam locations, is still doing useful fruit on the pavement. So if you fancy a Gingko nut forage there may still be time for you to gather a bagful. Please see my post about safe harvesting and preparation of this urban gift.

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A few more useful street herbs which I found this afternoon in the Watergraafsmeer…

Yarrow, still flowering beautifully in areas where grass mowers can’t reach them.

Here’s a mish-mash of edibles and medicinals growing against an apartment block. Wild Rocket in flower, Dandelion, Yarrow and more. There seem to be hundreds of lush . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 166

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Today is the second birthday of this website. I’m pleased it has survived and that a few people have been encouraged to nibble on a nourishing city weed or two after reading an entry. That was the original intention of setting up Urban Herbology.

Today I found a lovely unstrimmed patch of herbs, . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 165

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Just a quickie today;

Calendula seed heads ripening on treepit plants. These plants will go on flowering into the winter. They grow very easily from seed so why not collect some and spread them around? The flowers and leaves taste aromatic and better, they have a multitude of uses in food and peoples medicine.

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Today in Park Frankendael, Elecampane in seed.

Elderberries in various degrees of ripeness, this half eaten bunch is ripe for picking.

St John’s / St Joan’s wort, still in flower.

Russian Comfrey.

Yarrow, with super-fine feathery leaves and white flowers.

Himalayan balsam, with silky flowers bouncing around in the wind. . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 130

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Yarrow by lamppost

Firstly today is Yarrow, NL: Duizendblad (Achillea millefolium) growing in a protected and well fertilized spot, next to a lamppost on Hugo de Vrieslaan. I use it mainly as a wound herb, I rub the juices gently on lightly wounded skin as an antisptic and to stem bleeding and as a fast remedy to . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 76


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