First forage of 2021

Now, before anyone thinks I’ve been breaking lockdown rules, I went as far as the back garden to collect a salad for my lunch today. I would say ‘our’ lunch but my daughter was totally underwhelmed. Instead, she opted for a post lunch bowl of cocopops.

My farm vegetable share is understandably mostly root crops at the moment, which I didn’t feel would have gone well with soldier eggs. So, I decided to see what my own garden had to offer in the way of fresh greens.

The chard had been looking quite resplendent until the snow but I managed to find a few pleasant looking- leaves. Not quite enough for one of my five a day, so I kept looking.

Actually, it wasn’t too difficult. For one, the fennel is starting to leaf up and the hairy bittercress is in its element. The hairy bittercress also means I can justify calling the post a ‘forage’.

Whilst outside I must say that I noticed a definite change in the atmosphere. Certainly, there was a clear sense of spring in the air. With new shoots and longer evenings, things are decidedly looking up.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to First forage of 2021

  1. You’re way ahead of us, Helen. Everything under snow.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    What a heart warming post- Spring is on its way.

  3. It never crossed my mind that you would break lockdown rules

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That is very impressive given the size of your garden! I love salads made from small amounts of lots of greens but my grandchildren are with your daughter on that one!

  5. Lavinia Ross says:

    A little mustard is growing here, and dandelions. The new greens look good!

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