Category Archives: Permaculture

The sweet smell of oregano

Fortunately for me, the rain held off for much of the afternoon, so I took advantage of the still dry weather to get one job done in the garden. It was a glass half full or glass has empty moment … Continue reading

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Red campion – hair conditioner?

Since learning that the roots of red campion can be a substitute for soap, I have been curious to try them out as such. The thing is, though: I have found no source which shows me how to make the … Continue reading

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Introducing the ferns

I have long wanted a fern in my garden and finally a couple of weeks ago I acquired two from RHS Wisley. These were destined for the spot between the fence and the pond. However, two weeks ago, the phacelia … Continue reading

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Red taking over

It’s a few years since I bought my rose and I moved it from its first spot, so it has taken some time to settle in – maybe three years. But this year the blooms are once more beautiful. I’m … Continue reading

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The verdict on the hosta

It must be at least two years since I learned that hosta is an edible plant. And luckily for me, against all the odds, it grows fine in my forest garden. However, I’d not tried to eat it, not knowing … Continue reading

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Is this an allium?

My parents paid a visit today and as usual came bearing gifts. This time, one of them was what appeared to smell like a plant from the allium family. It has seed heads similar to wild garlic but its roots … Continue reading

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Taken for a ride

On the list at my local organic farm this week was elderflower. So, I had to avail myself of the offer in order to make a batch of cordial. The farmer was surprised that anyone was showing an interest but … Continue reading

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