Sep 022015
 

Summer memories & my Good New Town, Ecovillage, project: Raspberries, : Easy to grow fruit – need restraint rather than support. Dead old branches support the new ones then feed nutrients back to the soil – IMHO there’s no need to remove them as some gardeners do. Just create some access paths to collect berries. Best eaten fresh when they ripe every day. The bushes won’t stay productive at the same place as the nutrients will deplete from the soil so the plants will naturally “migrate” through the Garden, … Gardening, Permaculture, Permacultura, Growing Food, Wild Food, Fruit by Alexandra Cook on EyeEm

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Jul 062015
 

A carrot hand drawn card. For a gardener?

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Apr 282015
 

Scorzonera hispanica or black salsify is a great vegetable to grow in Wales. It’s perennial, suitable for a permaculture garden. It’s slug resistant and stronger than most weeds. The pretty yellow flowers have a vanilla like smell and produce plenty of viable seeds (contact me closer to the end of summer/early autumn if you want some). Leaves are edible (fresh or cooked) in the spring, the roots you can dig at any time. Peel either before or after cooking. I usually boil or microwave them. On the picture is the spring crop, cooked with leaves – plus salt, spices and olive oil.

The taste is nice, similar to other root veg, especially, I think, parsnip and cassava, and normal leafy greens.

The black salsify is very easy to grow. I only plant the seeds or separated roots – full stop. And it is nutritios: according to Wikipedia, it’s contains proteins, fats, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, vitamins A, B1, E and C. It tastes sweet because of the glycoside inulin which is a great news for people watching their blood sugar levels.

So, here we are – a perfect plant for your garden!

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Apr 222015
 

#Growingwild at @cultiv8cwmharry … #GWspaces @GrowWildWales #garden #gardening #growing #wildflowers #organicgardening #communitygarden #newtownpowys #wales #plants #linandara_plants #chasingspring #growing #nursery (at Cultivate)

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Aug 272014
 

Got a nice crop of tomatoes from the allotment. Amazing as all I did I’ve planted them. Full stop. Maybe I was just lucky with the summer here in Wales but this is the kind of gardening I like!

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Aug 072014
 

While on holidays we decided to do a little “beach garden” at home. I’ve been collecting sea glass, belemnites, shells and pebbles all my life and this would be a great way to use them – and declutter the garage.

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Jul 202014
 

Trying to tame my wild garden just a bit. I like it being lush, overgrown but I started to lose the pond… a bit of pruning and the sage plant is found, the barbecue too plus there is more light for the wild strawberries. Hope it will help them to spread over the gravel. Haven’t quite got to the pond yet…

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Jul 202014
 

Another garden catch: a variety of berries and an edible day lily flower….

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Jul 162014
 

#allotment in the #evening light… #bug #flowers #myallotment #insect #red #beetle #onion #marigolds #summer #chasingsummer #pretty #beautiful #gardening #garden #linandara_animals #linandara_plants #жук #вечер #огород

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Jul 152014
 

I’ve been bitten by a little diamond-shaped bugs while doing gardening both in Russia and in UK. The bite hurts, then swells and itches quite a lot. I had no idea what this insect was so I searched the images. The first finding worried me a bit:

Pgeniculatus2.jpg American blood sucking Kissing Bugs (members of Triatominae) transmitting Chagas disease. My granny often had swelling around her eyes while gardening in the spring which looked just like the early stage of that disease. I hardly could walk for a couple of days once when I had several bites on a foot at once.

Then I found another Reduviidae bug, native to Europe and mostly harmless: Reduvius personatus or the masked hunter.

Reduvius personatus01.jpg    There also are similar looking Damsel bugs. Nabis rugosus 2006.05.28 13.47.08-p5280196.jpg

That probably was it. Nasty bite but no worries. Keep gardening.

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Jul 132014
 

Raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries, black & red currants and Darwin’s barberries from the garden, cherries foraged and oranges foraged in a shop.

A bit naughty.

First, because my hubby hates smell of fish. He went to visit our daughter in hospital yesterday, while me and my son had a little seafood fest. I find that the best way to make the house smell nice is to cook jams, cakes, compotes or cookies. This time it certainly worked.

Second it was cooked with cherry stones (then drained). It gives a nice bitter taste but as far as I understand is not very healthy. Mind you I was eating a lot of cherry jam with stones when I was small.

We had this jam and butter with pancakes & croissants today and it was delicious. ..

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