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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Jan 202015
 
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Jan 202015
 

A Dream that is very important to me

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Jan 172015
 

Even mid #winter shows signs of the #spring coming. .. #plants #daffodils #garden #seasons #wales #цветы #growing #hope #nature #shouts #green #linandara_plants #rebirth #ростки #сад #нарциссы (at Linandara art & craft)

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Jan 142015
 

One of the lovely #willow #rabbits at #Cultivate (#Newtown #PenDinas community #garden ) #newtownpowys #wales #communitygarden #snow #today #sun #sculpture #hare #wicker #lawn #growing #community #сад #linandara_built #wintermood #rabbit

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Jan 092015
 

My “post apocalyptic” raised bed border made of upcycled glass jars…

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Nov 052014
 

At the #allotment #today. .. #autumn doesn’t feel like a #season of dying, but as a promise of a new #life… #green #shoots #myallotment #growing #plants #onion #seeds #shoots #vegetables #clouds #fall #chasingautumn #linandara_plants #sunny #побеги #грядка #лук

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Oct 022014
 

Some of yesterday’s allotment harvest. .. It’s not just organic but also very low maintenance. I grow only the vegetables which want to grow anyway… Most of them I just plant. Potatoes had a bit of soil added twice.

Haven’t quite figured out how to dig up long scorcenera roots so they a bit shortened. ..

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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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Jul 202014
 

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

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