Archive for October, 2009

Comfrey – Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 30 October 2009 | 5 Comments
Categories: Outdoors, The soil, The vegetable patch, Wild foods

Common Comfrey is related to both the herb ‘borage’ and the similar plant ‘Russian comfrey.’   Herbalists have used it for centuries, including the classical Greeks and the Turks.   Its old English name was ‘knit-bone’ or ‘bone-set’ because its ability to heal wounds. Comfrey – As a plant feed Comfrey is often eliminated as […]

Frost Gardeners friend or foe? – Andy Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 30 October 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Outdoors, The soil

Frost can be a gardeners friend or enemy, it is early February as I write and I am eagerly awaiting a frost to help break down the big clods of earth I have turned on my allotment. This is especially useful if you have thick clay soil. Frost as a Friend A frost will also […]

Wild Flower Gardens – Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 30 October 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Outdoors, Seasonal Garden

This method of establishing a wild flower garden I stumbled on quite by mistake and have since encouraged others to try the same. After harvesting my carrots I left the land-fallow, I no longer wanted to grow any crops, as I would soon be leaving the house. After quite a short amount of time weeds […]

A quick guide to vitamins – Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 30 October 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Food, Herbal medicine

Vitamins can be broken into two groups – Fat soluble and water soluble. The Fat Soluble vitamins are Vitamins A, D, E and K.   They are stored in the liver so unlike water soluble vitamins, (B vitamins and Vitamin C) they are not always needed every day. Vitamin A – Retinol and Beta Carotene Retinol […]

Iron, Calcium and Salt – Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 30 October 2009 | 3 Comments
Categories: Food, Herbal medicine, Reference

Iron Iron is useful throughout the body but it is mainly present in our blood where it is attached to a molecule known as haemoglobin. It is the presence of these haemoglobin molecules that gives us red blood cells making our blood red. People with not enough iron in their diet will suffer from a […]

Dandelion crop or pest?

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 30 October 2009 | 8 Comments
Categories: Food, Outdoors, Seasonal Garden, Wild food, Wild food, Wild foods

Dandelions are traditionally a well-know bane of most gardeners, their deep roots make them a tough weed to eliminate from any plot.   To ensure they do not return the entire root must be taken out. This is perhaps best done in the autumn if they are to be used, as this is when the […]

How to dye clothes naturally – dave hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 30 October 2009 | 1 Comment
Categories: Lifestyle

Extract from Selfsufficientish Bible You can use a range of plants for home dying. Clothes that are dyed with natural dyes should not be machine washed as the colours can run. Before dying, treat the fabric with a mordant to fix the colour. 1. Soak the garment for at least 2 hours in a mordant […]

No space to grow? No problem – Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 30 October 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Outdoors, Small space kitchen gardens

This article originally appeared on the Big Green Idea’s newsletter for December 2008 The dream of becoming self-sufficient in at least food is one that many of us aspire to but unfortunately few of us can hope to achieve. The hankering to live the rural idyll is often hindered by the simple fact that where […]

Perennial Far Eastern Potato Soup – By Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 30 October 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Food, Seasonal cooking

This is a great recipe for any time of the year as many of the ingredients can be grown or foraged all year round (i.e. wild leaves and mushrooms) or as with potatoes, carrots and beans you may have some in storage for the winter months. Ingredients – Serves One You can times each ingredient […]

Clafoutis aux cerises

Yazan: Dave | 30 October 2009 | 1 Comment
Categories: Food, Seasonal cooking

While teaching in France I was introduced to this recipe by one of my colleagues who had a few very productive cherry trees in her garden. Throughout June and July the usual packets of chocolate biscuits in the staff-room were replaced by platefuls of fresh cherries, and, on occasion, this simple and delicious dessert. It […]


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