Wild Ruins

June 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Wild Ruins Kickstarter Campaign Over the next six months Dave Hamilton is searching the UK to put together a unique guide to the most hidden and romantic ruins of Britain. From ruined mines, churches, ironworks and deserted villages to abandoned farm houses, hunting lodges, manor houses and even airbases the book will cover the most diverse range of ruins possible.   Without a book such as [...]

Elderflower Cordial 2

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Elderflower Cordial 2 An easy recipe for bulk amounts There are countless recipes for elderflower cordial. Here is one for making bulk amounts taught to me by a Swedish girl. We do have a recipe for making a smaller amount. A spray of elderflower • Place a layer of elder flowers in the bottom of a bucket and cover it with a layer of sugar • Repeat this until the bucket is full (a bag of sugar [...]

Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

June 1, 2014 // 14 Comments

Although we already have an elderflower cordial recipe on our elder article it is one for making it in bulk. I decide that as I have just made a smaller batch of elderflower cordial, some elder flower champagne and our forum is buzzing with talk of elderflower wine it would be good to put up a few recipes here. Elderflower cordial – Elderflower Champagne – Elderflower wine For any [...]

Jobs to be done in May

May 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s another very old article I’ve decided to resurrect, some of the links go to the old website and may look a little dated now! The garden in May can be a busy time for the organic grower. A word of warning do think before you plant out those tender vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers; there is still the threat that it will get cold especially in Northern regions. If you do [...]

In Memory of Nick Gooderham

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last year I lost a very good friend, Nick Gooderham, to pancreatic cancer.  Nick ran a salad, vegetable and cut flower farm in Dartington, close to Totnes in Devon UK (pictured left). He  was an instantly likeable man, kind and generous and humble with his knowledge. One of the things I liked about Nick was his sense of humor, he managed to be very sharp, yet very corny at the same time. At [...]

Nettle Beer

April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is an easy recipe to follow and creates a delightful, if not usual tasting beer. It is very cheap to make and follows a traditionally english recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plant were used to flavor the ale including nettles.(Urtica dioica). It was also thought to help alleviate rheumatic pain, gout and asthma. Nettle beer has become more popular in [...]

Growing in Small Spaces part 1

March 11, 2014 // 10 Comments

Growing in a small space tests even the greenest of fingers. Part of the problem could be the light or lack of it. Another problem with growing in a small space could be the lack of any available soil! I had this problem in a maisonette I once lived in and found the easiest way to cram a lot of plants into a small space is to grow them in pots on weather-proof garden shelves. False Economy [...]

Winter foraging – Dave Hamilton

February 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

Winter foraging may seem a bit of a waste of time, surely nothing grows during the dark, wet days of winter.  It’s true that there is a lot less than at other times of the year but even on the coldest days something can be found, you just might have to look that little bit harder. Unlike other times of year I’ve found it best to keep an open mind about what I might want to pick that day. So, [...]

Growing in Small Spaces 1 – Garden Shelves

October 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

The easiest way to cram a lot of plants into a small space is to grow them in pots on weather-proof shelves.  Cheap(ish) plastic garden shelving can now be bought from major retailers. However, in my experience these are a false economy as they only have a limited life span – the plastic doesn’t seem to hold up to extremes in temperature and in time they become brittle and start to [...]

Vegetarian Paella – Dave Hamilton

September 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

I first came across a version of this recipe not far from the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. After a number of visits to Spain I think it is safe to say the Spanish are not really known for their vegetarian food. However, many bars and restaurants will serve a vegetarian Paella and it is well worth a try. I’ve tried to recreate this traditional recipe with allotment [...]
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