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Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

June 1, 2014 // 16 Comments

A spray of elderflower As elderflower season is at its height it seems like a good time to re-post Andy’s recipes for Elderflower cordial, Elderflower Champagne, and Elderflower wine For any problems with elderflower champagne please see Andy’s other site. Elderflower Cordial An easy to make drink that can be frozen in plastic bottles, leaving room for expansion, so it can be enjoyed [...]

Preserving Cherries – Dave Hamilton

July 27, 2012 // 4 Comments

Town planners of 20th century often included cherry trees in their planting schemes as they loved the blossom. The fruit was something of an afterthought, but not for us foragers. It has meant that added to the list of usual places to hunt for cherries you should include housing estates and parks. You will more often than not find the bitter bird cherry. but on some occasions you can strike the [...]

Drought Gardening By Andy Hamilton first published in the Ecologist

April 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

Summer in the garden is beautiful, but hauling gallons of water from the kitchen tap to your beds is neither fun nor sustainable. Here’s some tips on how to drought-proof your plot First published in the Ecologist 2 years ago. Written by Andy Hamilton In this hot weather plants – and especially thirsty vegetables – are at risk from dying if they don’t get a good soaking. I [...]

April foraging – Early Spring Wild food by Andy Hamilton

April 6, 2012 // 2 Comments

Winter is becoming like last night’s dream and any hazy reminders of its presence are starting to seem out of place. On seemingly dead wood once a tightly packed parcels have now opened to reveal their true nature, these little green miracles are growing with such vigour they are changing the landscape daily. It might be a hungry gap in the garden, but it is anything but in the hedgerow. It’s [...]

Wild food available in March – Early Spring Foraging – Andy Hamilton

March 20, 2012 // 7 Comments

I love this season as its a time when gardening, nature spotting, foraging and home brewing can all start in earnest. Its a time when food starts to appear, everywhere. Here are my favorite wild plants to expect in March almost anywhere in the UK and across much of North America. These foods were all found in Bristol, UK during March. Birch Sap The sap of the Birch rises throughout March in the [...]

Booze for Free by Andy Hamilton

August 14, 2011 // 32 Comments

Despite the long lonely days (and sometimes nights) with just a keyboard for company, the occasionally twinge of RSI, the days of procrastination and the slow withdraw from everyday life, I love being a writer and especially a non-fiction writer. One of the main reasons is that I get to choose what to write about and therefore what I do for around about a year (which is the length of time it [...]

Foraging for burdock and burdock recipes (Gobo recipes)

July 11, 2011 // 7 Comments

I see burdock as an old friend, it’s odd but just a peak of the leaves pocking out of the undergrowth can bring a smile to my face and as I see it I say (sometimes out loud) “ah Burdock”. Just as you might say, “Ah George, not seen you in a while”. Told you it was odd! It is perhaps as burdock is one of those plants that can’t help but have memories attached. [...]

Home Made Crackers – By Andy Hamilton

July 7, 2011 // 4 Comments

Andy Hamilton When you get in from work and want to put your feet up with a cuppa you can’t beat having some cheese and crackers to go with it. But why keep buying crackers when you can make very tasty ones at home? This recipe is a very easy one to follow so there should be no excuses. To store put them in a sealed container and away from sunlight. Ingredients 100g Butter 150g plain flour [...]

Foraging for Medicine – Part one – Lime/linden blossom (Tilia) – Andy Hamilton

June 22, 2011 // 7 Comments

Picking lime blossom could'nt be easier. First find a tree, many victorian parks are lined with them and this is always a good place to start. Otherwise, they are often the trees that line our suburbs, the ones that get pruned to withing an inch of their lives in the winter/early spring before filling up with leaves and looking like the poodle of the tree world [...]

Eating and drinking Japanese Knotweed by Andy Hamilton

March 14, 2011 // 36 Comments

Eating and drinking Japanese Knotweed Japanese Knotweed was first introduced to our shores as a garden plant in about 1825. It doesn’t form any viable seed in this country so it’s rather remarkable how much it has spread. It is said that there is some growing in every 10km grid square in the UK, a sobering statistic. Just like stinging nettles it spreads by the root (rhizomes) and a piece the [...]
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