I had a few conversations last week with people surprised to find out that chickweed is edible. Familiar to gardeners as a ubiquitous weed, up at Kilburn tube station where Transition Kensal to Kilburn has mini-allotment, our beds are full of them.
Michael Stuart, who is our resident urban foraging expert at the tube garden (he knows more than many people I know, anyway) told me a while ago that it's edible. Since then, we started referring to our weeding of chickweed as "harvesting",…Continue
Added by Sanchia Dunn on April 9, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments
Hello again... I promised to post some pictures of the habitat panel I made recently. Firstly a picture of what inspired me - a very simple, colourful panel I saw recently at the Ecobuild exhibition at the Excel centre.Continue
Added by Sanchia Dunn on April 2, 2013 at 23:21 — No Comments
I know Spring is a bad time for my long forgotten winter blogpost and pics. But I'll be brief.
If there's one type of plant (Angiosperms vs Bryophytes? I'll leave someone better informed to fight it out) that looks amazing in the depths of winter, it's moss. I know very little about them, but I love them at this time of year. They seem so vibrant and bursting with life at a time when everything else has gone a bit quiet and underground. So I have a bit of respect for them. For the kid…Continue
I'm usually more of a traditional female crafter & grafter, although it's mostly my food based skills that have seen a bit more action recently.
This was firstly in the form of some sloe & apple jam - both frozen after last autumn's harvest due to lack of time. Gorgeous colour, as expected, and similar to damson jam. I couldn't wait to taste it. But it had a strange dry, slightly grainy texture like smooth peanut butter, created or activated by…Continue
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I was out on Hampstead Heath yesterday for work (honest). I decided to walk back towards Swiss Cottage for my weekly swim when something made me stop in my tracks. I don't think I've ever seen a kiwi vine in flower in real life, and certainly wasn't expecting to see one in London.
But this vine was so healthy looking and laden that it hung right over the pavement, which why I noticed them. See the photo's below.…Continue