Tag: Spring

Sunny Afternoons at the Blackford Glen Medicine Garden

This year we’ll be redeveloping our Blackford Glen Medicine Garden into distinct areas which represent systems of the body and corresponding medicinal plants which can be used to support those systems. We are mostly choosing to use plants which are native or naturalised in Scotland, with some commonly cultivated medicinal imports, and then also some …

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Herb Profile: Garlic Mustard, Jack By The Hedge

Botanical Name: Alliaria petiolata Family:  Brassicaceae (Cabbage Family) Common Names: Jack by the Hedge, Jack in the Bush, Garlic Root, Hedge Garlic, Sauce-alone, Penny Hedge, Poor Man’s Mustard Identification:  Found in hedges and edges. A biennial with a distinct mustardy smell. In it’s first year a rosette of heart shaped leaves with a wavy margin are formed. …

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Blackford Glen Medicine Garden Starting to Shape up

The last Sunday of every month a small group of us gather at our shared medicine garden in Blackford Glen. After plenty of hard work its now starting to look really beautiful. Yesterday we planted more herbs including Wood Betony, Sweet Violets, Agastache and the delicious Balm of Gilead. More photos to follow next month …

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Wee Stall at the Lochend Community Growing Project

          I had a great time on Saturday celebrating the Spring Equinox at the Lochend Community Growing Project. In honour of the changing seasons I set up a wee stall with some information about the most common and forage-able spring herbs for eating and making medicines out of. Lovely chatting to …

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Foraging for Spring Tonics

Spring is an incredibly important time for plants, animals and humans alike. Historically, before our current climate of trade globalisation where we import fresh greens out of season from around the world, winter in Northern climates was a time of limited nutrition. People would have only been able to eat what they could grow, or …

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Exciting Developments this Spring

I am very pleased to have a number of herbal projects lining up this spring, which I am really looking forward to cracking on with. The first is another attempt to form a small herb growing collective around our wee patch at Blackford Glen. So far this is going much better than last year when …

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