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Food Growing

Vegetables to sow in the autumn

Vegetables to sow in the autumn

Here is a simple guide explaining which vegetables to sow in the autumn. The main growing season may be drawing to a close, but now is a good time to get crops going for picking during the winter months.

Things to do in the garden in September

Things to do in the garden in September

It’s the last few weeks of summer but there are still many things to do in the garden in September with lots of plants to sow for the winter and lots of great fruit, vegetables, and herbs to harvest and enjoy!   Here is a list of things to do in the garden in...

Things to do in the garden in August

Things to do in the garden in August

The days are getting shorter but there is still time to get seeds and plants in the ground and lots more things to do in the garden in August. This is the time of year to appreciate and reflect upon all your hard work and give yourself a well deserved pat on the back,...

Things to do in the garden in July

Things to do in the garden in July

Long days and lots of lovely fresh, tasty, healthy, eco-friendly, plastic-free, homegrown food to harvest and enjoy! Lots of pleasurable things to do in the garden in July!!   Here is a list of things to do in the garden in July: Keep on top of your weeds (mulch,...

Money saving tips for growers

Money saving tips for growers

As soon as you start growing your own food you are on the way to saving lots of money, but here are some money saving tips for growers to help you grow efficiently and successfully.   If anyone can think of any more money saving tips for growers, please lets us...

Things to do in the garden in June

Things to do in the garden in June

June is a great time for food growers in the UK. The weather is warm (well, maybe) and the days are long. Lots to do in the garden in June! Here is a list of things to do and watch out for in our gardens and allotments.   Things to do in the garden in June: Keep...

Living with rabbits – Food plants that rabbits don’t like

Living with rabbits – Food plants that rabbits don’t like

For every problem there are solutions and I have found that a good way to avoid a lot of stress and disappointment when rabbits live nearby is to focus on growing food plants that rabbits don't like eating. Different garden environments have different challenges. Some...

Foraging

Foraging for Brambles with Scrubland Scavenger

Foraging for Brambles with Scrubland Scavenger

The next in the series of Autumn Foraging posts from Scrubland Scavenger. This time we are out Foraging For Brambles (Blackberries).   In the previous post we learned some Foraging Basics such as the kind of kit you need and how to forage responsibly and safely....

Autumn Foraging with Scrubland Scavenger

Autumn Foraging with Scrubland Scavenger

Scrubland Scavenger is out and about in the Scottish Borders doing a spot of Autumn Foraging. This is the first in a series of Autumn Foraging posts for Food Community from Scrubland Scavenger looking at four easily identifiable berries available around this time of...

Dandelion Honey Recipe – Make your own honey using dandelions

Dandelion Honey Recipe – Make your own honey using dandelions

Here is a very simple dandelion honey recipe that I use every spring. Technically it is dandelion syrup as there are no bees involved to make the honey, but it does taste and look a lot like regular honey. This dandelion honey recipe is so quick, easy and cheap and if...

Garden Syrup Recipe – Capture summer scents and flavours

Garden Syrup Recipe – Capture summer scents and flavours

Here is a very simple garden syrup recipe that you can adapt to your taste and use to make the most of whatever crops you have in abundance. This garden syrup recipe is hardly even a recipe. Just your favourite flowers/fruits/herbs with  sugar and water. But syrup...

Cleavers Tea – Tasty, cleansing and free

Cleavers Tea – Tasty, cleansing and free

Cleavers Tea is a great drink that is not only abundantly and freely available during spring and summer, but also very nice tasting and extremely healthy. Why not give it a try? Cleavers is a common weed also known as sticky willow/sticky...

Recipe for Elderflower Cordial – Seasonal recipes for June

Recipe for Elderflower Cordial – Seasonal recipes for June

Here is a simple seasonal recipe for Elderflower Cordial. If you have never tried Elderflower cordial before, it is a super refreshing summer drink with an interesting and mature flavour that you will never tire of!   Recipe for Elderflower Cordial: Ingredients...

Recipes

Homegrown Teas – Better for you, tastier and free

Homegrown Teas – Better for you, tastier and free

Herbs are very easy to grow and as well as being wonderful to cook with, also make medicinal, tasty, fragrant infusions that are better for us than shop-bought bags or leaves and free once you have your plants. Let's take a look at some of the different homegrown teas...

Hazelnut Spread Recipe – Super simple super tasty!

Hazelnut Spread Recipe – Super simple super tasty!

Ultra easy Nutella-style Hazelnut Spread Recipe that you can make in minutes. Great way to use hazelnuts that grow so well in the UK. In another post we looked at Nuts we can grow in the UK. Hazelnuts are the easiest to get a decent crop of and can be grown...

Broad Bean Hummus Recipe – Simple, tasty and nutritious

Broad Bean Hummus Recipe – Simple, tasty and nutritious

Here is a simple, tasty and nutritious Broad Bean Hummus Recipe. If you haven't tried Broad Bean Hummus before, DO! Beautiful taste, dead easy to make and a refreshing alternative to regular chickpea hummus. Broad beans (also known as Fava Beans) are easy to grow and...

Recipe for Rhubarb Crumble –  Simple seasonal recipe

Recipe for Rhubarb Crumble – Simple seasonal recipe

Here is a really simple seasonal recipe for Rhubarb Crumble. Rhubarb is a hardy perennial that is so easy to grow year after year and there is a long harvest between April and August. Everyone should have a rhubarb patch! And everyone should have a recipe for Rhubarb...

Parsnip Cake Recipe – Great simple recipe for Parsnip Cake

Parsnip Cake Recipe – Great simple recipe for Parsnip Cake

Here is a very simple, very tasty, nutritious, Parsnip Cake Recipe. Parsnip cake has a similar moist texture to carrot cake and is just as yummy! Ingredients: Batter 175 g parsnips 100 g wholemeal flour 100 g soft brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1.5 teaspoons...

Dandelion Honey Recipe – Make your own honey using dandelions

Dandelion Honey Recipe – Make your own honey using dandelions

Here is a very simple dandelion honey recipe that I use every spring. Technically it is dandelion syrup as there are no bees involved to make the honey, but it does taste and look a lot like regular honey. This dandelion honey recipe is so quick, easy and cheap and if...

Nutrition

Edible and inedible parts of plants

Edible and inedible parts of plants

Let’s take a look at edible and inedible parts of plants that we typically grow in our gardens and allotments to ensure that we are making maximum use of our crops and avoiding plant parts that can poison us. 

The importance of dietary fibre and high fibre foods we can grow

The importance of dietary fibre and high fibre foods we can grow

To function healthily our bodies require a balance of proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates (sugar, starch and fibre), fats, and water. In this article we take a look at the importance of dietary fibre and high-fibre foods we can grow in our gardens and allotments.

Healthy carbohydrates we can grow in our gardens

Healthy carbohydrates we can grow in our gardens

There is a lot of talk these days about carbohydrates. Here we will analyse what exactly is a carbohydrate and what are healthy carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are molecules that have carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms. Sugars and starches are carbohydrates and their main...

Plants that are high in Vitamin C – Grow your own Vitamin C

Plants that are high in Vitamin C – Grow your own Vitamin C

Vitamin C is vital for the immune system, to protect cells and keep them healthy, for maintaining healthy skin, heart, blood vessels, bones and cartilage and for helping with wound healing. Here is a list of plants that are high in Vitamin C. There are many plants...

Plants that are high in calcium – Grow your own calcium

Plants that are high in calcium – Grow your own calcium

Calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth, regulating muscle contractions including heartbeat, and making sure blood clots normally. Calcium is not only found in dairy products, there are many great sources of calcium that we can grow ourselves. Here is a list of...

Plants that are high in protein – Grow your own Protein

Plants that are high in protein – Grow your own Protein

Protein is essential for growth and repair of the body and provides us with energy. Protein is not only found in animal products, there are many great sources of protein that we can grow ourselves. Here is a list of plants that are high in protein. Protein is present...

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