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Things to do in the garden in November

Things to do in the garden in November

Temperatures are significantly down, the clocks have gone back and the days are drawing to a close early. But there are still loads of things to plant, harvest, and do in the garden in November, including our most important job of the year – feeding the soil!

Our Garden. By Victoria Harvey

Our Garden. By Victoria Harvey

When I think about the first five years we spent in our new home, I smile and remember fondly the way our new build garden looked; roughly turned soil, no definition and a request to the builders to leave a border around the garden before they started to turf.  ...

My Story. By Christine Battiston

My Story. By Christine Battiston

With the right mind set, growing food is very rewarding for my family and community as it reduces our carbon footprint, encourages seed and produce sharing with our neighbours, and gives my children the opportunities to develop strong life skills.   Home...

A healthy hobby that brings the family together. By Linda Lovatt

A healthy hobby that brings the family together. By Linda Lovatt

We moved into our neglected little steading 16 years ago. Before we even started work on the house we built some raised beds and fixed up an old wooden greenhouse we had been given.   We had very little experience of growing vegetables but read the seed packets,...

The Accidental Gardener. By Katrina Malone

The Accidental Gardener. By Katrina Malone

When I moved to the country last year it was for the peace and the views. The garden is big but I still had no intention of growing and cooking my own produce. I have never planted anything I have eaten before and I wasn't planning to start.   It was autumn when...

My Veg Garden Journey. By Carole George

My Veg Garden Journey. By Carole George

As a child in the 60s, I grew up on homegrown veg – tomatoes picked straight from the vine, carrots pulled out of the soil and eaten raw, and podding peas for a snack.   About three years ago, I tired of eating tasteless veg wrapped in needless packaging, so...

My Veggie Garden Story. By Sandra Bossowska

My Veggie Garden Story. By Sandra Bossowska

Growing some veggies and herbs always was a dream of mine but with a busy work schedule and 6 rescue dogs it has never been quite possible… not only because of the lack of time but also because of the surplus of dog wee splashing around!   Once the lockdown...

Foraging

Foraging for Sloes with Scrubland Scavenger

Foraging for Sloes with Scrubland Scavenger

The next in the series of Autumn Foraging posts from Scrubland Scavenger. This time we are out Foraging For Sloes.   In the previous post we were Foraging for Brambles. Prior to that we learned some Foraging Basics such as the kind of kit you need and how to...

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...

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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