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.
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 calcium.
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.
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?
Here is a really simple and relatively low-in-sugar recipe for rhubarb jam. Rhubarb is so easy to grow year after year. With a reasonably sized rhubarb patch you can make enough rhubarb jam to get you through the year if you are organised and make lots of pots in different batches between April and August.
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!
June is a great time for food growers in the UK. The weather is warm and the days are long. Lots of things to do in the garden in June!
A good way to avoid a lot of stress and disappointment with rabbits is to focus on growing food plants that rabbits don’t like eating.
Walking Onions (also called Tree Onions/Egyptian Onions/Topsetting Onions) are a hardy perennial that grow back every year from their bulbs.
Here’s how to make your own oat milk. It’s dead easy, costs pennies, and no more cartons! Oat milk is low in fat, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
Even in late Spring there is still a risk of frosts, so keep an eye on your local weather forecast for any days when temperatures are likely to drop below 0ºC (32ºF). Spring frost can damage tender young growth and blossom so it’s a good idea to be prepared to protect from late frosts in May.
Weeds spring up with with a vengeance in April and May and it is really important to control weeds now to ensure they don’t go to seed when they will spread all over the place and to weaken them and stop them establishing themselves with long deep roots.
Convert your lawn into food growing beds to take the strain off our farmers and supermarkets. You don’t have to convert your lawn entirely and you can easily grow it back if you want to in the future, but let’s prioritise growing food over growing grass.
Many of our common weeds are perfectly edible and highly nutritious. Early spring is the best time to be eating these edible weeds, when they are at their most tender. Here is a list of some of the best UK weeds – versatile, tasty, nutritious, sustainable and free!
List of harvest times for fruit in the UK, stretching from March to November, with the main harvesting period between June and August.
Broad beans are a fantastic, easy-to-grow, super-tasty source of protein and fibre. In the UK broad bean seed can be sown directly into the ground outside either in October or November or in March, April or May. Here is some simple guidance on how to grow your own Broad Beans…
Early spring is a good time to grow Elder trees from cuttings. It’s a quick and easy job that creates new trees for your garden and/or neighbours.
Early spring is a good time to prepare to grow your own new fruit bushes from cuttings such as currants and berries. It’s a quick and easy job that creates lots of free new plants for your garden and/or to give to neighbours.
List of fast growing UK vegetables that we can grow from seed straight into the ground outside in early spring for a quick harvest.
Indoor home growing in the UK is sadly undervalued and largely unexplored. But it is a vital factor in us becoming more self sufficient and growing our own food all year round.