Spring Foraging – for a cleansing natural detox

Spring may still seem like weeks away, but the avid forager will all ready be doing some research and preparing the store cupboard ready for a sudden abundance of natures crops fresh for harvesting. Those of you that took part in our Autumn foraging school will recall that many of the fresh leafy perennials are…

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Foraging builds lasting relationships

Finding a foraging partner may seem like an impossible task, especially if your partner shows no interest in rising before sun break or have time to spare hunting the hedgerow’s for the latest crop of wild berries or leaves.  Foraging for some is a chance to reconnect with nature, embracing the elements to seasonal harvest…

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Climber of the month – August – Clematis tangutica ‘Bill McKenzie’

When I think of climbing plants Clematis is the first plant that comes to mind, having so many forms, the Clematis rivals the English Rose. I chose Clematis tangutica ‘Bill McKenzie’ as Climber of August due to the success achieved from planting three of these fast growing Summer flowering clematis early this year. I have…

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Plant Food Diet Plan to Grow your own families health.

Have you considered providing for your families health through nutritional plant foods instead of relying on processed foods enriched by vitamin supplements that provide basic nutrition at best? I have fully embraced a vegetarian diet since the New Year, futhermore I have largely accepted a plant based diet. Follow my plant food diet journey as…

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Spring Garden flowers on the edge of the Cheshire plains

Rhododendrons in dappled shade, Magnolias and Azaleas were a big part of my ‘Red Castle’ apprenticeship as a flushed face teenagers full of wonderment at the world of nature and the adventure it was sure to bring.

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Snowdrops an Addictive Spring time Obsession for Galanthophiles

Having always admired the humble snowdrop from afar, I decided it was time that this Head Gardener become up close and personal with the delicate Galanthus. Little did I know what a vast expedition I was about to undertake much like my four year obsession with fungi and subsequently foraging. This interesting  green swatch Galanthus…

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How to Find and Prepare a Juicy Beefsteak Mushroom

A mushroom that looks, feels, is full of protein and even tastes like meat? Photo Credit: Sam Harris Next time you talk a country walk, keep an eye out for one of Mushrooms best kept secrets! Beefsteak fungi (Fistulina hepatica) or known regionally in the UK as Ox tongue fungi, is a great find when found growing…

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Fight Cold’s and Flu with World Famous Rose Hip Syrup

A keen interest in Foraging has unearthed a new interest in cooking and cookery ingredients, that I never fully realised before and as with all new recipes there are always going to be winners and losers! Generating the most interest during our foraging classes was the internationally favoured Rose Hip syrup. So instead of simply…

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6 Reasons to Forage with your Family

Understanding nature, the by laws, rights to roam and how to best prepare your new- found harvest all very important aspects of foraging. Whilst the internet is an endless supply of data there are however some things you simply cannot learn unless you’re in the field (excuse the pun) and literally getting your hands dirty….

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Test Your Knowledge of Edible or Poisonous Mushrooms?

Learning to identify Mushrooms can only be taught by a professional. So if you are lucky enough to get an invite to go Mushroom hunting, then be sure to grab your coat and boots, basket and knife. There’s nothing nicer on a sunny autumnal day than a spot of mushroom foraging. Unfortunately, finding wild mushrooms…

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Love Colour in your Garden in July

July has been quite a month with Summer flowers in full bloom the garden is a hive of activity! Insects, bees and wildlife busy collecting their own produce, whether it be freshly filled pollen sacs or feeding from the unfurling leaves of your favourite roses. I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some of…

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Hawthorn leafy tips the sweet taste of Spring

I remember my grandfather taking me for long countryside walks as a child, roaming over pastures and hillside. Whilst I was simply admiring the view, I think back and I am sure my grandfather must have had other ideas, he was probably checking on the livestock and perhaps even foraging. On such a trip I…

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Social Media for Growing Gardens

Gardening attracts a large amount of media attention both socially online and during the season of flower shows and garden fete’s. In-fact horticulture generates a huge revenue from market gardeners to garden designer, plant sales and associated gardening products. Hardly surprising that Gardening invites a massive social following, it is such a diverse industry there…

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Quick cured and marinated mushrooms

Originally posted on Taste the Wild:
When I tried out this recipe from southern Italy I was amazed to find how much flavour you can pack into marinated mushrooms in such a short time. Everyone on this weekends Foraging fungi course seemed to agree when we served them up as a  starter with some flatbreads fresh…

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Hunting for Bolete – Porcini Mushrooms

Hunting for Bolete mushrooms is great fun for people of all ages and one of my favourite mushrooms to search for. In fact, like me many people find that mushroom hunting is very addictive and as such make several outings during the season to their favourite bolete mushroom spot. Bolete’s edulis are known as the…

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Hawthorn – A Sweet Taste of Spring

I remember my grandfather taking me for long countryside walks as a child, roaming over pastures and hillside. Whilst I was simply admiring the view, I think back and I am sure my grandfather must have had other ideas, he was probably checking on the livestock and perhaps even foraging. On such a trip I…

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