This week began with the Autumn Equinox, the festival of Mabon, which starts on September 21st
The hedgerows are filled with creamy elderflowers. It’s time to forage! Choose elderflower heads that are in full blossom and at their most fragrant to make delicious drinks, skin care and preserves.
I’ve been busy in the kitchen making elderflower champagne, liqueur, vinegar, sugar, oil and dried elderflowers too. Here are the recipes.
We are often asked to start no dig gardens and so Charles, the admin team of our Facebook group and I have come up with the Top Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions.
If we haven’t covered your questions, please ask them in the comments here (or on the Facebook group if you are a member) and we will answer them as soon as we can.
It is the first day of September and autumn has been in the air now for a few weeks, earlier than usual here in Somerset. The garden is full of vegetables, fruit and flowers, bright with sunflowers and snapdragons, but now when I rise at 5 am the sky is still dark and the curtains remain drawn until almost 6 o’clock. I have ordered firewood…
Regular readers of my blog will know that one of passions, and fortunately work, is harvesting seasonal homegrown vegetables, fruit and herbs and delicious food. For our no dig gardening day course at Homeacres on Saturday, I made lunch for 17 (including Charles and myself) using Charles’ gorgeous vegetables (plus some bought ingredients, things we can’t grow easily which I’ll explain later) for around £1 a head, including muffins.
On Monday 3rd July, I was interviewed by Jen Gale about my work, in particular about the ethical aspects of it. This was the first interview for her new series entitled “Meet the Changemaker”. All of these interviews will be uploaded so anyone can view for free onto Jen’s You Tube channel Jen Gale – Ethical Business Coach,
I haven’t met Jen in real life yet, but have ‘known’ her for some time via her Facebook Groups (Make Do and Mend, #MakingGood) and her blog My Make Do and Mend Life
Jen’s blog started when her family decided to spend a year buying nothing new and has developed into a supportive network of likeminded people and her new business. I’ve always enjoyed being resourceful and have found the blog and Facebook group full of inspiration for new ideas.
Online communities can be a great resource for sharing tips and mutual support in a non judgemental way – this is about doing what you can in the circumstances you are in yourself, not trying to be some kind of super-eco-person (although that is fine too!), something I feel very strongly about. Whatever you do, whether it is going off grid or making a couple of meals a week from mostly homegrown ingredients, or darning a hole in a jumper, is worthwhile.
These ideas of course fit closely with growing your own, gardeners are usually a very resourceful bunch, making what they need from what they have saved up ‘just in case’.
This interview was via an app on my phone, which I just propped up against my computer without thinking about how it might look, so the angle is rather strange!