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Horseradish Harvest – Perennial Medicinal Spice

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Horseradish is a hardy perennial from southeastern Europe. It’s edible spicy roots resemble the flavor of mustard or wasabi. They are best grated and eaten raw, also commonly made into a sauce. If cooked most of the pungency goes away. The roots have a number of uses in herbal medicine. The young leaves are excellent […]

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Apios Harvest – Ancient Edible Ground Nut

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Apios is also known as ground nut and it’s one of those ancient foods our ancestors and native Americans have been eating. Back in the day when explorers traveling from east to west in north America, Apios was used as a source of forageable food along the way. It’s common name used to be travelers […]

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Useful Plants Series – Willow

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Willows are ornamental yet useful in many ways. Willow cuttings can be planted by simply sticking them into the ground, no need to dig a hole for planting. They do very well in wet conditions, even in waterlogged soil. They root vigorously and grow very quickly. Willows provide food for the bees and other pollinators […]

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Useful Plants Series – Tuberous Sweet Pea

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Latin name: Lathyrus tuberosus Whilst garden peas are commonly grown both for edible pods and seeds, sweet peas are not edible however they are very ornamental. The tuberous kind is rare and it is perennial. The tuber stores the plants energy throughout the winter months under the soil protecting them from frost and helping the […]

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Useful Plants Series – Yacon

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Latin name: Smallanthus sonchifolius or Polymnia sonchifolia Yacon is now available in our SHOP, however only in very limited numbers this winter. We will do our best to grow more next year so that we can offer them at better value per growing tip. Yacon is yet another of those edible perennial tubers from the […]

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Useful Plants Series – Oca

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Oxalis Tuberosa Available seasonally in our SHOP from November to April. Oca is an ancient tuber from the Andes. Whilst it has similarities to the potato, it is certainly smaller in size however it is superior in some ways. They are easy to grow, needs no attention and very little space. Oca are very healthy […]

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Useful Plants Series – Rhubarb

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Rheum rhabarbarum Rhubarb is a hardy perennial plant native to central Asia requiring no maintenance and provides an abundant harvest year after year. Great ground cover for planting along borders and under trees, in particular fruit trees. You can allow it to flower, this will attract a lot of beneficial insects and you can collect […]