Cleavers Foraging, Identification, Herbal Remedies and Uses

Cleavers Foraging, Identification, Herbal Remedies and Uses

Galium aparine or Cleavers is one of the first spring plants to brave the early spring weather. Tiny whorls of cleavers burst through the matted brown carpet of dead grass and leaves and remind us that the ground beneath our feet is bursting with growth and shoots...
Gardening Books I’m Loving Right Now

Gardening Books I’m Loving Right Now

Winter is always a time that I crave a good gardening book. The lush colourful pictures of gardens are so inspiring and just the ticket to say goodbye to the winter blues. I decided to film a video on some of my current favourites including Wild about Weeds by Jack...
A peek inside our Morning Basket for January

A peek inside our Morning Basket for January

We like to start off with a nursery rhyme from our Mother Goose Treasury. Usually I chose one based on the Exploring Nature with Children curriculum, so for example for the Night Sky week we used Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Sometimes I will use some finger puppets...
Growing Shallots

Growing Shallots

As January comes to a close we can begin to think about getting out into the garden to grow some veg, and one of my favourite jobs is to plant shallots.  Shallots are a wonderful addition to any veg garden, with their sweet, aromatic and mild flavour they make a...
Creating a Cut Flower Container Garden

Creating a Cut Flower Container Garden

On this last day of January I’m dreaming of my container garden that sits out the front of my Irish cottage. I usually plant edibles and medicinal plants such as kitchen herbs, mints, pelegoniums, calendula, nasturium and chamomile. However after watching this...

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