Diving into the wortcunners’ store cupboard again!

Tansy – Tanacetum vulgarae I have a deep interest in plant folklore and herbal use, mainly driven by a close association with my nan whose family spent many generations working on the land in rural Cheshire. A lot of the stories she would tell us when we were kids were about uncles and other relativesContinue reading “Diving into the wortcunners’ store cupboard again!”

Henbane – a witches’ brew!

Henbane ( Hyoscyamus niger ) has long been associated with magic, ritual, murder and healing. A member of the Solanaceae family which includes daily food items such as the potato and tomato, it is highly toxic and along with other toxic members of the family including belladonna and mandrake , has a notorious reputation. NativeContinue reading “Henbane – a witches’ brew!”

In a Prickle

Written by Elaine Gardener (Guest blogger) The adorable hedgehog … voted Britain’s favourite mammal however, numbers show our prickly prehistoric pals are in decline. Important information to make note of: take the time now to locate your nearest hedgehog rescue. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society can be called on (01584 890 801) to provide detailsContinue reading “In a Prickle”

Recipe ideas in tough times

Recipe links: Most of these are simple easy to make and, mostly with everyday ingredients. Students are always trying to stretch the budget, just adjust the quantities to suit the amount of people. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/student https://studenteats.co.uk/recipes/16-idiot-proof-recipes-all-students-should-learn-5647.html Budget meals, the BBC website has always been a good source of inspiration. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/budget https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/cheap-eat More budget friendly meals. https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/g3166/cheap-easy-recipes/Continue reading “Recipe ideas in tough times”

Towards infinity and beyond – or at least 2030!

So we are nearly at the end of February already , sustainability is still high on everyone’s agenda with the 2030 targets all over the media and politicians from around the globe preaching on how we must hit our targets . This got me thinking about where we are and what’s happened so far this yearContinue reading “Towards infinity and beyond – or at least 2030!”

Green motoring, how green are electric vehicles?

With the massive upsurge in usage and ownership of electric vehicles, just how green are they really? is a massive hot topic. Yes the car may produce 0 emissions , but if it’s plugged into the grid, then unless it’s renewable clean energy being generated is it really that green ? There is an awful lotContinue reading “Green motoring, how green are electric vehicles?”

Balsamorhiza sagittata (Oregon sunflower / Arrowleaf balsalm root)

As mentioned in the previous blog, I am interested in plants that have a range of uses and this year one of the species I am trialling will be Balsamorhiza sagittata. Native to the western areas of the USA and Canada, it is a member of the Aster family. In its native range it canContinue reading “Balsamorhiza sagittata (Oregon sunflower / Arrowleaf balsalm root)”