• Versatile Nettle

    They’re often unappreciated, but have plenty of uses. Rich in iron and vitamins, in early spring their young leaves provide a tasty and healthy green vegetable. In soups, salads, pesto, risotto and more, they can be used a bit like spinach. Or dried for tea or ground into a powder and added to smoothies. Having nettles in your garden is a sign of good quality soil. They are also great for improving soil and are dynamic accumulators, meaning that they are able to bring up nutrients from deeper down in the soil making them available to other plants. Nettle clippings can also be added to compost or made into “nettle…

  • Hop shoots: a spring delicacy!

    They grow so fast! It is said that hop shoots can grow up to 30 cm in a day. Hops provide an early source of greens in the hungry gap and then provide other culinary options when the flowers emerge. It is our first spring on the plot and although we saw a glimpse of hops at the bottom of the garden last autumn, it is only now that we have discovered the extent of them. What Wealth! We have been picking and experimenting with these for the last few weeks. With a taste reminiscent of asparagus and a texture that makes us think of samphire (Salicornia europaea), it has…