Category Archives: Grow Your Own

Great tips on growing your own organic fruit and veg.

Tomato chutney recipe River Cottage

I have a massive amount of tomatoes that hadn’t turned red last week on the allotment and a fellow plot holder advised I pick them all in case the frost came and they would be ruined, I ended up with 7 & 1/2 pounds of tomatoes altogether, I used the red ones for breakfast and pop the others in a large bowl with some bananas in the hope they would turn ripe.

A week later and not much progress, some had started to go bad so I got my trusty River Cottage year cookery book and found a great recipe for ‘glutney’

toms

 

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All about Thyme and how amazing it is!

I love herbs!

I use them in cooking, in remedies, in potions for the bath and skin, I love infusing them in oil and drying them for winter, I have a cracking collection now which has been easy to build up over the past few years. My favourite is always Thyme, this grows year round even when it’s snowing and doesn’t need drying out to store, it’s also very hardy, can last for days without watering even in hot weather, grows well in shade and poor soil too although I like to put my coffee grounds on the soil for an extra boost and comes in all different types, I have lemon thyme ( which hasn’t grown as abundantly as I would like) and English Thyme.

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Got an allotment? a beginners guide

I often get asked how do you know where to start when you are given an allotment, sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially if the plot is large and overgrown.

There are 3 different types of allotment growing styles from my perspective,

1.The uniform, weed free, everything measured and in lines allotment.

2. The raised beds, kind of tidy but with extra plants type

3. The free range, eco, grow everything mixed in type.

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Elderberries – fight flu for free!

Sambucus nigra or the black elderberry is a plant native to Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia

The elder tree is amazing, it’s a small to medium sized tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall. It is found in hedgerows, down leafy lanes and in dappled wooded areas. It flowers from May onwards and the black/purple berries appear in August.

It is a brilliant plant as you can use the flowers and the berries for culinary and medicinal purposes. Make sure the berries are ripe before using (a dark purple).

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Top 4 versatile herbs to grow

We love herbs here at Naked Wild and Free and have a lovely collection growing in our garden but we tend to keep going back again and again to the same few for cooking, medicinal purposes and to use on our bodies, garden and home.

lavender

Herbs are valued for their flavour, scent and healing properties. When you grow your own herbs you will save a lot of money and enjoy the benefits of having them at hand just by your kitchen. They are so versatile too!

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Dandelion an amazing ‘weed’

 

Not only are dandelions great for bees but the are also great to eat in a salad, please don’t class them as ‘weeds’ because they are so much more, you can eat the leaves and the petals, make teas and coffee too.  They are also good for your health as shown in the following post from Homesteadingsurvival.com

dandelion

Dandelion Health Benefits :

1) Cancer: the root extract is unique, and is one of the only things found to help with chronic myelomonocytic Leukemia and It is effective in treating Breast Tumors.

2) Detoxification of vital organs: Because of the diuretic abilities of dandelion root, it is beneficial for flushing out the Liver, Kidneys and Gallbladder. İt works great to purify the blood and cleanse the system. This also makes it a good herb for Fighting İnfections.
It is also used for Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout and Rheumatism.

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