Tag Archives: Wild Garlic

Spring is here

Spring is here

Meteorologists conventionally define each season as three months long and spring in the UK as March, April and May. The spring Equinox is on 20 March 2015 – this is when the day and night are approximately the same length. In the southern hemisphere, 20 March is the date of the autumn equinox.

In temperate parts of the world, spring is the season that follows winter and is associated with the fresh growth of vegetation, germination of dormant seeds, resuming of activity in hibernating creatures and the start of animal and plant reproduction. (thanks Woodland Trust for this description)

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Foraging for wild garlic

Mmmm wild garlic I love you so much!

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Yesterday we went foraging for wild garlic in our local woodlands, within walking distance from Blackpool town centre, the leaves are vibrant and the flower buds are aching to open. It’s the perfect time of year to collect some leaves and turn them into garlic delights. Remember the foraging code though, only take what you need, I only take 2-3 leaves from each plant to leave enough for healthy growth.

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Vegan wild garlic soup feed 3 for 38p!

This is the best time of year to start foraging for wild garlic, its deep green shoots and leaves are growing steadily in woodlands around the UK, the strong smell you get as you walk by, wafts through the woods and forests giving a heady scent of garlic and you know spring is here.

Grab yourself a handful, from the middle of the patch is best, the edges tend to have dog wee on them, I take a few leaves from a few different plants, that way you give the plants chance to keep growing at the same rate, take scissors and snip them off, tearing the leaves isn’t great. Don’t dig up the plants either! leave some for other people too.

wild garlic and potato soup

I made some wild garlic and potato soup for lunch, its simple to do, quick and delicious and best of all it costs 12.5 p a bowl!

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Foraging for beginners

Good ideas when foraging!
Learn to identify plants correctly and investigate all their uses. Many plants are not suitable for certain long term illnesses so make sure you check them out first.
Learn to identify the poisonous plants in your area. DO NOT EAT ANYTHING YOU CANNOT POSITIVELY IDENTIFY AND DEEM SAFE.

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Healthy eating on a budget

As the prices of things go up a lot more people are being careful of what they spend or even making a choice of putting money on the electric or buying food, it’s all about budgeting and spending wisely, so I want to offer you a series of handy tip and ideas on how to budget and spend a little but still eat healthily, and make conscious ethical choices.

I have heard many times “we can’t afford to eat organic” or “we can’t afford to buy coconut oil at £6 a jar”, I understand this mindset but it is really all about prioritising and finding a way which works for you, you can do you best and that IS good enough for this moment in time, do consider though not only will you be saving money buy not impulse buying when there is nothing left for tea, you will also be making yourself and your family feel healthy and free of disease.

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Wild garlic soup recipe

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We love foraging especially for wild garlic, it smells wonderful and the experience of going into the woodland to collect it is a wonder to the senses, the birdsong, the trees, ohh we love it!!

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