Ribes Family: Uva-Crispa

Uva Crispa? Big, juicy, tart but so sweet when it's the right time, prickly but pretty too... Gooseberries - the real ones, not cape! I'm a big fan of these delicious berries, and as with the other family members, they grow well in conditions few food plants relish. Gooseberries hail from colder climates and are... Continue Reading →

Ribes Family: Rubrum

As you may guess from last week's post, we're continuing with my friends the Ribes. I like to imagine Rubrum as the younger sibling, maybe even twins! One redhead - the redcurrant - and one blond - the white varieties. Where Nigrum is big, dark and really nice raw or dried, Rubrum is better in... Continue Reading →

Autumn cleanup

This week, I'm cleaning up my own messy garden and getting it ready for winter. Some areas don't get enough sun to grow any food crops for the next few months, and others just need a spruce up and a bit of compost and fertiliser. I've started by going through with my Niwashi (japanese hand... Continue Reading →

Anzac weekend & Samhain

A while ago, I started working on a circular calendar based on the seasons and the moon rather than the weekdays and months. It led me to look at the seasonal celebrations in different parts of the world and relating them to the traditions I know. One of the more significant ones today here in... Continue Reading →

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