Sunday, 21 September 2014

The magical edible weed

PLANTAIN - grows in your lawn and tastes like
mushroom. Yum!
Last night I had guests coming over for dinner, but when I went to my garden to get lettuce for the salad I found it was on the point of going to seed and was quite bitter.
However, my selective weeding saved me - I do tend to ignore a lot of the young edible weeds if I can help it.
Here's what I made a delicious and very nutritious (most edible weeds are packed with vitamins and minerals) out of. They are all common weeds:
OXALIS - the wonder weed as it's very hard to get rid of.
Its tiny bulbs break off when you pull it. I've learned to
embrace it. Tastes lemony.
PUHA or Sow Thistle. Only eat the young leaves as the
older ones can be bitter. Very good for you. Try turning
it into pesto.
ONIONWEED - tastes exactly like its name.
I use this a lot usually instead of chives.
CHICKWEED - has a refreshing, slightly earthy taste.
I use it insandwiches a lot. Makes a good pesto.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Plastic free discoveries

My year of being plastic free taught me to be pretty resourceful. Here are some simple discoveries I made purely through not being able to purchase the products I needed:
I bought salt in bulk and used it as weed killer for areas
that were hard to weed by hand, like between the cobble
stones on my driveway. It worked a treat and is of course
is not just plastic free, but chemical free, which is particularly
important when your garden revolves around food production.

The previous owner of my house thought pitted linoleum
was a good idea. Makes the floor a bugger to clean though
even with a scrubbing brush. I covered the floor in baking
soda (which is very cheap to buy in bulk) and added water
to make a paste, left it for a couple of hours then cleaned
it up. The result was a sparkling floor!
I bike a lot lot - for commuting and for recreation. I ran out
of lube and started using good old cooking oil. Works just
as well as the specialised stuff AND is free from the synthetic
additives they put in cycle lube.