Mushrooms – weird and wonderful specimens from around the world

October 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Quite an amazing plant kingdom, the fungi, as detailed in a previous blog post on mycological solutions (!)

Mycological solutions aside, I just think they are gorgeous.

All photos sourced from Wikimedia.


My smallest vegetable garden ever

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The smallest vegetable garden I ever owned was in Shoreditch, east London, on the Geffrye Estate.

It measured about 4 x 4m but was amazingly productive. I planned the spacings carefully and planted mostly from plug (not the carrots of course), as seeds may not have been able to compete with adjacent plants.

From front to back:

Interplanted rows of carrots and chervil

A Zapallo Plomo pumpkin

Interplanted row of leefs and tarragon

Sweetcorn with flat leaf parsley at the base (left hand side)

Beetroot and peas/sweet peas (right hand side)


And on the other side of the garden more sweetcorn, lettuce, tomatoes and runner beans:


When you live in central London this is an oasis 🙂


Here are a few harvest pics .. anyone else have a habit of eating all the veg before it gets chance to be photographed??

Seeds for Food – A great project which redistributes seeds to developing countries

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Seeds for Food is a project which collects seeds and redistributes them to those who need them. they ask people to collect seeds from essentially kitchen waste: tomatoes, pumpkins, strawberries, etc, clean and dry them and post them to Seeds for Food.

Here is an excerpt from the organisations’ website:

Photo: Fresh food full of vitamins and mineral elements in the Sahara desert (Tindouf area, S.W. Algeria) grown from seeds collected by people in developed countries (UNICEF’s family garden and school garden project).


Let us banish hunger and poverty from the world!In 2005 I was invited by UNICEF ALGERIA to work as an advisor for the project “Family and school gardens in the Saharawi refugee camps of South-East Algeria”.

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New pigs settling in very nicely

October 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

The pigs are very happy with their new home. The garden is full of veg- a Willie Wonker’s Chocolate Factory for pigs- they don’t know what to eat first.

And here is the smallest of the pair putting Huxley in her place:

Don’t feel sorry for Huxley, she did try and headbutt the pig:

Permaculture Methods Discussed in the Telegraph

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

An interesting Telegraph article entitled ‘Permaculture is more relevant than ever’

6 ways mushrooms can save the world

October 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

A thought provoking lecture from Paul Stamets entitled 6 Ways Mushrooms can Save the World.

Click on the picture below to view the lecture.

Brode Galeux D’Eysines … No I Can’t Pronounce it Either

October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

However! One can always rely on the Americans to find a way around foreign pronounciation. In the US an alternative name for this stunning cultivar has arisen.. the peanut pumpkin.



Now, this is my favourite pumpkin ever. I think it deserves a grand, flamboyant, even unpronouncable name.

I tracked down a real French person and I can tell you that Brode Galeux D’ Eysine is pronounced ‘brood galoo der isinay’. I quite like ‘brood galoo der isinay der peanoot’.

Thank goodness I found this out- when customers would ask my favourite pumpkin cultivars my voice would get awfully quiet when pronouncing this one, trailing off into “… or something like that”.

Galeux D’Eyesine translates as ’embroidered with warts from Eysines’.

PS. The warts are caused by sugars, extruded through the skin. In addition wherever a blemish occurs on the skin the warts will form. Apparently you can carve letters/patterns when the pumpkin is maturing and then you can see your name in warts.

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