Chickweed – a mildly annoying weed to gardeners and allotmenteers, as it spreads rapidly across cultivated soil but is also easily removed – turns out to be full of vitamins and minerals, as well as being a recognised medicinal herb with healing and cleansing properties.* More »

Elderflower and Gooseberries

The elder tree blooms from mid May through to early July – big saucer-shaped clusters of tiny flowers. You’ll find them in almost every hedgerow. More »


The intense fruitiness of blackcurrants as jam, sorbet or ice cream is a blessing in the cold parts of the year. They're easy to grow and care for, and the birds seem to leave them alone. Bags of frozen blackcurrants in the freezer is a great resource and the starting point to any number of life affirming puddings. More »