I don’t think many people have sowed ground elder seed before :) It won’t be easy to shake off the Mad Salad Man tag now ;)
When I saw seed of ground elder /bishop’s weed / skvallerkål (Aegopodium) on offer on a Polish seed trade list a couple of months ago I just couldn’t resist (I have never – understandably – seen seed offered before….). I thought I would sprout the seed for ground elder shoots….
One of the members of Norwegian Seed Savers emailed me that she was going to Russia and would I like any seed….now, I have genetic defect that leads to me not being able to say no to seed…so I said yes please and if you find any perennials like cutivars of sorrel (Rumex acetosa) I’d be particularly interested. The package arrived today. I had never imagined I was saying yes to 40 packets and there was one packet of Rumex acetosa, a variety called Schavel (Sorrel) “Belvijsky”. I’m wondering if this could possibly be the elusive French cultivar “Belleville” which I mention in my book?
I take cuttings of my perennial kales each autumn both to share with others and in case the mother plants die outside (they are marginally hardy here). They are in the loft bedroom where there’s no heat and it can freeze, but this winter it hasn’t. They are all looking good, only a couple haven’t rooted! I keep them isolated up there with the door closed to keep aphids off the plants.
At this time of year, the mornings are now light on the way to work… I’m not quite ready to start cycling to work (maybe next week), so I get some exercise by walking to the railway station which is about 20 minutes from the house. There’s no snow left now in the lowlands in this very mild weather and some birds are singing. I heard blue tit / blåmeis; great tit / kjøttmeis; siskin / grønnsisik; bullfinch / dompap and greenfinch / grønnfink on the way to the station this morning. Then as I approached the station, an impressively large White-tailed Eagle / Havørn appeared above me, mobbed by hooded crows / kråke…. I crossed the railway line down to the shore to get a better look and maybe a photo and he’d landed on a small island, Vikhammerskjæret…… I missed the train!
Thanks to my friend Telsing in Canada for this nice mix of oriental greens, the first time I’ve seen seed of Houttuynia cordata and some other interesting perennials like Giant Russian sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and Edible North American Aster macrophyllus
The latest Permaculture Magazine arrived yesterday with an excerpt from the book “The many uses of UDO” (Aralia cordata)
I write about one of the most unusual veggie cultivation techniques in the book!” There are underground caverns of blanching Udo under Tokyo? At the top of my things to experience list!! I found some pictures on the net , but couldn’t use them in the book, sadly! This is a slide from my talk about the book
A major storm which has been given the name Ole is hitting our coasts today….violent storm (sterk storm) on the outer coast…and people are being advised to stay inside… A little video of the view from the garden while I could still stand up :)