First Ostrich Ferns up…

I was surprised to find these Ostrich Ferns / Strutseving almost over this morning in Leangenbukta (Trondheim)! I had checked the ones in my garden last night and there was no sign of the fiddleheads yet! This is the earliest I’ve ever seen fiddleheads here!
Norway has enormous amounts of fiddleheads that only a few people harvest….they should be boiled for 15 minutes or steamed for10 minutes to kill any pathogens.

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Incredible Edible Todmorden meets the Extreme Salad Man 25th May 2015

Incredible Edible Todmorden meets the Extreme Salad Man 25th May 2015
I’m really happy to have been asked to give a talk at Todmorden, a place and people who have inspired so many  people around the world. All are welcome to this unique opportunity to spend a day in Todmorden with me,  with the following program:
9:00 – 10:30 Visit to Incredible Farm (Permaculture inspired)
11:00 – 12:30 Incredible Edible Todmorden (guided tour)
14:00 – 17:00 Around the world in 80 plants (talk)
Information about price (it won’t be expensive) and local accomodation will follow!
For more information, contact Estelle at

Diversity of Nordic horseradish

A Swedish PhD thesis concludes that there is large variation in the properties of horseradish found in plant collections in the Nordic countries (old naturalised and garden accessions). The diversity is large both in chemical content, form and appearance and DNA. This is somewhat surprising for a vegetatively propagated plant!

English thesis summary


Visit from Kneiken Felleshage






I still can’t get used to the amazing upsurge in interest in grow your own, particular amongst youngsters! This afternoon, members of the newly formed Kneiken Felleshage (Kneiken Communal Garden in Trondheim) visited my garden and we discussed everything from seaweed as fertiliser to Tromso Palm! You guys are so inspiring and I’m honoured to be part of it….look forward to collaborating more in the future!
Unknown to them, they  automatically joined Norwegian Seed Savers (Planteklubben for Grønnsaker) as I gave them a special Jerusalem Artichoke / Jordskokk – North American Stampede, which visually is identical to our earliest variety Dagnøytral (Dayneutral).

Edibles & ornamental plants

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