Goldfinches / Stillits

A small flock of 9 goldfinches in my garden this morning, a winter visitor here (it’s unknown where they breed) and a species that would not be in my garden if it hadn’t been for my interest in edible plants. I started growing burdock / borre as a vegetable back in the 80s and this is the most important food for them in our area. The area between my house and Midtsandan, a few km east of here, is now the most important area this far north for this species with flocks of between 25 and 50 seen most winters!P1500824 P1500825
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Letter from the Prince

It’s not every day one finds a letter from Prince Charles in the mailbox :) I met two of the gardeners at Highgrove after my talk at Croome earlier this month and decided to ask them if they could pass on a copy of my book to the Prince! This is because I mention him and Highgrove in my Around the World talks as having the most productive edible Forest Garden in the UK – through his national collection of large leaved Hostas! Below is the letter and the slide from my talk where I talk about the Forest Garden at Highgrove!

Here’s my original article on edible Hostas in Permaculture Magazine where I mention the Prince!
http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?page_id=2722

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Potato diversity

Just 4 years ago, I was growing over 20 different potatoes as in this picture. Since then, I’ve cut down significantly mainly due to the fact that many varieties are now difficult to grow due to blight, hardly a problem in the past :(
 
Row 1 (from top) Kefermarkt Rose, Negresse, Ås, Troll, King George, Raude fra Skjåk (which has been shown to be genetically identical to King Edward), British Queen, King Edward
Row 2: Blå Kongo, Rocket, Russepotet, Sava, Kampion, Yellow Finn, Arran Victory
Row 3: Beate, Danva, Pimpernell, Solanum tuberosum ssp andigena, Shetland Blue Eye, Truls
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Edibles & ornamental plants