Perennial kale cuttings!

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.

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White-tailed Eagle at the railway station; 20th February 2015

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!

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The latest Permaculture Magazine arrived yesterday with an excerpt from the book “The many uses of UDO”  (Aralia cordata)








Me and my Udo, my largest vegetable in June!






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

Udo mining under Tokyo!


Onion in escape attempt drama

Sometimes a letter addressed to me at 418 Malvikveien, gets delivered to my closest gardening neighbour Line Cathrin Ekseth at no. 481 ;-) This happened last week and I didn’t get round to collecting it before last night….and one of the onions was attempting to escape…..I was just in time :) Thanks Alan Carter, another chive cultivar for my reference collection, “Black Isle Blush” and it’s a real beauty, see here

Announcing the First Annual Hardanger Perennialen!

Link added to my list of talks, courses and forages (at to a FB event for the Hardanger Perennialen at the beginning of May, what promises to be the most beautiful course on perennial vegetables and wild foraged food EVER! More information to follow!

Ostrich Fern / Strutseving



Perennial vegetables, Edimentals (plants that are edible and ornamental) and other goings on in The Edible Garden