Ribwort Plantain – Plantago lanceolata

Another favourite, as it’s another very common weed, yet so useful as a medicine and food. The best thing for stings, from bees to nettles. Also good for deep cuts and as a tea for coughs.

Somewhat inconspicuous and by some confused with grasses, as they hide amongst them, I’ve been struck by the simple beauty of the flowers as they emerge from the rosette for leaves.

Its seedheads remain for most of the winter providing food for Goldfinches and other seed-eating birds.

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Elder – Sambucus nigra

The Elder gives us the beautiful elderflower, great for cordial and elderflower ‘champagne’ and my favourite, the dried flowers used as a tea, especially good in winter. It brings a feeling of spring and warming comfort for colds. The Elderberry strengthens our immune system and is recommended at the onset of colds. Good as a syrup, it also makes a great jam and can be dried to use as tea.

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Introduction to Permaculture

29th & 30th Nov 2017   9.30-17.00

Plymouth City Centre, Unitarian Church Hall

Permaculture can be used to design your life to be more sustainable and closer aligned to nature. Come and get a basic understanding of this ethical design system, using the principles of nature, working with nature, not against it.

This is amazing thinking and design system can change your life. (more…)

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