Plant knowledge

Phyllostachys nidularia / Broom bamboo, Big-Node bamboo 2

Phyllostachys nidularia / Broom bamboo, Big-Node bamboo

By Walter de Rooij General information Phyllostachys Nidularia (Broom Bamboo) is an evergreen, running (monopodial) bamboo. It can act like a clumping (sympodial) bamboo in cooler climates (like the UK), although you shouldn’t count on this. So if you want to prevent spreading either build a rhizome barrier or harvest the young shoots aggressively. Broom …

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Majestic Moringa 3

Majestic Moringa

by Aaron Henry   Moringa Oleifera – commonly known as Moringa, or Drumstick is a slender yet highly productive understory tree, native to the Indian subcontinent. A member of the Moringaceae family, the tree is highly prized by many cultures, due to its rapid growth, resistance to drought and proliferation of uses.   The name Moringa derives …

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Foraging for Elderflowers to Make Cordial 4

Foraging for Elderflowers to Make Cordial

Elderflowers are in season from end of May to the beginning of June, so now is a perfect time to go foraging. They enjoy sunny locations and can be found in most hedgerows. The cream coloured flowerhead blossoms have a beautiful honey like scent and a highly aromatic smell. So on a recent walk I …

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Milk Thistle – Silybum Marianum 5

Milk Thistle – Silybum Marianum

By David Fenner Native to the Mediterranean, Milk Thistle is a hardy biennial, pollinated by Bees, which grows quickly to a height of 1.2m. A good green manure plant flowering between July and September, Silybum Marianum flourishes in moist, well-drained soils which can vary in content between sandy, loamy, or heavy clay. The plant has …

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Calendula officinalis / Common Marigold 6

Calendula officinalis / Common Marigold

Cultivation Calendula sure is easy to grow, if it isn’t growing already wild in your local area. It will tolerate almost any soil type, but likes a full to partially sunny position. It will tolerate some frost and self seeds readily. Sow in situ in spring or autumn and protect with a cloche if frost …

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