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Grow Nuts! Nuts you can grow in the UK and why they are so good for you

Grow Nuts! Nuts you can grow in the UK and why they are so good for you

Nuts are wonderful sources of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and there are some great nuts we can grow in the UK. They make tasty, ready-to-go snacks, are used in spreads, plant milks, cheeses and ice cream, and can be incorporated into both sweet and savoury dishes.

Recipe for Rhubarb Crumble –  Simple seasonal recipe

Recipe for Rhubarb Crumble – Simple seasonal recipe

Here is a really simple seasonal recipe for Rhubarb Crumble. Rhubarb is a hardy perennial that is so easy to grow year after year and there is a long harvest between April and August. Everyone should have a rhubarb patch! And everyone should have a recipe for Rhubarb Crumble and Rhubarb Jam!!

Money saving tips for growers

Money saving tips for growers

As soon as you start growing your own food you are on the way to saving lots of money, but here are some money saving tips for growers to help you grow efficiently and successfully.

Plants that are high in calcium – Grow your own calcium

Plants that are high in calcium – Grow your own calcium

Calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth, regulating muscle contractions including heartbeat, and making sure blood clots normally. Calcium is not only found in dairy products, there are many great sources of calcium that we can grow ourselves. Here is a list of plants that are high in calcium.

Plants that are high in protein – Grow your own Protein

Plants that are high in protein – Grow your own Protein

Protein is essential for growth and repair of the body and provides us with energy. Protein is not only found in animal products, there are many great sources of protein that we can grow ourselves. Here is a list of plants that are high in protein.

Cleavers Tea – Tasty, cleansing and free

Cleavers Tea – Tasty, cleansing and free

Cleavers Tea is a great drink that is not only abundantly and freely available during spring and summer, but also very nice tasting and extremely healthy. Why not give it a try?

Recipe for Rhubarb Jam – Simple seasonal low sugar recipe

Recipe for Rhubarb Jam – Simple seasonal low sugar recipe

Here is a really simple and relatively low-in-sugar recipe for rhubarb jam. Rhubarb is so easy to grow year after year. With a reasonably sized rhubarb patch you can make enough rhubarb jam to get you through the year if you are organised and make lots of pots in different batches between April and August.

Things to do in the garden in June

Things to do in the garden in June

June is a great time for food growers in the UK. The weather is warm and the days are long. Lots of things to do in the garden in June!

How to make your own Oat Milk – Cheap, quick and easy

How to make your own Oat Milk – Cheap, quick and easy

Here’s how to make your own oat milk. It’s dead easy, costs pennies, and no more cartons! Oat milk is low in fat, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Protect from late frosts in May – Things to do in the garden

Protect from late frosts in May – Things to do in the garden

Even in late Spring there is still a risk of frosts, so keep an eye on your local weather forecast for any days when temperatures are likely to drop below 0ºC (32ºF). Spring frost can damage tender young growth and blossom so it’s a good idea to be prepared to protect from late frosts in May.

Control weeds – Things to do in the garden in April and May

Control weeds – Things to do in the garden in April and May

Weeds spring up with with a vengeance in April and May and it is really important to control weeds now to ensure they don’t go to seed when they will spread all over the place and to weaken them and stop them establishing themselves with long deep roots. 

Simple way to convert your lawn into food growing beds

Simple way to convert your lawn into food growing beds

Convert your lawn into food growing beds to take the strain off our farmers and supermarkets. You don’t have to convert your lawn entirely and you can easily grow it back if you want to in the future, but let’s prioritise growing food over growing grass.

Edible Weeds: Enjoy wild food in April and May

Edible Weeds: Enjoy wild food in April and May

Many of our common weeds are perfectly edible and highly nutritious. Early spring is the best time to be eating these edible weeds, when they are at their most tender. Here is a list of some of the best UK weeds – versatile, tasty, nutritious, sustainable and free!

Grow your own Broad Beans in March, April or May

Grow your own Broad Beans in March, April or May

Broad beans are a fantastic, easy-to-grow, super-tasty source of protein and fibre. In the UK broad bean seed can be sown directly into the ground outside either in October or November or in March, April or May. Here is some simple guidance on how to grow your own Broad Beans…

Indoor home growing in the UK

Indoor home growing in the UK

Indoor home growing in the UK is sadly undervalued and largely unexplored. But it is a vital factor in us becoming more self sufficient and growing our own food all year round.

Things to do in the garden in February

Things to do in the garden in February

Spring is in sight! And there are lots of excuses to get back into the garden in February. Good winter preparation is really important for growing loads of wonderful fruit, veg and herbs. Let’s take a look at things to do in the garden in February…

Local Food Swapping

Local Food Swapping

Food Community Facebook Groups are ideal platforms to swap and share homegrown food. This is a great way to use up surpluses and access produce you haven’t been able to grow. We also have convenient drop-off locations to make swapping easier.

Peebles Community Garden nearly ready

Peebles Community Garden nearly ready

Our Community Garden at Peebles is pretty much ready for growing food. We have created the garden for free using waste materials sourced locally (cardboard, pallets, manure, topsoil) and donated or shared tools and have used zero chemicals.

Stobo Community Garden nearly ready

Stobo Community Garden nearly ready

Our Community Garden at Stobo is pretty much ready for growing food. We have created the garden for free using waste materials sourced locally (cardboard, pallets, manure, topsoil) and donated or shared tools and have used zero chemicals.

Waterheads Community Garden nearly ready

Waterheads Community Garden nearly ready

Our Community Garden at Waterheads, near Eddleston, is pretty much ready for growing food. We have created the garden for free using waste materials sourced locally (cardboard, pallets, manure, topsoil) and donated or shared tools and have used zero chemicals.

420 edible trees from The Woodland Trust

420 edible trees from The Woodland Trust

We have just had some great news from The Woodland Trust. It has been confirmed that Food Communities will receive 420 edible trees in November! The native trees are hazel, blackthorn, crab apple, dog rose, elder, and rowan to be planted in our community gardens.

A chat with Matthew, Rudi, Connor and Oli

A chat with Matthew, Rudi, Connor and Oli

Matthew, Rudi, Connor, and Oli volunteer in our community gardens. I sat down with them for a little chat about what we have been doing and about the broader topics of food and community. It is always fun talking with the lads and I knew it would be an interesting chat.

Homemade Food & Seeds Swap at Whitmuir Community Farm

Homemade Food & Seeds Swap at Whitmuir Community Farm

Bring some of your favourite homemade dishes, bakes, sweets, preserves etc and also any seeds to swap amongst the group! Event includes a pickling & preserving workshop, a tour of the 2000m² Project, and free hot food in the café.

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