July: Elderflowers and Limetree flowers

July is an abundant month for flowers. This year the ELDERFLOWER has done very well in Highbury Park. Right now, it is at it's best. Pick now in the sunshine, or wait till next year. See our tried and tested recipe. The LIMETREE FLOWERS are abundant right across Birmingham and should also be blossoming about ...

Nettle Soup 1

Nettle Soup Use only the young green tips of the nettle stems. The best ones will be found in March/April, when the stems are still very short and the whole length can be harvested. Always avoid old leaves (which incidentally make an excellent compost).  Use rubber gloves when harvesting, to avoid nettle rash. [Normal foraging ...

Highbury Honey 2

Did you know that at Highbury Orchard, we are Bee Landlords? We have five stands of bee-hives quietly buzzing away on the far eastern side to our site. The "rent" is paid in jars of honey which we sell for the benefit of our projects, but the bees also help to pollenate our plants. Last ...

Blackberry Junket 1

I do love blackberry and apple crumble, but have been looking for new inspiration for using balckberries. I found this one in Richard Mabey's Food for Free. It's so simple, it could be made outdoors immediately after foraging.   Pick very ripe blackberries, the riper the better. So look for the ones at the tip ...

Wild Garlic

Use wild garlic, or Ransom, as you would any other garlic and include chopped young leaves for extra nutrition. It is milder in flavour and makes a lively addition (crushed and raw) to creamed or cottage cheese. Even two year olds have eaten my garlic cheese spread. And of course it tastes far better outdoors ...

Elderflower Champagne

For a refreshing drink that tastes of summer, look no further. And it's so easy to make, you won't be tempted to procrastinate and miss the weeks of flowering. We made Elderflower Champagne yesterday at the orchard. It's that easy. This recipe is from my trusty "Boxing Clever Cookbook"  by Jacqui Jones and Joan Wilmot. ...

20 for 15, plus music, and soup

Sunday 15 April - Compost Moving Day. Today produced our highest turnout for the year, and has got us about half way to our goal of covering the northern half acre with 6 inches of compost. Twenty people turned up to work, and several more came by to say hello, along with several toddlers. Those ...