The grass beneath our feet

The grass beneath our feet

The English obsession with grass came into being in the 17th century, when the close cut lawn was a status symbol of the rich. Only they could afford to take land out of production for purely aesthetic purposes, and maintaining a lawn before the invention of the mower...
Secret Seed Club: March

Secret Seed Club: March

It’s a snow day here, and I am busy putting together the reward packs for my Secret Seed Club supporters. There’s still time to sign up, if you’re based in the UK and you like getting surprise seeds through the post. Nic at Dogwooddays is the latest blogger to receive...
A Secret Seed Club for Ethnobotanical Explorers

A Secret Seed Club for Ethnobotanical Explorers

For the past month I have been having an absolute ball researching and writing ethnobotanical (plant nerd) posts for my new Patreon blog. Over the past few days my vision for it has crystallised a bit more, and I’ve done a little bit of rebranding – it’s now A Secret...
Mesolithic Meals

Mesolithic Meals

Last month, writing on the topic of blackberries for Lubera, I made the observation that the British don’t have a tradition of foraging. It made me wonder again when and why we lost it (which I started wondering when I was writing about Sea buckthorn on FB for...

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