Here at our Eco-Gardens at St Newlyn East last weekend, we invited some of our local food enthusiasts to tour the gardens and share some ideas about growing more wild edible plants in a Wild Garden Project.
We also shared some of our own delicious squash soup around the fire; there were stories, music and natural crafts. People had a chance to try out some gardening skills- planting garlic and harvesting their own salad. They even got to pack their own Salad Bags.
We already grow some wild edible plants on our two and a half acre plot. Some have been planted or encouraged in wild areas such as banks, hedges and meadows including: sorrel, wild carrot, plantain, nettle, chestnut, hazelnut and brambles.
With our group of visitors we had fun finding and identifying these plants, which some call weeds, but we wish give them more credit as they are our native plants which would have fed our foraging ancestors.
Others are semi-wild perennials growing in the tunnels for our salads. For instance the Salad Burnet differs very little from its fully wild cousin which you can find amongst the grasses on the sandy commons on our Cornish Coast. It tastes like Cucumber skins and belongs to the Rose Family. More about our winter Salads another week….
The idea for our wild Garden project is to plant an edible wild “woodland” garden to be foraged, cooked up around our cooking fire and shared with our local food enthusiasts. We wish to raise money for a shelter for our Wild Gardeners and compost loo so we can meet monthly in all weathers to plant and tend the garden and share ecological skills and even get creative with a bit of fireside storytelling or making things from some wild materials.
The monthly Wild Garden Afternoons would be on Saturdays from late February
We have another Visitors Afternoon this Saturday, the 24th, from 3 to 5pm. There are still a few places available, so if you would like to join us please email us and we can either book you on or arrange another date for a visit.