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We Love … Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet grows in wet woodland, grassland, moorland and heathland; in damp areas where water levels rise and fall. Meadowsweet is a herbaceous shrub, an upright perennial plant which grows to a height of around a metre. The plants bloom between June and September, in small, creamy-yellow/white clusters or flower heads. […]

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We Love … Fat Hen

Fat Hen is a common and nutritious plant, also known as wild spinach. Fat hen is a common garden “weed”, which often colonises newly weeded patches of bare soil. It prefers rich soils, a good reason why it is so often found in well managed, fertile gardens. But, as if […]

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We Love … Oxeye Daisies

Oxeye daisies are often found growing in clumps along a roadside, hedgerow or field margin. The large, white, daisy-like flowers are easy to identify. The flowers appear from July to September and appear to ‘glow’ in the evening, which is why they are sometimes called ‘moon daisy’ and ‘moonpenny’. The […]

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We Love … Chickweed

Chickweed is a familiar garden weed recognisable by its tiny white flowers. The seeds were once fed to birds, chickens love it, which is how the plant earned its common name. Its latin name, Stellaria Media, comes from the star-like flowers. Chickweed is a highly nutritious plant that grows nearly […]

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We are recruiting

More Details At Abundant Borders we believe that everyone, regardless of their personal circumstances, has the right to healthy food and that everyone should be valued and supported within their community. We are working to create a network of community food gardens across the Scottish Borders and we support individuals […]

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We Love … Primroses

Primroses are an early sign of spring and an important nectar source for butterflies. Primrose is a small, perennial woodland plant that grows no more than 10cm high. Blooming in March and April, they are one of the first woodland plants to come into flower. The flowers are a deep […]

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We Love … Gorse

Gorse is great for foragers as it flowers all year round Common gorse (Ulex europeaus) is a hardy evergreen shrub which grows to around 1.5 metres high by 1.5 metres wide. It is a member of the Legume family, a nitrogen fixing plant which is commonly known as whin here […]

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Seed Saving from Tomatoes Most modern varieties of tomato are self pollinating, and will not cross.  The anthers on tomato flowers (which make the pollen) are fused together to make a tight cone that insects cannot enter. Usually the stigma (the receptive surface for receiving pollen) is very short, and […]

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We Love … Rosehips

Roses are a traditional country garden favourite but the flowers and hips are edible. Roses grow best in fertile, well-drained soils in a sunny position. They do best with regular mulching and feeding. Roses do well in waterlogged soil and few flowers are produced if the plant is grown in […]

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