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365 Frankendael day 131

Today I looked at small herbs, growing along the Middenweg, which could easily be”weeded” out and replanted in locations where they could be allowed to grow unhindered and provide food…

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Here’s a little Hazel, coppiced by repeated strimmings and strong.

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Lavender. Smells great, tastes interesting but more useful for remedies and use in the home. Consider adding a handful of the flowers or fresh seeds to a small jar of honey, infuse for anything from a few days and use on minor burns.

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Hollyhock, seeds. Now’s the time to collect them and help new plants grow where you’d like them.

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Olive, with little Olives! We lost our roof top Olive last winter, during the drop freeze, but they can do just fine here, if protected in mid winter. No need to wait for the fruit, the leaves are also useful.

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A very well trodden Plantain. These look great in a put and are so useful.They do well in tree pits, are evergreen and can look quite attractive.

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Chickweed, one if my favorites for food and remedies, even in the winter. grown in a put they can make a thick yet delicate edible herbal carpet.

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Dandelion. So useful and so bitterly tasty! Encourage strong roots by digging the soil before transplanting to your chosen location.

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Lastly today, Rosebay willowherb. Such pretty and tasty flowers.

Uses for olive leaves?

A little Olive tree is growing in a pot on our roof terrace and I would like to make some use of it.  It is about 5 years old, a couple of feet tall and very healthy.  My sister sent it as a living birthday present and it seems to enjoy life on the roof.  I have re-potted it a couple of times and pruned it lightly last year.  It last flowered in 2007 and the birds ate all but one of the resultant fruits before they grew to a decent size.  It has not flowered since but the little tree is now able to withstand being outside all winter so I feel confident that a little leaf harvesting, come late spring or summer, would not harm it.

It would be nice to get a little yield from the plant and as I’m unlikely to get many olives the leaves seem to be the best resource to use – but how?  Olive leaf extract sounds interesting but I wonder if anyone has tried making something useful on a very small scale?  Perhaps a tea?  I haven’t found anything in my herbal books and am very keen to hear from anyone with Olive leaf ideas.