This afternoon was spent in the delightful company of Suzanne, of CityPlot, and Cathy, who is a Contributer and Host of English Breakfast Radio, Amsterdam.
Cathy will be a different kind of host soon – she’s offered her small backyard garden as the starting point for our upcoming workshop, in conjunction with CityPlot, called, “Embrace Your Weeds.” We’ll be looking at some typical weeds found in backyards across most of urban Europe – edible ones, such as chickweed, wild mustard, and shaggy soldier (see photo) as well as medicinal weeds such as ground ivy and cleavers… and many more. In fact, when you realize that are so many great weeds growing, you might find you see your garden in a totally different light!
Suzanne will talk about which weeds can repel unwanted pests; and which support beneficial insects; weeds that nourish the soil, or can be made into a natural insect-repellant. It’s going to be a fascinating afternoon of exploring, tasting and talking about our wonderful weeds.
You can sign up through CityPlot – just scroll through their awesome website for a myriad of workshops that will leave you drooling; payment details are toward the bottom of their homepage; or you can simply contact me. Details below:
Embrace Your Weeds
Many of those “weeds” that spring up in your garden may have unique culinary and medicinal properties, and may play other useful roles in your specific ecosystem. We will visit Amsterdam gardens and get to know some of the most common and lovable weeds in person! Together with Ann and Suzanne from CityPlot, Jennie from Wild Weed Wisdom, and Lynn from Urban Herbology we will visit Amsterdam gardens and get to know some of the most common and lovable weeds in person!
Sunday 21 April, 14:00-16:00: Location: Cathy’s home; close to Vondelpark, by the Overtoom.
Sunday 2 June, 15:00-17:00: See CityPlot or Urban Herbology for location details.
Fee: 25 euros