By John Lister-Kaye

For the final thirty years John Lister-Kaye, one in every of Britain’s best-known nature writers, has taken an identical round stroll from his domestic deep in a Scottish glen as much as a small hill loch. every day brings a brand new commentary or a unforeseen come across – a delicate spider’s net, an osprey suffering to raise a trout from the water or a woodcock exquisitely camouflaged on her nest – and each day, on his go back domestic, he documents his recommendations in a magazine. Drawing in this life of shut statement, John Lister-Kaye’s new e-book encourages us to seem back on the nature round us and to find its wildness for ourselves. It additionally forges amazing connections among the main not going of matters: photosynthesis and the power cycle, Norse mythology, weasels and body spray, and the over-population of our planet. on the Water’s part is a lyrical hymn to the flora and fauna of england, and a strong caution to appreciate and safeguard it.

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The height of the mature plants and the diameter of the edible shoots vary according to species; all of them grow well in sun to part shade with moderate moisture. indd 30 1/2/13 12:29 PM How to Harvest Shoots are tastiest and most tender when they are 6 to 12 inches tall. Because bamboo is an extremely fast grower, you have to be on the lookout. It can emerge from the ground and grow 6 inches in a single day. Shoots can also be harvested before they emerge from the ground. If you notice soil bulging up in the bamboo grove, gently poke around until you feel a shoot, and cut it as far below the soil as you can reach.

Since bee balm is a member of the mint family, both the foliage and flowers are highly fragrant and useful as herbs. How to Harvest Try using bee balm leaves instead of oregano when you’re cooking. Both leaves and flowers have a strong, oreganolike flavor. Pick flowers when they are newly opened. The individual tube-shaped petals can be chopped and used as an herb; whole flowers can be steeped in vinegar, where they will impart both flavor and color. Red flowers make the most striking vinegar. Pinch young leaves from the tops of plants and chop them finely to use in any way you’d use oregano.

Seeds germinate in fall, and the leaves may overwinter, even under light snow. If the leaves die back, they’ll regrow in spring, producing seed and dying off in the heat of summer. The seeds germinate a few months later in the cool weather, and the cycle begins again. Chickweed is one of the first greens to appear in spring, and it lasts longer than most in fall. I’ve even harvested it in winter, when the snow melts. It’s tastiest in these cool seasons. How to Harvest The tender tips of chickweed include edible flowers.

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