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Any chance you could put me on a cancellation list for the foraging course on the 7th May? I would take a couple of places.
No problem – i’ll put you on the waiting list. Keep an eye out for more events coming soon, and i’m also available for private bookings: http://www.gallowaywildfoods.com/learn-to-forage/about/
I left a message on your voicemail about hogweed in hay for horses and whether it would be poisonous; I have been looking through some other/more information on it and apparently it is.
I have a 2 acre field that is inundated with the stuff, last year I pulled and cut as much as I could by hand, wearing gloves and long sleeves! The bit I didn’t manage to do wasn’t used to make hay. This year there seems to be even more of the pesky stuff and I am dreading having to hand-pull/cut it all again. I don’t spray my fields as I try to leave my hay as organic as possible for my ponies, 1 arab and 2 Shetlands.
So my query is do you know what would be the best way to get rid of this plant, preferably without chemical spraying as the herbicides are not good for my ponies.
Are there any natural herbicides I could use that you might know of?
We are not interested in eating it I’m afraid!!
Thanks very much for your time, nicki x
Sorry, horse food or weed control (other than eating) is not my speciality. If you are pulling it up anyway, and really have no interest in eating this delicious and highly nutritious vegetable, i’d recommend selling the shoots, buds and seeds maybe consider selling it to a foraged goods supplier. My friend Miles Irving at Forager Ltd would certainly be interested. Or try any forward-thinking chefs in the area.
Thanks for a fantastic day in Cally Woods and on Carrick Shore–the banquet and the drinks were delicious.
John and I had so much fun! We hope to be able to join you on another of your walks very soon.
Great website! Genuine, informative and very readable. Great foraging integrity too! I tend to just pick what I know, pied de mouton, puffball, etc… but some of the species you’ve highlighted I’ve never tried and will now definitely keep my eyes peeled for! Thank you.
Love your pictures on Instagram! My partner & I are working on The Isles Of Scilly through the summer on a Workaway scheme, I don’t know if you’re familiar with it? You work for 5 hours per day 5 days per week in exchange for food and accommodation. We’d love to see Scotland and wondered if you have any placements available? Or anything you need help with? We really love foraging and would love to learn more if only for a week or two. Many thanks, Lucy
Sorry for my slow reply – your comment slipped under my radar.
We have had Woofers to help on our garden in the past, but no plans to at present.
I’m a pretty self-contained operation with my teaching work, and am currently taking some time out for writing.
We really enjoyed listening to you on radio 4 last week. When will you be announcing dates for courses? I’d love to get something booked as a Christmas gift for my husband.
Hi Sally, Thanks, so glad you enjoyed it. I usually start scheduling events in January. A gift voucher would allow him to book the event (or private tuition) that suits him:
I live on the west coast of Cumbria, and was wondering if you are running any foraging courses in the Lake District this year?
Yes, I will be. I will be scheduling my spring/early summer events over the next few weeks – please keep an eye on my events calendar/social media/newsletter.
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