Plants With a Purpose.

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Plants With a Purpose.

Post by Brambles » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:25 am

I got another book the other day, it was on my Christmas list, but didn't materialise. ;) so I bought it myself. It's called Plants with a purpose and it's written by one of my country heroes, Richard Mabey. It gives the old timey uses for an awful lot of native plants and also how to make and use them. From whittling different woods, to weaving grasses and other natural cordage, making dyes and pan scourers! Yet another lovely book from the man and worth having on the shelf.
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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by Deeps » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:26 am

Just ordered a copy on your recommend Brambles. More knowledge is always useful.

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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by Brambles » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:31 pm

I'm a bit of a history buff and love to know how things were done before the invention of the pan scourer, or dishwasher... :lol: Some things just need to be known :D
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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by Deeps » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:32 pm

I'm into my history stuff too but being a boy its more warry stuff. :lol:

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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by Briggs 2.0 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:24 pm

Cheers Brambles, thanks for the tip. Book ordered. I notice he does a foraging book, have you read this one and do you recommend?

Where we've moved to, there are sloes and these have been developing into a very nice sloe gin and I'm keen to do more with what's now in my plot, especially with turning apples into cider. I have a sweet edible which is producing well and plan to plant a few more Any recommendations would be good.

(I bought Food for Free and Plants with a Purpose)
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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by Brambles » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:24 pm

His book Food For Free is, in my mind, the definitive British foraging book. I can recommend it as essential reading. I would recommend a good field guide as well as a companion as the drawings are not always clear. I would also get the Collins Gem version. Fits in the pocket and is great to take camping. :)
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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by Brambles » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:28 pm

Another of my favourite books is John Seymours Complete Book of Self Sufficiency. He goes into Cider making and if I recall he also lists good Cider varieties. A more modern one are Hugh Fearnely Whittingstalls books, I've not read them myself, but I know some members on here have them and could probably let you know.
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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by pseudonym » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:01 pm

Brambles wrote:His book Food For Free is, in my mind, the definitive British foraging book. I can recommend it as essential reading. I would recommend a good field guide as well as a companion as the drawings are not always clear. I would also get the Collins Gem version. Fits in the pocket and is great to take camping. :)
+ 1 to that.I've had my gem version for ten years. Well thumbed.
The roads are pretty bad and if you do end up getting stuck its hard to justify your reason for being on the roads as 'vegan mince for a feckin' princess'.

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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by tc556guy » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:10 pm

Thanks for the referral. Tagged the book on Amazon to be included on my next book buying spree
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Re: Plants With a Purpose.

Post by General DeGaulle » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:52 pm

Ordered a copy of this when this thread first appeared. Very pleased - this should be in every pepper's bookcase.

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