Hoe, Hoe, Hoe!
My very first mention of ‘Christmas’ in my column this year is to promote a very special Charity Calendar that will make a fabulous Christmas present!
I have teamed up with Radio 2’s Allotment gardener and good friend, Terry Walton, to produce Plot on the Landscape 2018. It is a compilation of 12 lovely photos all taken on Terry’s allotment in the Rhondda and featuring the famous Albie’s Café! Each photo has a comical exchange on it too – which will make you smile whether you are a gardener or not!
We are raising money for three Welsh charities; Terry’s are Prostate Cymru and Bobath, and I am choosing to support Mind Cymru this year.
As the photos depict, we had great fun creating it all and are both grateful to photographer Steve Thomas for capturing us both so perfectly – dirty nails and all!
If you would like a copy, please pop into www.terryandlynne.com for more details. Each calendar is £8.00 with £1.60 P&P.
And Thompson & Morgan have kindly donated a free packet of seeds to accompany the first 200 calendars.
We will also be selling them at various speaking engagements before Christmas, or of course, you can always ‘stop us and buy one’. Thank you in anticipation of supporting three great Charities.
Master Tonic, Major Results
I am a great believer in old natural remedies and this is an old favourite, known as Master Tonic. It is a natural antibiotic drink that kills gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria in your body. It is a powerful antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic. It strengthens your immune system, purifies blood, creates better blood circulation and lymph flow in your entire body and has even been known to be extremely effective in helping fighting coughs and colds.
It is quite pungent, but effective. The flavour is very strong and hot and may take a bit of getting used to. If you find it too hot, eat a slice of orange or lime afterwards.
Simply take 1 tablespoon daily to strengthen the immune system and fight cold. Gargle and swallow. You can increase your amount daily until you reach a dose of 1 small liquor glass per day – if you are brave enough!
You will need:
- 2 tbsp turmeric powder or 2 knuckles of turmeric root
- 24 oz apple cider vinegar (always use organic)
- ¼ cup finely chopped garlic
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 2 fresh hot chillis
- ¼ cup grated ginger
- 2 tbsp grated horseradish (if you can’t get horse radish, then just use another hot chilli)
Add all the ingredients to a bowl, except for the vinegar, combine them and transfer it all into a Mason jar.
Pour in some apple cider vinegar to the top of the jar. Ideally ⅔ of the jar should consist of dry ingredients and then the jar topped up with vinegar. Close tightly. Then shake well.
Keep the jar in a cool and dry place for about 2 weeks. Shake well several times a day.
After 14 days, squeeze well then strain it through a plastic strain. You can put gauze over it to get even better results. Squeeze well to make sure all the juice comes out. You can use the rest of the dry mixture when cooking.
Grow with Pride
Papaver rhoeas, is probably the best known of all the poppies, not least because of its links with Remembrance Day and the Royal British Legion. Better known as ‘Flanders Poppy’, it is often seen amongst wildflower displays, adding a splash of colour with its bright scarlet flowers. It self seeds easily and is a beautiful and obliging little flower, needing little attention or fuss to thrive. Flowering early in the summer, with a height of 18-24 inches it will brighten up any corner of your garden and is an ideal flower to grow through other herbaceous plants or ground cover.
Seeds are available from Thompson & Morgan, who will donate 10p to Royal British Legion Industries (Registered charity no. 210063), for each packet of Poppy Flanders seeds sold, to provide work and support for disabled ex-Servicemen and women and their families. So as well as wearing your poppy with pride, why not grow some too?