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    Wow - this thread is huge - i was looking for advice on fennel - do i have to be careful what bits i give to them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grin View Post
    Wow - this thread is huge - i was looking for advice on fennel - do i have to be careful what bits i give to them?
    Hi Grin. Fennel is very similar to dill in it's properties. We can give the leaves & stems - also we can dry the stems for a winter chew.
    I always avoid giving bunnies the small hard parts = fruits & seeds to buns unless in finely powdered form in case they damage a tooth or get a blockage.
    Rabbit health in the 21st. century - Kathy Smith - iUniverse press p163 states that "fennel can cause a photosensitive reaction in some animals". I've not seen this mentioned anywhere else, nor have I heard of problems on RU with it.

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    I have a fennel plant in the garden and Poppy enjoys the frilly leaves and stem from it occasionally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thumps_ View Post
    Absolutely fantastic Chelle. well done

    Just to say Autumn has come far too early this year folks. Mildew has started on the greater plantains & dandelions.

    I feel so happy when I hear how much your buns enjoy these things, & I'm fascinated by what they like.
    Hi!!!!!
    thankyou! I feel abit behind as I was away for 6 weeks....so have missed alot I think as the plants have started to turn in some places....

    Im still unsure about greater plantain...keep thinking Ive seen it but then something similar comes along and Im not sure...so frustrating! Ive got pics etc...but obviously not of the other similar plants...

    Do the leaves grow from the bottom of the plant OR do they have some stem?

    You mentioned "blackthorn"....is this Sloe?


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    Quote Originally Posted by chelle View Post
    Hi!!!!!
    thankyou! I feel abit behind as I was away for 6 weeks....so have missed alot I think as the plants have started to turn in some places....

    Im still unsure about greater plantain...keep thinking Ive seen it but then something similar comes along and Im not sure...so frustrating! Ive got pics etc...but obviously not of the other similar plants...

    Do the leaves grow from the bottom of the plant OR do they have some stem?

    You mentioned "blackthorn"....is this Sloe?

    Hi Chelle. The main identifying feature of greater plantain is the veins in the leaves. There are several completely separate main veins, which fan out in the leaf & form a cable in the stem. (called parallel venation). There is only 1 leaf per stem. They are flowering at the moment - country folk call the flowering spikes rats tails!
    I'm learning to use a digital camera at the mo. so the photos are poor quality. Does this help? http://s866.photobucket.com/albums/a...lant%20photos/
    The greater plantain is a HUGE specimen because of growing conditions.

    ETA I'm also taking photos of poisonous plants. http://s866.photobucket.com/albums/a...wild%20plants/

    Yes blackthorn/prunus spinosa is the correct name, "Sloe" should only refer to the fruit (but it's infinitely easier to type! )

    I used to love making sloe gin / sloe vodka, then make my own version of fruit without nut chocolate with the left over alcohol soaked sloes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumps_ View Post
    Hi Grin. Fennel is very similar to dill in it's properties. We can give the leaves & stems - also we can dry the stems for a winter chew.
    I always avoid giving bunnies the small hard parts = fruits & seeds to buns unless in finely powdered form in case they damage a tooth or get a blockage.
    Rabbit health in the 21st. century - Kathy Smith - iUniverse press p163 states that "fennel can cause a photosensitive reaction in some animals". I've not seen this mentioned anywhere else, nor have I heard of problems on RU with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by prettylupin View Post
    I have a fennel plant in the garden and Poppy enjoys the frilly leaves and stem from it occasionally!
    Thanks for this!

    I'm going out tonight to try and find things for them to enjoy. I'm hoping i can judge the right things. Can i post pics on here to make sure?

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    Ive been foraging every weekend and it's amazing how little it drys down to. I found a lovely bramble hedge at the weekend. I've started drying calundula as I have loads in my garden now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grin View Post
    Thanks for this!

    I'm going out tonight to try and find things for them to enjoy. I'm hoping i can judge the right things. Can i post pics on here to make sure?
    Of course you can. We'll do our best, but none of us are professional botanists. It's best when several of us come to the same identification independantly. Good photos of the leaves & how they are attached to the stem as well as flowers/seeds is really helpful. Also where you found them eg.part shade/full sun, woodland/marsh/hedgerow/garden & soil type where poss eg bog, limey, sandy, clay is a massive help.

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    I 'trimmed' the blackberries today, mainly so I could get to one end of my carrot bath. I have about five paper bags worth of leaves!! I reckon I could double or triple that when I prune them properly after they've fruited! We've washed and roughly dried them (aka shoving them in a pillow case and spinning it as fast as possible). Hopefully they will dry fully in the paper bags and last the winter. Nutmeg will eat bramble leaves but she prefers them dried. They all go crazy for dried bramble leaves!

    I'll do some piccies tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuette View Post
    I 'trimmed' the blackberries today, mainly so I could get to one end of my carrot bath. I have about five paper bags worth of leaves!! I reckon I could double or triple that when I prune them properly after they've fruited! We've washed and roughly dried them (aka shoving them in a pillow case and spinning it as fast as possible). Hopefully they will dry fully in the paper bags and last the winter. Nutmeg will eat bramble leaves but she prefers them dried. They all go crazy for dried bramble leaves!

    I'll do some piccies tomorrow.
    Fab! I had a similar day but with raspberry leaves!! Feels great, doesn't it?



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