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12/03/2013 at 20:43
Hello everybody. ill start from the top i work with disabled children and what im after is a list of plants bushes that could be eaten or just not poisenous (because it will certainly be tried) . Also if they could have great scent that would be great. Heres what ive thought so far .chives . garlic.mint .lavender. Rosemary.nasturtiums. something in my brain is saying violas would be ok too but i could well be making it up. ps you are really helping me as i could troll the net but whats wrong with the personal touch. thank you kerri
12/03/2013 at 20:50

you need to get a good herb book  and plant book to help you Identify plants correctly ,i have many books and they are very valuable source of information.Its important with children that you teach them about the uses of plants and what can be poisonous but also as in a school or nursery environment it must be plants that are safe,don't just rely on peoples word.good luck and i am glad you are teaching this.

12/03/2013 at 21:00
kerri wrote (see)
.... i work with disabled children ....thank you kerri

Snap!  me too, so I know what you mean. 

Yes, those you've mentioned will be fine, including violas. More, just off the top of my head are:

Sage (different colours)

curly parsley (good colour and texture)

Calendula (pot marigold)

Sweet Rocket

and I've just found this list as I was checking that I was right about Sweet Rocket, so this might help http://www.thompson-morgan.com/edible-flowers 

But I'd avoid Yucca, the leaves are so spikey and often just on a young person's eye level 

If you have a conservatory you could try growing citrus plants from seed - I've grown small plants of lemon, orange and grapefruit - no fruit but little flowers that filled the conservatory with the most delicious scent and yet people with hayfever-type allergies never seemed to have a problem with it.

Best of luck and enjoy 

12/03/2013 at 21:10
Ooh thanks dovefromabove you have given me some good info and even a few ideas. Will be searching the link asap
our job is far the most rewarding . good to meet like minded individuals
thank you x
13/03/2013 at 11:32

There are hundreds of herbs, they would all be suitable, with very few exceptions.

Also all the flowers that can be added to salads.

13/03/2013 at 13:46
Would some soft fruits be a possibility? Thinking of strawberries mainly, a lot of cane and bushfruit's a bit spiny or prickly. Blueberries perhaps?
13/03/2013 at 15:16

Or red and blackcurrants which aren't as fussy about having acidic soil.

14/03/2013 at 12:28
On my quest to find more info ive come across a website called "eat the weeds and other things too " ive found that some peonys.hollyhocks.fushias and many more so it doesnt always have to be down the fruit and veg route
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