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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Black Nightshade

Who knew?  One of my wildcrafting pals found this in my back yard and told me what it was and that it was edible... not only edible, but delicious.  It tastes, oddly enough like a sweet tomato!
This is what the plant looks like before the berries turn black.  Pick them when black.  They are so good!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Pole Beam Fort

My pretty bean and wild morning glory tunnel.  I know the beans aren't wild but I figure I can get away with showing you this because of the morning glories.  This tunnel is so perfect, I am going to do this every year from now on.  You can actually plant both sides ( which I will do next year ) with pole beans and let them climb.  The cool thing.... besides being actually cool inside the tunnel ... is that gravity makes the beans hang down and you just move from the hot garden into the cool tunnel and just reach up and pick the low hanging beans.  So easy!


Oklahoma Paw Paws

" Pickin' up Paw paws. puttin' 'em in my pocket....."

These tasty fruits remind me of mango, banana, persimmon.  They are rare ...so far... as they don't travel well and are difficult to preserve.  Here is what I did with mine.
squish them through a sieve, add white wine vinegar and oil to the golden colored fruit for a pretty, sweet,and delicious salad dressing.  Pictured here is some freshly picked curly dock that will also make it into the salad.




Saturday, July 15, 2017

an interesting lunch

A few unusual things going from the garden for lunch. Mint for tea, ground cherries add to strawberry pie seedpods from radishes for a salad, broccoli leaves, For cooked greens along with Polk sallet that have already been boiled twice and lambs quarter greens. Do you think that the good greens will counterbalance the bacon grease that I'm adding to the mix?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Basil Pesto w wild greens


Today I am making a new spin on the traditional basil pesto.  Mine has the addition of Lambsquarters and broccoli leaves.  This adds nutrition without changing the taste.  I also grabbed a jalepeno as I walked through the garden and threw that in as well.  I swap out pine nuts for a less expensive, walnuts this time around.  I often substitute roasted almonds or cashews but I had a lot of walnuts on hand so they got thrown into the mix.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

making Curly Dock Flour today


I didn't actually use a flour grinder for this as from what I can glean from others, the seed, husk, and of course, the leaves are all edible I decided to blend them all together and use rather than separate the three.  I will keep you posted on how it goes as far as using it.  I suppose one could still grind further and sift to get a finer flour but I will probably use it as I use flax seed meal, just as kind of a filler and not a solo flier.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Habitat Tour

                                the good folks at Oxley Nature Center on the front porch


Wild plant sellers in the driveway


The yard is all dressed up and ready.  The peonies are gone but last week's painting is still here.

 

We had nearly 1000 people on the tour.



Jess and Megan from the Oklahoma Wildcrafters made the front porch a prettier place.  They had lots of educational stuff for our guests to see.  They brought many edibles from their front yard on the way over.