Posts tagged: foraged greens

Aly’s Foraging at College

By , October 3, 2013

One of the things I was looking forward to about my third year of college was the year-round foraging provided by the temperate climate of western Washington. I returned in time for the harvest season, so foraging promises to be easy. I just went on my first foraging expedition of the year, a pleasant two-hour ramble through the woods around my school.

My main goal was a small grassy clearing full of plants that thrive in disturbed soil, such as dandelions and plantain. I gathered plenty of both of these, and found an apple tree nearby with several reachable apples. This was a very pleasant surprise for someone who grew up in an area without wild apples. On my way back, I spotted several chanterelles which I happily added to my back of goodies.

First harvest  (Photo: Aly Zeiger)

First harvest (Photo: Aly Zeiger)

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Am I Working Too Hard? Bumbleweed Pesto

By , November 7, 2009

I’m not sure whether I’m going about this gardening thing the right way. I do hours of research through the winter to plan the garden. Then I check my reference books weekly to keep things growing well. I listen to You Bet Your Garden every Sunday on the radio and take notes.

I have been gradually reclaiming the garden from the forest. The previous owners of our place had a wonderful garden, but it hadn’t been worked for a couple years when we moved in, so the tree roots and weeds had taken over. As I reclaim each bed I dig out all the dirt, cut out any large tree roots in the way, lay down landscape cloth to keep the roots from coming back a little longer, then put the soil through a screen to remove smaller roots and weeds. As I go I add buckets of seaweed and compost for fertility. It’s a lot of work. Continue reading 'Am I Working Too Hard? Bumbleweed Pesto'»

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