Another project has been to include as many food and medicine plants into the gardens around the house as we can. This has been easy and fun. Hopefully in the next year I will put in a good asparagus patch. I'm not much into maintenance, so the plants need to be mostly able to care for themselves. So far, so good. Here's a little of what's going on right now...
Below, you can see part of the 50 foot row of raspberries I created from the roots salvaged from that little adventure. Last year we had so many berries that I just used the last frozen quart a week ago in a cobbler.
This particular fig is a Chicago Fig tree. It is even hardier than the Brown Turkey, so it is on the edge of the orchard, completely unprotected. Looks like it does okay there, but again, it was nibbled down pretty hard. I'll protect it this winter, but won't be surprised if I get an autumn fig or two.
So there are quite a few of the foods growing around the house. Great burdock has been introduced under one of the large conifers out back, and I think I'll let that continue to grow. Purslane and lambsquarters grow freely along with chickweed, plantain, and dandelion. We do little to control them. There are mulberry trees and ground cherries within an easy walk, and last year there was a lot of chicken of the woods mushroom that we dried and added to lots of meals over the winter.
Much of what grows in the woods is delicious.
Although most of these plants wouldn't really be considered "wild" since I've cultivated them and "rounded them up" to be close by, but in my opinion, wild food shouldn't be thought of as subsistence or survival food. Many of the weeds we eat were brought here with great forethought from across the sea because they were important and beloved plant sources.
If you have the space, grow some food. If you don't, learn about some wild ones. You'll be glad you did!