Making Green Juice With Burdock, Chickweed & Dandelions
Every morning I forage for wild edible plants in my area, an make a Jar of juice. I have been moving in a direction of Clean eating. I hope to make a few videos on some of the foods I enjoy the most foraging for.
An “herb spiral” garden accommodates for the unique needs of most culinary herbs. Made of stone, cement, brick–or another material with a high heat capacity–the spiral-shaped structure functions to create a series of different microclimates and drainage conditions.
Herbs that prefer dry conditions are planted near the top, where drainage is the best (ie. Thyme).
Herbs and other plants that prefer hot conditions are planted near the walls, where they take advantage of radiating heat at night (ie. Rosemary).
Herbs that prefer sheltered conditions are planted lower on the structure, where they are sheltered from prevailing winds (ie. Dill).
Herbs that prefer cool conditions are planted low on the side of the structure that receives less sunlight (ie. Chervil)
Herbs that prefer wet conditions are planted near the base of the spiral, to where the water drains (ie. Mint).
Right now, my herb spiral contains this baffling array or plants:
Mint (Moroccan, Spearmint, Chocolate, Garden, Water), Thyme (Lemon, Lemon Variegated, Lavender, English), Sage/Salvia (Italian, Purple), Chives (Garden, Chinese, Garlic, and Round-Headed Leek) Curry Plant, Lavender, Rosemary, Tarragon, Oregano, Parsley, Dill, Chervil, Sorrel, Black Cumin, and Coriander.
I’ve been meaning to submit these photos to you for quite a while since a couple of weeks ago there was a lot of plum talk, and I thought you might not have heard of this species before, as I hadn’t until this Summer. This is Prunus maritima, otherwise known as the Beach Plum.
These dense clusters of shrubs were right on the dunes some 300 feet (about 90 meters) away from the Atlantic Ocean [in the United States]. They ripen from August to early September and since I am in the most Southern part of their range they ripen on the earlier side and were quite tasty.
They are tart and sweet and only very slightly bitter comparable to a cranberry (although not nearly as bitter in my personal opinion). I think it all comes down to the individual fruit where some are very sweet with almost no bitter taste, and some are more bitter with a more tart taste.
Either way I was eating them for a week and burying the pits in the dunes.
The most striking thing about these plants though in my opinion is the large spectrum of colors the plums can be, varying from almost a deep purplish pink to purple to every deep shade of indigo and blue that there is.
Also, there was a large female black and yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) roughly the size of my hand (no exaggerations whatsoever) guarding the plums. I didn’t see any insects any where close to the plums except for a few very small flies that were already consumed in Ms. Spiders web.
These fruits were untouched and perfect. All of the photos were taken on August 10th, except for the photo of the Ocean which was taken the day before. This is about three hours from where I live.
Not to be confused with the unrelated North American invasive Ohio
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
is also known as Sandthorn, Sallowthorn, or Seaberry.
orange berries of this plant contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits,
and have been studied for medicinal applications that range from
fighting tumours to regenerating tissues. They have been called both a
‘superfood’ and a 'delicacy.’
Being thorny, they are excellent for making a wildlife-proof hedge. They will spread laterally, forming clonal patches.
Hippophae species also have a
bacterial symbiont in their root nodules (pictured above), which fixes
atmospheric nitrogen into the soil. They can handle being near salt
water, and extremes of moisture and dryness.
Since the plants
are dioecious (male and female parts are on different plants), I am
shipping them in lots of 5 and 10 so the odds are higher you will have
Sea Buckthorns are regarded as a problem in Southern
Alberta, Canada, Australia, and in Northern Ireland (although there is some dispute
as to whether or not they are categorically invasive). I will likely not be able to ship these to place with tight biosecurity, like Australia, New Zealand, Hawai’i, or California.
about introducing it to your biome, and if you are unsure, don’t plant
The decision to line all of the garden paths with strawberries is proving to be both a beautiful and productive one.
They really seem to thrive in a wood chip mulch, and hold down any other competitors: they’re sort of my superstar groundcover plant in this edibleforest garden, owing to how fast they can colonise and area and form a dense mat.
Forest gardens have been a source of food security in the tropics for at least 10,000 years: while the Neolithic Revolution fostered a turn towards grain-based agricultural subsistence in some parts of the world, in others, agroforestry-style land management flourished.
While forest gardening is a form of land use that is relatively new to the temperate zone, it is certainly possible here: it just has to be tweaked a bit to suit the bioregion in which is it being attempted, introduce species from a wider geographic range, install more infrastructure (greenhouses, etc.), and account for both shorter growing seasons and lower temperatures.
I firmly believe – and this is from experience – that one does not need to move to Costa Rica to make this sort of cultivation a reality, and I would like to spend more time showing the colder side of permacultural design. I started my first edible landscape project when I was 19, and living in zone 3 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; this was years before I ever heard the word “permaculture.”
I would love to see more temperate-zone forest gardens. If you know of any projects taking place in more marginal climates, please let me know so I can share them! I am particularly interested in USDA zone 8 and lower.
Hibiscus syriacus is an Asian species of Hibiscus, hardy in USDA zones
5 and up.
Also called ‘Rose of Sharon,’ these late Summer-blooming
shrubs produce abundant showy flowers, beloved of bees.
The leaves and flowers are edible, and both have been used for centuries in Korea as an herbal tea.
listing is for a single plug plant, which is the seedling offspring of
my parent plant (pictured above). Seeds were planted last Autumn and
stratified outdoors, germinating this Spring. Plants have had one season
of growth, and will flower after two more.
The colour is not a
guarantee: these were likely pollinated by the white and pink plants on
my street, so their genetics may show some deviation from the colouring
pictured above. It’s half the fun of planting seeds!
H. syriacus can be invasive in warmer areas: check your import restrictions before purchasing.
Plants are ready to ship in the second week of September.
How crazy is it that Lidl just has bare-root mass-produced fruit trees in boxes? I’m always on the lookout for cheap trees of classic cultivars, but it’s getting ridiculous. This kind of thing must be killing greenhouses.
These were 39 kroner each, which is about $7.50 CAD. I nabbed a “Stanley” plum (Prunus domestica), which is an extra-sweet freestone plum that is used for prune production, and a “Redhaven” peach (Prunus persica), which is a late-blooming peach that is thus more likely to fruit in Northerly climes like mine.