indigenous grass

mostlyjudson  asked:

I actually had a question about the grass. If one where to allow grass to go to seed, and collect that seed could they make flour from that seed?

It depends on the kind of grass, but the short answer is: yes. How laborious this is depends on how easy the seeds are to hull, if they stick to the stalk, and how large/numerous they are, but there are several species of wild or semi-domesticated cereals that can be processed like wheat.

It also depends on how willing you are to sit and grind seeds with a millstone.

Seeds can generally be processed this way into nutritious cakes, like bush bread.

You can also make flour from acorns and chestnuts, as well as yams, clover, arrowroot, mesquite pods, and some kinds of palm trunks. Eat the Weeds has a great article on wild flours, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In terms of edible grasses, Eat the Weeds also has a number of pieces on that topic, from a North American perspective: ‘Can we eat grass?‘ and ‘Crabgrass was king’ are a good start for learning more.

2prof4tumb2bdiscovered  asked:

Hello! I'm designing a bee hotel for my school and I want to know what you think are the best things to include. I know using natural wood is important in order to encourage fungal growth and allow bee nesting. but what are the best options to allow protection while warming in the sun? It's for solitary bees and I live on the east coast of Canada. Thanks!

I’d suggest reading about the specific, local bees you would like to attract, and learning about their nesting preferences. Odds are, it will be tubes from our indigenous grasses and wood from your indigenous trees that will be the best option. Usually, you can extrapolate from their size and habitat what sort of biological nesting material is appropriate.

I recently saw this bee hotel in Spain:

It was basically a box about 2 metres long, which was sheltered under the shade of a tree, facing North, and protected by a row of tall lovage plants.

Placement will do a lot more for protection from overheating than design.

Good luck! I hope that helps.