Welcome Purslane

Welcome Purslane

This time of year, if I had to depend only on what I plant, I would carry home much less food from my garden. The promise of abundance is there, but very little is ready to eat just yet. Thankfully, the wild edibles that volunteer in my plot and its periphery are...
Eating Nettles

Eating Nettles

In the spring just as the tree buds are becoming leaves, it’s time to start looking for nettles to harvest. If you find a patch, it will likely be abundant. Nettles, Urtica diorica, are wonderfully good for you, high in nutrients and with many health benefits....
First Bites of Spring

First Bites of Spring

After an unnatural cold snap that would not go away, my first visit to the community garden last week was pretty bleak. Even my kale leaves had been destroyed by day after day of below freezing temperatures. It’s not what we’re used to here in the Pacific...
Wilds for a September Smoothie

Wilds for a September Smoothie

The hot, rainless summer was emotionally draining. Wildfire smoke choked the air and vegetation withered for lack of moisture. My favourite wild greens offered no comfort; instead they hid their faces. Only purslane seemed to thrive. Now that the rain is back and...
Purslane

Purslane

Purslane is one of the marvelous volunteers in my garden plot. While others see it as a weed, I encourage it, and harvest a bag or two every week during its growing season. Here are three ways I use purslane: in my morning greens smoothie in soup – it has a...
December Dandelions

December Dandelions

You need a certain mindset to think dandelion leaves are lovely. A Sunday afternoon walk is pretty common, but stopping to pick dandelions? Not so much. But when you consider that they are chock full of health benefits, more than almost any vegetable you could buy...