It seems these days that more and more people are interested in cutting harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers out of their lawn-care regime. The common finding, upon doing so, is that unintended plants begin to show up. First appearing on the margins, and then creeping further into the lawns and garden beds, these plants can cause frustration and doubts about changing ones approach to the care of their property.
We call them weeds. We don’t want them there. We don’t know what they are.
In my yard of .08 urban acres, before the garden growing season has fully kicked into gear, I can find a dozen different plant species. Already mature and ready to harvest, and as tasty as any cultivated green, they require no watering, no mulching, no care at all. They’re simply there, ready for me to partake of them if I dare.
Do you dare? Are they safe?
Our brains are wired for visual imprinting. We remember faces of people we have met only once, years ago. Surely we all know what a dandelion looks like. And an acorn. Asparagus. Raspberries. Simply through repeated exposure, we are able to gain the ability to recognize something with no effort.
We just need something to guide us through those first few positive imprints.
You can do it on your own, using books and the Internet. You absolutely can. But if you find yourself desiring a second set of eyes, I will happily provide on-site consultation in the Columbus area for a small fee. And to more fully start you down the path of embracing wild edibles, I will share cooking and recipe tips for the edibles that we identify using field guides and other resources.
I understand that beginning the voyage of utilizing backyard edibles can be intimidating for some. We all deserve to give it a try; if you’re interested, the knowledge is absolutely attainable.