One of my most vivid and fondest memories was walking our farm with my grandpa in Iowa as a young boy. My father bought my grandpa’s farm and we moved onto it in the year 1970 when I was in first grade. My grandpa would still come to the farm after they moved to tend his bees, forage for plants that he wanted, and much to my disdain cut weeds! In fact he loved to cut weeds or so I assume by the frequency in which we did that! Him with his scythe and me with a hoe to dig up the roots so the weed wouldn’t grow back.
However, there was very few times that he actually called them weeds! You see my grandpa would always tell me that there was no such things as weeds only plants that weren’t worth as much as others. He would go around and tell me about the plants and their uses. Things like Ma-yapples, Burdock, nettles, etc. They all had a purpose and in this blog I am going to share with you their purposes and their qualities. Yes even plants like poison ivy and poison oak have good uses and I will share them all with you in this blog.
For centuries mankind has used plants for medicines, in cooking, and for other practical uses such as rope, clothes, paper, etc. It wasn’t until the industrial age that we migrated from using plants to using chemicals and petroleum products. However; as of late there has been a resur-gence to go back to using plants and I think that is a good thing.
So before we get started I need to tell you that I am NOT a botanist, or an expert of any kind and I am only sharing with you my knowledge and knowledge I have gained from books, the internet and other sources. If you are unsure of ANY plant do NOT TOUCH OR ESPECIALLY EAT IT!! EVER! There are certain plants that can make you sick and even kill you! A lot of plants have adapted over the years to insure their survival. This includes things like color, needles, and yes even poison! The other thing to consider is where the plant is growing, most lawns are places are treated with chemicals so eating plants today can be hazardous to your health in that respect al-so. I take NO responsibility in anything you do but I do care for your well being so be safe and if you do not know what you are doing then don’t do it or find a source like a class or foraging men-tor before you do anything I am about to blog about.
So with that in my next blog entry I will get started with the basic plants everyone has heard of and most will find them in their own back or front yard. I will show you the good things about them, what to avoid and my own anecdotes about them from growing up and learning about them!
Till then God Bless friends and we’ll gobble at ya later!