Free Food in the Back Yard
Since I have places in my yard that get no mowing ( my garden ) I am able to see what might sprout up on its own. I pull plenty of Bermuda grass but I am finding so many edible things that want to be there naturally. Last night I made curried greens from some of the plants that I allow to stay in the garden. Just for fun, I researched their nutritional value . ( I love Google!) Turns out that Purslane has more omega3 fatty acids than ANY other green veggie and was among the highest in Vitamin A. Dandelion was in the top 4 green veggies for over all nutritional value. Lambsquarters, more good stuff than spinach! Poke Sallet ( don't EVER eat this raw, boil and pour off water and then cook again ) High in protein, folate, magnesium, Vitamins A and C and B6. Wood sorrel for a lemony taste Vitamin C. And this stuff doesn't have to be planted, tended, weeded, poisoned! It is provided for you for FREE ( which is my favorite word )
Why is it we have so trained ourselves that it isn't food unless we buy it? I don't know but if you took a look at the prices on ORGANICALLY grown anything you might start taking a look at what grows in your own yard. Why not do an experiment. Turn over a small portion of your back yard and see what editable goodies find their way to you.
I am Margaret Aycock. This blog follows my life as an artist, organic gardener, forager, cook,and house concert host. I live in a family of musicians/songwriters/artists, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Aycock ( Scissortail Records) Scott Aycock NPR, Folk Salad