I have a shed and carport that I am turning into a chicken coop and run. I needed a large roll of chicken wire to finish it out.
Voila! A coworker gifted me a large roll of chicken wire. Manna.
It started a conversation around the lunch table about being more self-sufficient, surprising me with those who are interested in expanding their life skills.
Another coworker volunteered chickens for the coop. A third is coming to help with some more technical things. I realize I am having a community “barn raising.”
I am having happy visions of sharing eggs and produce at work. Plus tree seedlings!
I have wild mustard plants this year. I ate one in lieu of lettuce on my tuna salad sandwich. It was mild with a tiny after bite. Perhaps next year I will have enough to grind the seeds for a winter spice. Beautiful flowers complete the picture.
Every edible wild green that volunteers encourages me to limit “hard work” varieties.
Opinion: The best plant identification book is Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel.