Monthly Archives: September 2014

Is that “Wild” Berry Poisonous?

A silly thing happened at work. One of my young coworkers has a large tree with a lot of “berries” on it and wanted me to tell him if it is poisonous. I asked for a sample of the fruit … Continue reading

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Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

I put the Redbud seeds in soil to sprout. Although most sources only mention eating the flowers, I eat the green pods and dried seeds. This beautiful bloomer has just enough shade to grow lovely flowers underneath in the fierce … Continue reading

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Fall Seed Collecting

Today I found a Redbud (Cercis canadensis) tree covered with dried seedpods. I grabbed a dozen and will start a few trees this winter. I like to eat the flowers, pods, and dried seeds. The flowers are a welcome sight … Continue reading

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I am Dreaming of Spring

I know most folks dream of Spring in the Winter months, but many seeds are collected in late summer and fall. What I collect now determines what diversity is added by me to my food forest next Spring. I rarely … Continue reading

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Oregon Grape (Mahonia repens)

Sweet. At my local Home Depot I found Mahonia repens on sale. I picked out three of them. I was delighted to find a New Mexico native there! I love Mahonia in my garden, it attracts so many birds when … Continue reading

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Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

I visited Margy and received a half dozen small Purslane plants. A shame they are annuals, but I am committed to flowèrs and reseeding.  Purslane is believed to be a Eurasian import; however, 5000 yr old seeds have been found … Continue reading

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