Strategies For Grafting Fruit Trees | Your Small Kitchen Garden You’re looking at scions set in the split stump of a small branch that conveniently sprouted two seasons ago. This graft points into a space that could really use a low branch. Notice the leaf buds where the scions meet the stump. The most rapid growth occurs around leaf buds, so the design of the graft encourages the scion to grow into the stump. It’s pruning and grafting time in my small kitchen garden, as it must be for nearly everyone in hardiness zone 6 and lower (north of zone 6). My last five posts have been about grafting and pruning. Harvesting Stock for Scions You can harvest grafting stock all winter and store it until you’re ready to work. If I have a lot of grafting to do, I focus on it almost exclusively until pruning season is drawing to a close. Graft onto Thin Branches I like to graft onto very small branches—ones that are about a half inch in diameter. Graft to Larger Branches The grafting technique I use is very easy to duplicate. Prune before you graft. Align bark.
Gleaning A group of us in Goshen got together last night for an evening of gleaning, and ohhhh, what a lovely, lovely time! Transition Goshen has a project called, “The Low Hanging Fruit Press,” which many of us crowd funded so that we could purchase a community cider press. As a side part of this project, we also began to map fruit trees in town — on private or public property — in need of harvesting. Many people buy homes that already have fruit trees planted, and they find these trees a nuisance rather than a boon. I have eaten a lot of apples in my life, but I’ve never actually harvested one from a tree. Something magical happened to me as I approached the trees at sunset. This particular property sits on an old orchard, with rolling hills and twisting trees. We took a cider break to enjoy pressed cider from last week’s similar outing, which I missed due to a friend visiting from out of town. We can heal our planet and our communities. Blessings abound!
Laura Bruno – How I Did Less And Ate Better, Thanks To Weeds ~ Tama Matsuoka Wong At TEDx Manhattan – 28 August 2013 This was fun! Thanks to “And Here We Are.” David and I attended a Goshen event that aired this conference, but somehow we missed this one. “Tama Matsuoka Wong is a professional forager and the principal of MeadowsandMore, which she founded to connect people with wild plants and natural landscapes. She won the New Jersey Forest Stewardship Award in 2007 for her work on stewarding her own property in western New Jersey. She collaborated with New Jersey Audubon on producing a booklet Meadows on the Menu about how to work with nature to turn lawns or fallow fields in to meadows. “Tama recently authored the book Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in your Backyard or Farmers Market about her several year project with the chef de cuisine at Restaurant Daniel in NYC to turn edible “weeds” from nature in to delicious cuisine. “In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Like this:
Types of Wheat: What to Grow and How to Use It - Real Food Related Content Back to the Old Grind(er) One of our family treasures is an old iron mill. We had an opportunity to get the old mill out this... The great diversity we see today in wheat is the result of millions of years of evolution capped by 100 centuries of breeding by humans. There are no “standard” types of wheat. Which Wheat for Which Purpose? Common wheat (Triticum aestivum), sometimes called “bread wheat,” is the most widely grown species, and yields the flour we buy by the bag. Durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum) is used in most dried pasta and couscous, for raised and flat breads in parts of Europe and the Middle East, and, less often, in the United States for raised breads. Ancient wheat varieties are currently grown on smaller acreages in the United States than common and durum wheats. Which Wheat Is Most Nutritious? But if you consume the whole kernel, can you obtain better nutrition from some classes of wheat than from others? Which Types of Wheat Taste Better?
Milk Thistle Benefits Milk thistle has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. It is believed to be one of the most popular and effective herbs for the treatment of liver related diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, and gallbladder disorders. Research in the US and Germany suggest that milk thistle is also invaluable in the treatment of damage and side effects caused by pharmaceutical drugs, anesthetics and poisoning. It is also useful in the treatment of psoriasis. Background The milk thistle is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. The religious connection is from when people believed the milk that dripped from the thistle came from the dripped milk of the Virgin Mary while she breast-fed Jesus. Its flowering head can be a purple or reddish color and is often seen as an annoying, fast growing weed which can reach heights of 4 – 10 feet. Milk Thistle and the Liver It is Silymarin that gives milk thistle its healthy properties and has such a beneficial effect on the liver. Peter
Foraging: 52 Wild Plants You Can Eat Here are a few common North American goodies that are safe to eat if you find yourself stuck in the wild: Blackberries: Many wild berries are not safe to eat, it’s best to stay away from them. But wild blackberries are 100% safe to eat and easy to recognize. They have red branches that have long thorns similar to a rose, the green leaves are wide and jagged. Dandelions: The easiest to recognize is the dandelion, in the spring they show their bright yellow buds. Asparagus: The vegetable that makes your pee smell funny grows in the wild in most of Europe and parts of North Africa, West Asia, and North America. Elderberries: An elderberry shrub can grow easily grow about 10 feet and yield tons of food, their leaf structure is usually 7 main leaves on a long stretched out stem, the leaves are long and round and the leaves themselves have jagged edges. Elderberries are known for their flu and cold healing properties, you can make jelly from them and are very sweet and delicious. Gooseberries:
What is the universal edibility test?" Getting lost or stranded in the wilderness is serious business, and you need to make sound decisions to give yourself the best chance at survival. It also helps to know some basic wilderness survival skills. To make sure you're safe from the elements, you'll need to know how to build a shelter. To provide you with an opportunity to cook food, boil water and send a rescue signal, you should learn how to build a fire without a match or lighter. But just because you can live without food doesn't mean you should. It's dangerous to eat a plant you're unsure of, especially in a survival scenario. If you're in a survival situation and you don't have a book on local edible plants, there is a test you can perform to give yourself a good shot at eating the right thing.
Why Eat Wild Herbs and Edible Plants? The Benefits of Wild Edible Plants For hundreds of years people took advantage of the medicine cabinet at their doorstep. Before the advent of processed foods and modern convenience stores, wild plants were a common dietary supplement. They were the ultimate natural multivitamin! Often the plants we call weeds have therapeutic value. Why eat wild herbs? They are power packed with phyto-nutrients, hundreds of times the vitamin and mineral density of a supermarket lettuce. What if you live in the city? Not everyone lives in the countryside these days, with healthy spray free wild herbs at their doorstep. Drink herbal teas made from wild herbs, like nettle . If you do live rurally, how do you spot the good ones? People ask us, "how do you avoid the poisonous ones?” What to do with wild herbs and dark leafy greens? Wild herbs can be juiced (the forerunner to wheat grass juice!) What are some of our favourite wild herbs? Nettle - see the article on nettles -makes a nice quiche! Hi Anna, Kind regards
The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life | Tactical Intelligence Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life? If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds – for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives. Throughout this week and part of the next, I’ll be going into details on how you can prepare and eat these plants. For now though, here’s a quick overview into what they have to offer: Grass Surprising to many is the fact that you can eat grass. The young shoots up to 6 inches tall can be eaten raw and the starchy base (usually white and at the bottom when you pluck it) can be eaten as a trail nibble. Oak Oak – specifically the acorn – is a great source of food in the fall and early winter time. Pine “You can eat pine?!” Cattail
How to eat wild stuff and not get poisoned (how-to) Let's play pretend for a moment. Are you with me? Let's pretend you can't go down to the supermarket for food to eat. In fact, let's pretend that there is not a supermarket for one hundred miles in any direction, and you don't have any food with you. Does this seem unlikely? What this guide is:This is a guide to wild things that are 100% safe to eat. What this guide is not:This is NOT a guide to figuring out if something may or may not be safe to eat. BerriesThis is very easy to make 100% foolproof. Unless you are completely sure, do not eat non-aggregate berries - berries that are shaped like blueberries or gooseberries. Green StuffMost "green stuff" is not outright toxic, but can definitely cause you some distress. Note: You should use caution when eating any plant, particularly plants found in the water - they can harbor any creepy crawly that may have been living in the water, including giardia cryptosporidium among others. CrittersNever eat wild critters raw!
Dandelion has unsuspected health benefits such as inhibiting cancer cell growth (NaturalNews) So many people can't wait to get rid of them once they start growing on their lawn, since dandelions are often seen as unwelcome weeds. Some of you may also recall the Rolling Stones song named "Dandelion" that came out during the summer of 1967. It was possibly the last time that dandelion was truly put into the spotlight, but new hope has now emerged that could very well make it the most wanted weed around. The dandelion greens are closely related to the sunflower plant family, which includes over 22 000 other plant species, such as thistles and daisies. The dandelion greens contain extremely important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folate, magnesium and manganese. It's now on record that chemoresistant melanoma is the most common form of cancer for a portion of North American young adults, those aged between 25 and 29. Sources for this article include: