If you know your edible weeds and these foraging tips, you could have a garden harvest even before you plant anything! It's great to get an immediate reward for a rehabbing a neglected garden area!
A Raised Bed Rehab Project
Tip 1: Pick Clean
Don't just pull a weed and toss it into a bowl or basket. Cut the roots off so the soil doesn't make it back to the kitchen. And double-check any clumps of plants to make sure there's nothing mixed in with that 1 kind of plant. After all, not every weed is edible!
Tip 2: Pick Organized
I made a Steemit post about 2 different strategies for efficiently picking garden weeds to eat. In a garden rehab, there's often a wide assortment of weeds. So I start off with a lot of bowls to hold the different kinds of weeds that I'm picking. I keep each kind of weed in its own pile. That way, it's a lot easier to double-check the plants back in the kitchen to remove any parts that are in poor condition -- or unwanted plants, like the really toxic one!
Tip 3: High-Grade
In picking garden weeds, we don't have to take everything. They're weeds, after all, so it's OK to high-grade, and just take the best plants back to the kitchen. Or the best plant parts.
Tip 4: Learn to Identify a Lot of Weeds - Correctly!
There are so many wonderful weeds to eat. The more of them you get to know, the more food you can harvest! I am constantly amazed at how much food is all around us. And these plants are really tasty, too. It's not just for some imagined survival situation -- these plants are real food for regular people!
Tip 5: Watch Out for Poison Hemlock
This is one plant that every gardener should know. Poison hemlock causes a lot of trouble -- for gardeners more than foragers! I keep track of poison hemlock reports in the medical literature and newspaper articles. Poison hemlock gets mistaken for garden carrots, parsley, fennel, and even kale. By inattentive gardeners, but especially when non-gardeners are helping with a harvest. Those reports are tough to read!
Enjoy Your Garden Weed Rewards!
It takes time for newly planted gardens to produce their crops. It's really satisfying to get an immediate reward -- even before planting anything! After clearing out my raised bed, it's all ready to plant now. And I've got a big batch of delicious wild greens to eat, too! Enough for days!
What Do You Think?
- Do you have any weeds in your garden?
- Do you eat any of your garden weeds?
- Do you know any of these weeds?
- Would you eat my weeds?
I eat a lot of wild plants and show you how, because I believe that we can all have lives that are richer, more secure, more grounded, and more interesting by getting to know the plants and the land around us – in our yards, our parks, and our wild places.
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- Nipplewort - Lapsana communis
- Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale
- Common Sowthistle - Sonchus oleraceus
- Prickly Sowthistle - Sonchus asper
- Prickly Wild Lettuce - Lactuca serriola
- Hedge Mustard - Sisymbrium officinale
- Cleavers, Stick-Tights, and lots of other names - Galium aparine
- Bristly Hawksbeard - Crepis setosa
- Bittercress - Cardamine hirsuta
- Purple Deadnettle - Lamium purpureum
- Wild Carrot, Queen Anne's Lace - Daucus carota
- Poison Hemlock - Conium maculatum - DO NOT EAT!