Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

What's that weed in my garden? Weed? Really!

Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 8:53 AM
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  • Yeah!! Rain!

    Love the fresh smell that accompanies it, REALLY love the garden getting a drink.

    I harvest peas this lunchtime that were starting to fill out long before they grew to normal size. They must have sensed the water shortage and picked up the pace to get mature seeds.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 4, 2016, at 3:09 PM
  • Well, the only difference between a weed and any other plant is where it is growing......Every weed will have it's day as we cycle through what is hot or not......That is why this could be a fabulous subject for a meeting or three......Learning about indigenous plants and their properties could go a long way in helping us to understand more about our gardens.....Our nutrition....Etc.

    I guess this means I have come full circle once again......The earliest books I started collecting in my life, besides cookbooks, were books of the medicinal and other properties of herbs, plants and weeds. Many of the plants I collected were used to dye yarn but there is so much more to know. Much of it useful......

    Do you remember Euell Gibbons and his mid 1960's books " Stalking The Healthful Herbs " and " Stalking The Wild Asparagus " ? He has a great chapter on the Stinging Nettle. He states that wherever Stinging Nettle grows Dock will be nearby....And it can be used to relieve the pain of the Nettle sting......I guess I did not remember that chapter....... I have had these books so long that there are green stamps used as bookmarks.....

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, May 4, 2016, at 3:17 PM
  • I think chefgrape received suggestions from Palindrome to wash the car to make it rain? My wife did and look at what we got. LOL

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, May 4, 2016, at 3:31 PM
  • I remember Euell well. I used to have his books but I think too many moves have occurred since then, even though books and magazines were my favorite thing to move.

    A side note: It sure looks like our Blackberry Winter has come and hopefully on its way out. It was downright chilly here lat night. I swear my thermo-meter was below 40 degrees at daybreak.

    Also, for those who followed my coffee ramblings, I am back to brewing. I like the smell, I like hot coffee, but mainly it was the mess of dealing with loose coffee grounds. I will revisit that some day, but for now, deep breaths of coffee brewing. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 5, 2016, at 6:59 AM
  • Green stamps were great back in the day...I was able trade some once for an egg incubator and had my first pet chick at like age 6ish, probably around Easter!...come to think of it, they use to sell allot of chicks in local stores around here.

    They came in many different colors, until they realized it was unhealthy and cruel to baby chickens because they never made it in the warm hands of young kids! But, color dyed chickens are another subject, anyhow!

    Weeds to some are dinner for others in the chef world and great ideas have come from weeds. Burdock for instance led to the idea of Velcro and their roots are edible! Purslane is extremely rich in omega 3 fatty acids and can add a tart kick to say a smoothie if you drink them!

    Did you know Queen Ann's Lace is the original wild carrot an ancestor to all cultivated carrots? The young white flower head can be battered and fried or used in salads etc., I would not confuse it with Hemlock though you might wake up dead after eating it! Hemlock has a hairless stem and don't smell like carrots! It can kill you within an hour!

    The list goes on, Horseweed is even edible, you can dry it and use as a peppery spice! It amazing what some call weeds the a Naturalist would call part of dinner! Can you tell I've been reading up on this subject the last few mornings? Ha!..I'm learning a few things myself, interesting!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, May 5, 2016, at 7:39 AM
  • And plaid stamps!

    Your comment about hemlock is exactly why I am hesitant to go out on my own from books or even taking my smart phone out and comparing pictures. Pics can sometimes not pint out enough of the differences to avoid mistakes.

    Or at least I have not seen a website that points out the finer aspects. Anyone know one?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 5, 2016, at 8:18 AM
  • Well, they might pint but not point. LOL

    Spell checkers are just good enough to read my mind and if they did it would probably freeze the program with confusion.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 5, 2016, at 8:21 AM
  • I would take a chance on a plant long before a chance on a mushroom......

    And I would never chance just one website or book..........The more the safer............

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, May 5, 2016, at 12:15 PM
  • Agreed.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, May 5, 2016, at 12:34 PM
  • Wild mushrooms can be dangerous but here is using mycelium in a unexpected way, as packing?


    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 6, 2016, at 3:59 PM
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