Growing Wild Edibles and the Transitional to a Fall Garden

This is a tour of our garden which is currently in a transitional stage, it also covers a few of the species I mentioned in yesterday’s show that we have harvested from the wild and now are cultivating in our garden such as purslane, lambs-quarter’s, amaranth and ground cherries.

There is kind of a moment at the end were as I am speaking I really come into touch with the fact that we will be leaving this house behind this winter when we move.  While I am very excited to move out of the city it did hit me just a bit that after all the years here of working and making this place into something special it will soon be turned over to someone else, someone who might remove my garden and plant good old civilized grass!  While I hope not it is up to the new home owner to either value or devalue the nitrogen rich organic soil we built.

Like I say at the end though, do it even if you will leave at some point, learn, gain the knowledge and make the place better than the way you found it.  While I will miss the place I don’t regret one second of the work we put into it or the countless meals that had something we grew for ourselves as part of them.

I am at the BOL today but there will be a show tomorrow it is already prerecorded and ready to go via the magic of automation and the wordpress blog platform,


11 Responses to Growing Wild Edibles and the Transitional to a Fall Garden

  1. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great job Jack! Really enjoyed the information you shared, keep up the video work when you can, and would love to see videos from the BOL. Again thanx!

  3. Hey, Jack,

    Just wanted to chime in about accidentally eating something too hot…it’s actually more effective to eat something oily – like nut butter or coconut oil – to soothe the burn. Water actually pushes the heat of a pepper into the delicate mouth tissue, making it even more painful, which is why it took you 30 minutes to start feeling better.

    FYI, in case it should ever happen again. 😉

  4. Any milk product, yogurt is best. Milk protein blocks some receptor or something like that

  5. Great videos, Jack! You gave me a lot to think about for the area around our place.


  6. Jack,
    I totally feel you man, Aug 15 2010 I had to walk away from my garden, in full production when my Fiancé and I moved from So Cal to South Dakota. I miss my garden and have no hopes of putting anything in here until May. I too knew that I would one day(any day with little notice) I would be walking away from all of my hard work and leaving it behind for god knows who to do god knows what with what what I sweat and bled to create. But like you said It was a learning experience and we ate from it when we needed it most (7 mo out of work, 3 of those living on our preps) So agian thank you Jack… You have helped us to “Live that better life when times get tough” I don’t know what we would have done with out our preps and our garden!

  7. Can somebody print the spelling of the wild edibles mentioned in this podcast? I can’t find 3 of them on Google – they sounded like:
    “erronia” (tastes like a cranberry),
    “sorrell” and
    “sumec” (a tree).

  8. Oops, sorry, I just figured it out… I read the wrong podcast notes.

  9. Great videos Jack. Please don’t forget to show your method on separating the seed from the amaranth, as I have some heads drying now and would love some help.

  10. I like your video’s as a nice mix, thanks.
    I have Hopi Red growing all over the place; do you mix the seed heads with cereal or bread mix?
    Where did you buy the fig tree also?

  11. Modern Survival

    @Foxy, I use the Hopi Red mostly when very young as a vegetable. The seed/grain is pretty good but things like “golden giant” produce a lot more. I do mix amaranth grain with breads, especially beer bread it gives a great toasty flavor and is so nutritious. I did up some half white half wheat beer bread with amaranth and sunflower seeds (both from the garden) that was so good and grainy. I put some in pancakes the other day, YUM.

    Call me crazy but I like to just eat some time to time, like a spoon full raw. I also like it on oatmeal and it is good in granola mixes if you do it in like clumps otherwise small stuff just goes to the bottom.

    I have not mixed it with cold cereal but I bet that would be good, I just don’t eat much of that.

    Fig? Nothing dramatic they came from Home Depot, 9.99 each!