Episode-73- TSP Rewind – 15 Underrated Plants for the Homestead
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Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.
Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1568- 15 Underrated Plants for the Homestead and was first published on April 30, 2015.
The following are the original show notes from that episode.
Yesterday we had a fascinating discussion on the Facebook Regarians page about Mulberry, I know it is awesome, I am growing a lot of varieties but I didn’t realize how much it could really do. In fact I considered just doing a show today called something like Magnificent Mulberries, because they do so much. I simply realized though that I can’t take in enough on them this morning alone to do them justice, so that might come at a later date.
I mean if you just begin to look into the above linked discussion the sheer volume of data is insane. So I decided instead simply to include it in a list of really useful but underrated plants by homesteaders and permaculturists.
What I tried to do with this list is be highly variable. To provide things a person might grow for cattle or goats on a large scale but at the same time provide things that you might grow on a small lot. Most not all but most of these you will have heard of before. It isn’t that they are unknowing just that their full usefulness is largely unknown.
Join Me Today As We Discuss…
- The marvelous mulberry
- The elderberry, it is for more than just wine
- Lemon balm, stop trying to grow citrus grow the flavor
- Blackberry, so many uses, it will shock you
- Medlar, what, med what, you will really like this one
- Wild garlic, wild onion and garlic and onion chives
- Lavender it is more then just something that smells nice
- Jujube tough as nails, storable, highly sought by some
- Roses wild varieties and old varieties
- Native persimmon not just for people
- Jute Mallow edible, naturalizes, asks almost nothing in return
- Lambsquarters eat it when it is small, mulch it when it gets too big
- Amaranth the seed is one yield the leaf is often a better one
- Bee Balm you get tea, you get beneficial insects and it won’t die
- Mints come one come all, from tea to candy, to salads to good adult beverages
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- 12 Things to Do With Lemon Balm
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I can relate so much to the purple bird poo. I have a mulberry on one side of my driveway and the wife and i compete for the parking spot on the opposite side every year. Loved the rewind. Keep up the great work.
Lambsquarters is very good raw too. It has a rich full quality, not real green tasting, more the quality of nuts or meat. But does not taste like meats, just the rich quality of it.
I liked this episode. It reminded me of my high school days studying field botany. Southern Michigan had a much better variety of plants than Sacramento does. And the book I was using included medicinal and Native American lore about many plants. I recognized almost all the plants you mentioned except for the rarer ones.
I also want to acknowledge the power in your verbal epiphany at the end of the episode. Yet there is a problem with it that you may run into with many people: The human story did not start on Earth. Now, there are a lot of routes for arriving at this understanding. But it is obtainable and is almost certainly true.
What this means in practical terms is that many people will be fascinated with experiences that are just beginning to become available on Earth and were part of earlier experiences they likely thought were lost or impossible to relive. This gives the technologists, especially with their graphic screens, internet connectivity and so forth, a lot of power over the average Earth person’s psyche. That similar technologies in the past have not led to very good experiences for many people has been largely forgotten.
The essence of freedom, then, is not so much a function of space, environment and control as it is of spiritual ability.
Your work has discovered many great lessons for Earth people. But the need for knowledge extends beyond that sphere and ultimately surpasses our current biological forms. I would be happy if people of Earth knew nothing more than what you are trying to teach them. But there are other forces at work pulling them away from your message. And so ultimately, the message we provide to those people must be stronger and more complete than the other messages they are getting from those other sources.