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Foraging for Chickweed

This week I’m roaming empty lots and old gardens, foraging for chickweed. Chickweed is one of my favorite wild greens. I grow it in containers on my balcony, but my containers don’t yield as much as I want. So I’m out in the cool, moist weather, scanning the ground for the soft little herb, because […]

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Guerilla Gardening Nearby

Urbanization took over a big, open field across my street. Where dozens of wild edible and medicinal plants grew, bees and other valuable insects foraged, and even a rabbit family once thrived, five new buildings now tower. I grieve for the wild life and the knee-high wild grasses bulldozed over, and for the three old […]

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On Gathering and Eating Nettles

You know those old jokes that start, “First, go out and steal a chicken…”? Well, to eat nettles you have to go out and forage them. They like partially shaded to sunny places, like deserted lots and old gardens. Going out into places like that will make an urban forager out of you. You might […]

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