Meg Mitchell wrote:For the salal have you already ruled out taking root cuttings? I have a lot of salal and it seems to send out little underground runners like Oregon Grape. It might be worth trying to take one of the healthier baby plants, cutting it off from the parent and trying to move it, like you might do to start a strawberry patch?
Meg Mitchell wrote:I have a patch of miner's lettuce and I absolutely LOVE it. For about a month or two in early spring, it produces like crazy while it's too cold for the lettuce, and it's one of the milder wild greens I've tried.
I've tried to start blue camas from seed but with no luck so far. I would guess it's easier to propagate from a bulb but then I would have to find bulbs. I know of a place where it grows wild but it's far enough away that I'd have to plan a trip for it, and I'd want to do that while it's blooming since death camas and common camas grow in a lot of the same spots, and the colour of the flowers is the easiest way to tell them apart.
eric fisher wrote:
Hi Dannon, really interesting post. I am a Brit and many of the names are unfamiliar to me but I suspect I would know a few by different names. Just wondering how
many are not growing in England and how ethical it would be to try a few here. Best E
Jay Angler wrote:I can't remember where I was looking, but I tripped over this link - http://kwiaht.org/documents/Camascookbook.pdf - which is a PDF of recipes for camas. The long cooking time is definitely an issue, but it can be frozen or dried after cooking so at least one could cook in bulk for multiple meals. A rocket powered pit oven sounds awesome.
I've been reading, Incredible Wild Edibles by Samuel Thayer, and it is inspiring me to work harder at finding wild foods to complement the land I'm working with. I'm happy to mix and match native and domestic plants, as they frequently complement each other.
Jay Angler wrote:@Daron - I took the plunge and left a comment on your blog. I've been gradually learning to recognize wild edibles that grow on my farm, but many aren't too productive due to the thin soil and deep shade. I've used Stinging Nettle and Miner's lettuce. I had hoped to encourage Salal to propagate on a sloped area, but I've not been able to collect seed. I don't know if the plants I've found are not producing fruit, or if the birds are getting it before me. Most of the plants are quite young.
I'm going to do a bit more research on the Stonecrop you mentioned. How does it taste?