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Ryan M Miller

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So that's the white-flower morning glory that keeps popping up in my neighbors' yards. I've had to remove bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) from landscaping before. The plant seems to be far more aggressive than even periwinkle vines (Vinca minor).
12 hours ago
Update: I planted the lamb's quarter seeds in the middle of March along with some quinoa seeds, and about half of the lamb's quarter seeds sprouted. Perhaps the wild plants require a longer period of cold to consistently sprout, but it may just be the normal pattern of sprouting for this plant. I have already made about four batches of steamed lamb's quarter and quinoa this year. I plan on saving lamb's quarter seeds from the plants that sprouted earliest. Hopefully I get a more consistent germination after a few generations.
19 hours ago

paul homestead wrote:

Wintercress (Barbarea vulgaris) is past its prime now.  The rosette of large but tender leaves are good cooked in late winter, but are bitter now.  I'm mentioning the plant because the flower buds are OK cooked.  Some claim they are like tiny broccoli.  The buds are  somewhat bitter eat raw, but I do nibble them on occasion.

Hello Paul,
I had already posted about some mustard plants that I thought might be Barbarea vulgaris that I found growing at a park nearby my house. They were in full bloom with bright yellow flowers. I have some photographs here. I have heard rumors from the pfaf website about possible hazards when eating this plant, but I just want to confirm if it can be eaten raw.
3 weeks ago
They at least seem to be a perfered food for honey bees and hoverflies.
3 weeks ago
The pfaf website suggests they are edible, but I was hoping I could get verification from an experienced forager.
3 weeks ago
Hello everyone,
I found this wild mustard plant growing where I live at a city park in Greene county Ohio. I just want to confirm what species it is. I think its Barbarea vulgaris, but it could also be another mustard species. The plants were only eighteen inches tall (1/2 metre). I also wanted to know if anyone here has any experience using the plant for food.
3 weeks ago

William Bronson wrote:I planted some,  because my son loves the flowers,  and he was interested enough to research them.
I'm not sure how one could eat the greens, I found one unchewed bite bitter enough to give me an instant headache!
Apparently you can grow them in the dark(blanching?) and then they taste great, but I can't imagine going to the effort.
The pet bunnies like it just fine as is.

After the plants have grown a year, dig up the roots in late fall before the ground completely freezes. Cut off any remaining leaves one inch from the taproot. Bury the roots packed together in damp sand with the plant heads facing up in a dark place. The basement or an unused closet will work. Here are some links better explaining the process. I've never tried the process myself, but I plan to do it this year. The young, tender greens can also be eaten in early spring before the plant begins to bolt to seed:

4 weeks ago
If you're looking for a coarse, sturdy fiber similar to jute, you could try basswood/linden bark from trees in the Tilia genus. A cloth called shinafu was historically made from linden bark in Japan. I've never actually tried spinning or processing linden bark so I don't know what preparation it requires before spinning. Hybrid European linden (Tilia x europaea) and American basswood (Tilia americana) both are widely planted where I live in southwest Ohio. Tilia americana even grows wild in deciduous forests where I live.
1 month ago
Two interesting fibers that are readily available to me are milkweed bast (from the stems) and basswod/linden bark. Basswood bark was historically used to make a course cloth similar to jute in Japan called shinafu. The one place where I have actually seen someone try to work with milkweed bast was on this blog link here:
1 month ago
I'm limited on what equipment I can make at home. A good portion of the power tools at my house are burried under twenty years worth of my father's clutter. I also don't have any experience in carpentry to make a flax brake. I guess I could try to hunt down an antique flax brake and flax hackle. It should be comparatively easy to make a scutching knife and board.
1 month ago