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I find them to be a little bit on the expensive side, but they definitely have some rare things I want. You can get a lot of the other species they have at places like Prairie Moon Nursery & Etsy, usually for cheaper.
2 days ago
They guy finally got back to me. Looks like I won't be able to buy from them, anyway- they only accept Paypal. They were out of American Lovage, but still had the other two plant seeds & said it would come to $14 with shipping included.

If anyone else wanted to try, the site was
1 week ago
I found a few more, but was holding off until I felt a I had enough to warrant another post & kind of forgot about it. Discovered a while back that the east has a native gooseberry, after all- Eastern Prickly, aka Dogberry.


Canadian Honewort (Eastern US/ Canada)
Trout Lily Bulb (Eastern US)
Virginia Waterleaf (Eastern US)
Water Parsnip (Eastern US- very easy to confuse with invasive Poison Hemlock if looking at flower. Pay more attention to differences in shape of leaves & root instead)
Chinkapin Nuts (Pacific NW)
Epazote (American south, possibly)
Mayhaw (American SE)
Oyster leaf (northern Atlantic coast)
Prairie Parsley (survival food only)
Redroot Seeds ( American SW- only use is additive to make Pinolé)
Thyme Leaved Spurge ( American south, Great Plains)
Wild Parsley Root (Rocky Mins, Great Plains)

With mushrooms, I want to add:
Truffles- American Imaia, Michigan & Pecan
If a more complete list all in one place helps, (other names for same plant after /, other species in () )we have:

Nuts/ Seeds:
Acorn, American Lotus, Beech, Blow Wife, Bodark/ Osage Orange/ Monkeybrain, Buckeye, California Poppy, Chestnut, Chia, Chinkapin Nuts, Hazelnut/ Filbert, Hickory Nut, Pecan, Pine nut, Quinoa/ Goosefoot, Sunflower, Virginia Sweetspire, Walnut (Butternut)

American Lovage, Bergamot, Bayberry (Bog Myrtle), Calamint/ Wild Basil (Wild Savory), Eastern Redbud, Eastern Sweetshrub/ Carolina Allspice, Ginger, Goldenrod, Hyssop, Indian Potato, Juniper Berry, Maple Syrup/ Sugar, Mint (Whorled Mountain, Downy Wood, American, etc), Prairie Tea, Prickly Ash Pepper, Rock Cress, Sage, Saltbush, Sassafras/ Filé, Spicebush berries, Spikenard, Sweet Anise, Tarragon/ Wormwood, Toothwort, Virginia Pepperweed, Wintergreen/ Teaberry/ Checkerberry, Violet petals, Wild Tansymustard, Yampah/ Wild Dill

American Licorice, American Lotus, Bamboo, Basswood Leaves, Bearberry/ Kinnikinnick/ Manzanita, Biscuit Root/ Kouse, Bitterroot, Black Nightshade, Black Tree Lichen, Brook Lettuce, Buckbean, Buffalo Gourd, Bur Cucumber, Cabbage Palm Heart, Camas, Canadian Honewort, Cattail, Clearweed (Stinging Nettle), Common Milkweed, Cow Parsnip, Creamcup Leaves, Creeping Cucumber, Dandelion, Eastern Redbud, False Solomon's Seal, Fern Fiddleheads (Lady, Cinnamon), German Rampion/ Primrose, Ginger, Greenbriar, Groundcone, Groundplum, Harbinger of Spring Root, Indian Breadroot, Indian Cucumber Root, Indian Potato/ Potato Bean/ Hopniss/ Groundnut, Jack in the Pulpit Root, Jerusalem Artichoke/ Sunchoke, Lake Cress, Lily Root, Marsh Marigold, Miner's Lettuce, Ocotillo, Okra, Oyster leaf, Pine tips, Pokeweed, Prickly Pear Cactus, Pea, Prairie Parsley, Prairie Potato, Purplestem Angelica, Saltbush, Samphire Greens, Seaweed/ Dulse, Shooting Star Root, Shorebay leaf, Skunk Cabbage, Solomon's Seal, Spikenard,  Sweetflag, Sweetvetch Root, Thyme-leaved Spurge, Tinpsila, Tockwogh/ Tuckahoe, Triplet Lily Root, Tule, Virginian Dwarf Plantain, Virginia Waterleaf, Wapato/ Duck Potato, Water Horehound/ American Bugleweed/ Gypsywort, Water Parsnip, White Alder Catkins, White Avens, White Chervil, Winter dress/ Yellowrocket, Wood Sorrel, Wild Beans (Wild Kidney, Wild Trailing, Rattlebox, Mesquite), Wild Chili Peppers, Wild Onion (Meadow Garlic, Ramps, Nodding), Wild Sweet Potato/ Morning Glory Root, Yampah, Yucca

Alligator Apple, American Olive, Beautyberry, Black Cherry (Sand Cherry), Black Huckleberry, Black Raspberry (Red Raspberry, Blackberry, Salmonberry, Cloudberry), Blueberry (Western Huckleberry, Sparkleberry), Buffaloberry, Bunchberry, Carolina Buckthorn, Chokeberry/ Aronia, Chokecherry (Pincherry), Cocoplum, Crabapple, Cranberry (Lingonberry), Creek Plum, Crowberry (Rock berry), Currants, Deerberry, Dewberry, Elderberry, Gaylussacia/ Eastern Black Huckleberry, Fairybell Berry, Figs, Goji berry/ Wolf Berry, Gooseberry, Gopher Apple, Hackberry/ Sugarberry, Haw, Hogpeanut (actually not sure what to classify it as), Honeyberry/ Fly Honeysuckle, Magnolia Fruit, Mayapple, Mayhaw, Maypop, Mesae-Verde Cactus Fruit, Mulberry, Oregon Grape, Osoberry, Papaw/ Hillbilly Mango, Partridge berry, Pigeon Plum, Plum, Prickly Pear Cactus, Red Huckleberry, Rowan Berry, Saguaro Cactus Fruit, Salal, Saw Palmetto Berry, Sea Grape, Serviceberry/ Juneberry/ Saskatoon, Sourberry, Strawberry, Strawberry Blite, Texas Persimmon, Tupelo fruit, Viburnum Berry/ Highbush Cranberry/ Mooseberry (American Cranberrybush, Blackhaw, Nannyberry), Virginian Groundcherry, Virginia Persimmon, Wintergreen/ Teaberry/ Checkerberry

Buckwheat, Little Barley Pampas Grass, Mountain Rice, Wild Rice

Appalachian Tea/ Inkberry (Yaupon Holly), Bergamot, Bog Rosemary, California Laurel, Eastern Red Columbine, Eastern Redbud, Florida Pennyroyal, Goldenrod, Grape, Honey Locust (Black Locust), Hops, Hoptree/ Wafer Ash, Indian Potato, Kentucky Coffeetree, Leatherleaf Tea, Pine tea/ Nettle beer, Pacific Madrone/ Madrona, Prairie Tea, Senna tea, Sourwood tea, Spicebush tea, Sumac, Wild Rose Rosehips, Yarrow, Yerba Buena
2 weeks ago
I think those two food forests likely did better just because they predate climate change & colonial era invasive species introductions?

Two things I've learned about that in the last year- it takes trees 10-20 yrs before they start working as a carbon sink, depending on the species. Ground cover plants seem to do a lot better, as evidenced by how well & quickly soil builds in such environments. Secondly, most of the tree planting that's been done for decades does nothing. Logging companies tend to want to replant all the same 2 or more tree species as cheaply as possible (I guess other companies/ organizations that just want to seem "green" will pay for it, just to say they had a hand in it, but probably don't control what actually gets planted), then reharvest these replanted forests within 10 years, so that has effectively been damaging the environment more & has done virtually nothing to prevent climate change all these years.

With the restoration work I'm doing the last couple years, I've had minimal success. I got two wintergreen plants to sprout, but did so in places they were unlikely to survive the heat long, I got a beech, plum & Eastern Sweetshrub to sprout, barely got the beech to survive an attack by a vicious road crew in the spring, only to have a once-in-a-decade railway repair team throw gravel & broken rail right on top of all three. I got some elder trees to sprout in some places & they're doing fine, as well as a couple Redbuds, I think (I later determined that there was an adult redbud nearby, which accounted for at least one I found that was still young, but much bigger than expected. Still, there were also about three new seedlings.) I transplanted 6 plants I bought, which I was told were Virginia Groundcherry. Only two survived. Neither managed to flower or properly fruit last year. And, one of the first things I ever tried- I sprouted an American Holly bush, which is actually doing pretty well. First couple of years, it would get ashy white leaves. I wasn't sure if that was a disease, or not, but I picked them off whenever they presented themselves. It hasn't been doing that for a while, now. You can't eat it, but I think it should be approaching time to fruit for the first time. I also had what I thought was a store bought cherry tree growing that I tended to & kept alive, only for it to turn out to be a crabapple. And, again in the non-edible category, I once gathered a bunch of seed fluff from some big ornamental sycamores across town & threw those around. A couple of those got into some surprising places, but several of them are growing pretty nicely. And, I saved an endangered Butternut from being strangled to death by invasive grape vines.

Biggest issue I am working on right now is cutting back the invasive species in the area. I have been pulled over by the cops once over it, but when I told them what I was actually doing, they gave me the go-ahead & left me alone. We have tons of Trees of Heaven, Japanese Honeysuckle, domesticated grapes & Multiflora Rose, plus way too many buckthorns. I can't tell if the buckthorns are native or not, but there are way too many of them in some places. I am attempting to just manage it naturally by continuously cutting growth back until the plant can't take it anymore- if you keep on it, it kind of works. The plant just gives up on growth for months at a time & decides to conserve it's energy, but will then explode in growth in a very unhealthy manner, which is likely even worse for it in the long term, if I keep cutting it down. It's just that the adult Trees of Heaven are too big for that sort of thing. I worked on managing many of the grapes last year & am now moving into a lot of the other plants over this winter.

All in all, it sucks. We have a lot of great native species which I've found so far, many of which are technically edible, if one were so inclined- Juniper berries, mulberries, cherries, crabapples, haws, strawberries, spicebush, butternut, hickory nut, maple, sassafras, black raspberries, dewberries, blackberries, yellowrockets, firethorn, nannyberries, mayapples, Solomon's seal, false Solomon's seal, Jack in the pulpit, peppermint, mountain mint, wood sorrel, yarrow, black locust, bamboo, etc (some of these are invasive/ introduced, like the grapes, but I'm only worried if it interferes with other plants' growing that I want there, or grows too voraciously). I've spent a lot of money, time & energy trying to plant more native species this year, but the weather is not cooperating with the concept of winter, which is necessary for many of them & I'm living alone for the first time- between my low paying job & prices rising, next year's money will be tight, though I doubt it will be impossible. I am pretty much living as cheaply as humanly possible where I do live, but was a bit upset to find that, out of my nearly $600 check I just got last Friday, I probably now have less than $30, but at least all my bills are paid for the month.
2 weeks ago
Yeah, state parks don't normally allow that kind of thing outside of survival situations. Areas set aside for hunting may be more open to it, assuming there is anything to forage. Outside of that, some states require foragers to have a foraging license if not doing so on privately owned land with the permission of the landowner. Also, issues with endangered/ threatened species may be an issue, especially on government run/ public land.
2 weeks ago
Certain species of wildflowers & berries might be a good bet, but I have no idea what state you're in. Best assumption is California.

Also, work on diversity in your native pines & make sure they're not all the same one or two species. I've been looking into the matter in Ohio, since I have little to no idea of what an old growth pine forest should or would look like, & so far, we have four species of "true" pines, a species of spruce, something called a Tamarack & two species of Cedar- Eastern Red & Eastern White, plus a ground cover called Ground Hemlock. Good wildflowers/ berries to look for might be in the wood sorrel & wintergreen families, but I don't really know what else off the top of my head. As we said, give us a country/ state/ region & we might be able to help track down more specific info.
2 weeks ago
I feel like I should give an update, since December is over.

The site I wanted to order from makes you order everything over email. I contacted the guy & they said they'd be on vacation for two weeks. I think he forgot about me, or something, because it's going on 3 weeks, now, so no seeds, yet.

Anyway, weather is being schizophrenic again this year & I'm worried about plants not getting the proper winter exposure to sprout in the first place, as well as animals eating my seeds. Don't know how it's going for everyone else. I may have to learn how to start doing things manually, just in case. A few of them should be fine, but I'm not an expert on exactly which ones need what circumstances.
2 weeks ago
I don't really know anything else, but I imagine the area around Columbus would be one of the more expensive parts of the state to live in, since it's the only area of Ohio whose population has been growing. Everywhere else, it's been shrinking.
3 weeks ago
I guess skew more to the southeastern corner, if you can. That's the least populated part of the state & the most ecologically intact. The only issue is southern Ohio's wild boar problem. I really have no idea how far north they've gotten since crossing into the state from the south.
3 weeks ago