Shari Clark

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My husband and I live on a 3/4 acre piece of land located in a forest in Manitoba, Canada. The land is close to Lake Winnipeg and is filled with poplar, fir trees, some ash, and lots of wild plants. I am trying to grow a vegetable garden and it has many challenges. I also love trying to figure out what "weeds" can be used for medicine or food.
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Love this thread!

For me, it's plantain, stinging nettles (although with limits!) and goutweed. I also the wild daisies, which are considered invasive in our area. I only had them one year and wish they would come back. So beautiful!
Another things that has taken over our yard/garden is forget-me-nots. They are breathtakingly beautiful but would refuse to let anything else grow if they had their druthers.

I am super-curious about lambs quarter, which I have been hearing about and want to learn more.
20 hours ago
Plantain grows profusely on one area of our lawn, and I try to pick it in between mowings. So, it's kind of unofficially my plantain spot. I did try to leave a big area of my garden this year for stinging nettles, and the results have been mixed. The area was so big that the nettles went to see two months earlier than other years. The good part is that I will have a huge crop to use for enough tea for the year but the bad part was that it became even more uncontrollable. I am not sure if I will do it again.
20 hours ago

Marco Zolow wrote:I have been spreading my nettles all around my rewilding project on the back half of my suburban lot. I planted a couple patches in my front yard pollinator garden and they like to try to take over. My strategy is to go around and collect the plants when they are around two feet tall. Just to thin the herd and keep them localized to the area where they are welcome.

I am also finding that I have a higher tolerance for the sting after constant exposure. Still has a kick when it gets me on more tender skin, yet my fingers are getting nearly immune. I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy having nettles here. The tea is supposed to be good for arthritis, so I am testing that out.

Marco, great strategy! Can you say more about the "rewilding project?" That sounds interesting.

I also find I am quite tolerant to the sting now, too. My husband and use it directly on sore muscles in the summer, just rubbing the fresh leaves on the aching area. It is an immediate relief, kind of like a Tiger Balm idea. I did try sending some to my sister for her arthritis last year but it was ruined in-transit, so will be trying it again this year. I would love to hear if it seems to help for your arthritis.
1 month ago

Rio Rose wrote:

It was like the cleanest cup of coffee I've ever had.

I currently have ten pounds of blanched nettle in the freezer and I feel woefully impoverished to last the coming year with so little (!!!), headed out for more later today. My green security blanket, is stinging nettle. May it be yours too. ❤️

Rio, thank you so much! Yes,  love your description: "the cleanest cup of coffee I've ever had"  and your "green security blanket." So poetic! I knew it was good for medicine but had no idea it was good for something so immediate: energy, a much-needed commodity!  I gave away my second sample of it today to a lady at work.   <3
1 month ago
I just wanted to update this thread from last year, where I was unsure what I should do with the proliferation of nettles in our yard.

This year, I have made a decision. I am keeping the nettles contained to an area within the garden, one being a hugel mound, and a patch adjacent to it. This is where most of them are growing right now. I will try to grow some flowers in there with them (for now, some giant poppies.) If I see them anywhere else, I will pull them up.

This year, to me, the nettles are definitely not weeds but a desired crop, albeit one that must be controlled.

One reason for my decision is that the other night I tried some of the dried nettle tea harvested from last year (I only did a bit of it) and it gave me a complete energy boost. I was up late working and it allowed me to keep going. That convinced me that all the hype about nettles is true and I want everyone to try it! I know it's good for so many things but I hadn't tried it as an energy boost. To me, it was life-changing!

1 month ago
I'm just seeing this post from last year, and there are such great ideas here. Anyone have any other pumpkin cooking ideas to add? I have a big pumpkin sitting on my kitchen counter from my CSA, and I definitely don't want it to go to waste. Thanks for the inspiration to everyone who posted!
8 months ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:I just realized tomorrow is Canadian Thanksgiving! Have a great day y'all!

What are the traditional foods? What are YOU having? Do the two questions relate at all?

Thank you, Pearl! For our family growing up, it was turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, dressing and cranberries. It is traditional to spend time with family or close friends. It can be celebrated on either the Sunday or the Monday.

As for us, I am cooking a turkey tomorrow with mashed potatoes and dressing for just my husband and me. I will also make a cauliflower substitute for mashed potato because I am on the keto diet. I usually buy two turkeys because you can always get a good deal on turkey during this time. I am looking forward to having enough meat to last for a week!

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!
8 months ago
Welcome to Permies! I am west of you in Manitoba. Nice to see a fellow Canuck.
8 months ago
Welcome, Tomi! Your book looks amazing! I live in a forest and it's been such a journey to learn how to garden in this environment.
8 months ago