Country Garden; City Garden


| 10/1/2012 3:13:00 PM


Tags: garden, harvest, family, city, country, rototiller, potatoes, tomatoes, kids, processing, canning, food, Becky and Andy,

As I mentioned last week, I was inspired to keep writing in this blog, but I never fleshed out what I might be writing about. A short list of items includes homesteading, harvesting, unschooling and urban foraging.  

One of the sessions I attended at the Mother Earth News Fair talked about all the food she had within reach of her backyard, or on the roads she travels to and from work. Living in Maine, she had an abundant supply of wild blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. But she also found that the plants in her own garden, so often ripped out as weeds, were very edible and sometimes more nutritious than the very veggies she was trying to protect. 

In our home, we have already known from our time at Foxwood Farm that pigweed, purslane and lamb's quarter were very delicious and hardy weeds. The kids make a regular snack out of the purslane we keep in our backyard garden this year, pulling it between bike rides and the tree swing. They love the idea of foraging for food, even in this small way. Sometimes they'll bring me a stalk or leaf and ask if its food? After careful identification, I give them the thumbs up or down. Since I am so inexperienced in what herbs and plants can be consumed, most of the time it's been a thumbs down. 

Well, no more. I endeavor to learn every plant we can eat on our 1/2 acre lot we rent here in Oshkosh. 

An easy one to start with is our city garden. 

I suppose this can't be considered foraging as we intentionally dug up the ground and planted it with peppers and tomatoes. However, seeing as the spirit of foraging (especially in the city) is to be more self sufficient, the garden is our number one supplier of free* food. 

elizabethsagarminaga
2/9/2015 10:12:49 PM

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becky and andy
10/3/2012 10:18:44 PM

Thanks, Nebraska Dave! We intend to keep them workin' hard for their suppers so that they can know how to take care of themselves post our care. We've had to learn so many traditional skills in our adult life that our children will just know how to do from the get-go. It's the best education they can get, in my opinion. :-)


nebraska dave
10/2/2012 6:56:00 PM

Becky and Andy, you may think that you have nothing very exciting to write about but I'm always fascinated by every post and read every one. Such great family dynamics you have. Your kids are very fortunate to be having such a great life experience. It will definitely show up in later years with sound judgement and good decisions about life issues. As far as I'm concerned there's nothing better than growing up in the country, learning about growing food, and animal care. Responsibility and patience are two of the things they are learning that's being lost in the city culture. I for one am glad to see you writing about your experiences again. Have a great country living day.





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