Growing a Disaster Preparedness Kit: September was National Preparedness Month but anytime is a good…
by Jessica Roux
Fairy rings have a rich folkloric background. In Europe, they’ve been called elf rings, witches rings and sorcerer’s rings. Their tendency to occur in woodland areas have linked them with supernatural stories of fairies and other elusive creatures.
Rose illustrations taken from
Mathiae Andreae Schmid.
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Rare Books Collection. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/287736
Foraging with Ava for ingredients to make hedgerow jelly. We found blackberries, sloes, haws, rose hips, apples and crab apples.
We are still waiting for a confirmed moving date but in the meantime we have been harvesting, cooking and storing all we can. I will miss this dear Bramley apple tree that we were given by our neighbours as they never had any fruit off of it! Poppy and Baskerville also thought they would help Matt pick some apples!
Drying ‘Czar’ runner beans which I will use in cooking throughout the winter. They make a great substitute for butter beans.
When it starts to warm up, usually over 75°F lettuce plants like to bolt aka go to flower. Once it bolts the lettuce is typically more bitter and tough and not so great to eat, often times people will pull it out and use the space to replant. If you let the lettuce do its thing you have a chance to collect seeds for your next growing season. It will bloom flowers that pollinators love and then just like a dandelion it will close up and reopen with the little white fuzzies. As soon as they do this it is time to collect! You will be amazed at how many seeds each flower head contains. I just snipped off every little flower head with the fuzzies and brought them in side to seperate. You’ll want to make sure you spread them out and let then dry before long term storage. Store them in a cool dry place or in the freezer for a more extended “shelf life”.