wild edibles

How to Eat Well From Your Garden in Early Spring

How to Eat Well From Your Garden in Early Spring

I've found myself grazing in my garden already this year.  I am thrilled to see some of my greens returning after being eaten to the ground by slugs as seedings last fall and surprise returns from my arugula, spinach, and collard greens.

Yesterday I snapped a few pictures as I grazed in the afternoon sun, hungry for fresh food, despite the lunch I ate a couple hours earlier.  Perhaps it's the change of seasons or my body's desire for more greens, but I made my way around my backyard (mostly in a squat) snacking on anything edible. It was one of the most delightful snacking experiences this year.  

What's snack-worthy this time of year, you ask?  A surprising amount of greens.  Here's what I have growing right now:

3 Fantastic and Useful Shrubs for Your Home Landscape

3 Fantastic and Useful Shrubs for Your Home Landscape

As a landscape designer with a passion for "harvestable" landscapes, my designs tend to focus on edible and medicinal plants.  Many of our native plants are edible and/or medicinal so I like to work these into my designs too.  Surrounded by some of my favorite native and edible plants last weekend at a state park, I took some photos and was inspired to write this post.

The following three shrubs are easy to spot in our forests.  They are all evergreen and have edible berries.  Can you guess which shrubs I'm thinking of?  Read on to find out!