Archives for June 1, 2011

Wild ID Bags

Stairway to heaven

Had the coolest IDea….  Since identifying a plant accurately is sort of KEY in the wild business… I am always trying to find ways to make it easier to learn and remember.  Photos are great but sometimes they are confusing unless the plant being showcased is filmed against a contrasting background.  Drawing a picture is helpful, more for the exercise in observation and awareness, but my drawings don’t look anything like the real deal.  I’ve tried pressing the leaves under stacks of encyclopedias but that takes a long time and the leaves are brittle to work with..

What to do?

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Lambsquarter: Chenopodium album

Lambs Quarter Growing in the Gravel

Lambs Quarter Spring Plants in my Flower Garden…YUM!

Lambs Quarter

 

Lambs Quarter tastes better than spinach, both for flavor and nutrition.  It is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, and iron in the world: also a great source of trace minerals, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and fiber. [Read more…]