Category Archive for 'permaculture'
Cynara cardunculus, or artichoke thistle, is the wild version of the commerical artichoke. But get this, they taste the same, and have delicious hearts, but they are armored with thistle spikes. Considering eating a whole artichoke down the heart is a slow food and fun ordeal already in our culinary traditions, then why should adding [...]Share on Facebook
Alright, this is not the place to talk about how the standard lawn is a major contributor to ecological devastation worldwide. You probably wouldn’t be reading something called FERAL if you didn’t already know that. I recently came across a front lawn which was made of yarrow (Achillea millefolium). I’m sure it needs no more [...]Share on Facebook
Biochar + Biology + Minerals = miraculous healing of the soil? For instance, soak Biochar in aerated (brewed) compost tea, work it into soil along with mineral clays like Azomite or Terramin. Mycorhizae as well. The combo remediates toxins, adds long lasting carbon to the soil, and replenishes its minerals. Share on Facebook Tweet This [...]Share on Facebook
In the latest episode FeralKevin cooks up a gourmet, slow food, and wild foraged edible. Others call it a weed. It’s the wild artichoke,– a giant, super tenacious plant that grows in the most marginal areas around here. Delicious! You can also subscribe to the podcast (Itunes), Miro, or RSS feeds by visiting http://feralkevin.blip.tv/. Share [...]Share on Facebook
Please go to Ideablob and vote for my idea! Especially if you want me to keep on being Feral and making videos and writing posts! Feraltopia: An Ethnobotanical Park Feraltopia aims to provide a place for foragers to gather and interact with wild plants and mushrooms. It also serves as a primitive campsite in which [...]Share on Facebook
1. This species of Elaeagnus is NOT invasive in my area. “Invasive” meaning in this case, seeds won’t germinate and grow through natural conditions. 2. There are no objective definitions of “invasive” and “native.” Modern ecology tells us that pretty much all ecosystems are recently evolved aggregates. All species invade other places and have their [...]Share on Facebook
The California Bay Laurel is one of my favorite trees. They are beautiful, versatile trees — great for climbing and seeking shelter underneath, whether from sun, wind, or rain. Their flowers smell sweet, the leaves are a great field antiseptic and insect repellent as well as for spicing up your soups and beans. The fruit [...]Share on Facebook