I’ve recently become interested in foraging. It all started when I began reading about herbal salves. Apparently many salves can be made with common “weeds” from our outdoor surroundings. I began to read more about the many plants that were bursting forth in my yard and many other places. It’s like a whole new way of thinking has been opened to me. My main focus is on plantain, chickweed, and dandelion, but I’ve been reading and researching so that I have the ability to search out new plants safely.
Here’s some of my recent pictures from one of my recent forages:
This is chickweed. I have found common chickweed and star chickweed growing side by side right next to the barn on our property.
I picked common chickweed and plantain (both above) to dry for use in making oils for salves.
Here is the dried chickweed (which I then used to make the infused oil)
I use this wagon to collect things when I’m around the house. I have a handful of fresh plantain and the pile on the left was just weeds and treats for the chickens we have.
I thought this was an awesome find! It’s a yellow iris. I looked this up because I didn’t know how it got there (I didn’t think it could grow wild) and found that it is actually considered a wildflower. It “escaped” cultivation and has a special fondness for wet, swampy areas (just like the area it is sitting in).