HERE’S A REPOST of SOME COMMENTS FROM AROUND JUNE 20, 2011, RETRIEVED AND DUSTED OFF IN (DIS)HONOR OF CONTINUALLY RISING FOOD PRICES. THANKS TO REVELER RALPH FOR THE SUGGESTIONS …
Hi all you fellow revelers,
I had a GREAT time on the wild edibles tour
in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on Saturday
with Wildman Steve Brill
(who, btw, prefers to be called, simply, Wildman … when you have a criminal record concerning eating dandelions, who’s gonna call you anything else?). That aside, I also met some great folks and fellow gardeners, including Ralph, who posted this comment
today. I’m still working with the Word Press format and trying to figure out, among other things, how to not have all these great comments
hidden. Until then, I thought I’d excerpt some of it here, including some comments on culinary herbs and an inventive way to stick it da man (and cut your grocery bill by a scallion) …
Ralph ⋅ JUNE 19, 2011 AT 10:10 AM ⋅
…. I restarted gardening a few years back starting with containers and slowly reclaimed about a third of my back yard to plant. The rest is just doing it’s own thing for now. Most of what I’ve been able to use from the yard so far is herbs. Basil, mint, scallions/ bunching onions, sage, catnip
, arugula, parsley, red clover, and oregano which is still too small to use. About all I’ve used them for is to add into salads. Small strawberries which survived outside through the winter go into salads which give a nice little burst of flavor in your mouth.
The scallions I started from seeds last year came back after being outside all winter. The ones inside grew all winter long on a window sill. A few of the outside ones grew flowers this year and I got some seeds from them.A quick way to get a few growing without the seeds is buy a bunch of organic scallions in the store. Pick a bunch with the largest roots still on that look healthy. Cut the tops off so you have the roots and bulb with about an inch or two of stalk to stick out of the soil when you plant them. You can plant them close together since they grow straight up. Within a couple days you will be able to see the growth, and soon after a new shoot will appear. I use the shoots rather than pulling up the whole thing to use the bulbs. I cut the largest shoots off the ones with the most shoots and they just keep growing back. I believe that like onions they help keep bugs away too. For a dollar or so invested you can have fresh scallions for over a year.