I’m bad. But in a good way. When I find an awesome resource I tend to spend hours exploring it instead of going to bed and getting my rest. Last night was a case in point. I (re)discovered a YouTube channel called “eattheweeds” in which host, Green Deane, teaches about things that are growing in his back yard and elsewhere in his vicinity and teaches us how to “itemize” it. He is very knowledgeable, entertaining, obviously a gifted teacher. If the channel had been a book I would have to say it was a page-turner and I couldn’t put the book down. Hence the numerous videos I watched last night.
I had been looking for information and good visuals about the usual suspects that are said to be growing in all our backyards (unless you kill them off with pesticides, yuk). Things like lambsquarters, chickweed, and purslane. I “know” they’re there, I just have not been confident about identifying and then using them. Now I know where to find the information so I can pluck up a suspect, bring it to my computer, look at a video, listen to Deane’s instructions, and decide whether to let the suspect’s remaining relatives live or put up a “not a weed” sign. Of course, if I had a laptop it would be better to take it out to the suspect’s location and identify it there so as not to kill a potentially useful food source…
One of my chief preparedness efforts is to learn everything I can about wild edibles, and I think you should, too. So let me post Deane’s Eat The Weeds YouTube and website links and let you get to it. Happy weed-eating!