Ohio spiderwort is an edible prairie plant, important to pollinators, that can grow in harsh conditions. Minnesota is tough place to live! It's even tougher for plants. Long cold winters are the hallmark of our state, but most people are unaware that the middle strip of Minnesota is a sand plain - characterized by brutal … Continue reading Ohio Spiderwort – Edible, Hardy, and Beautiful
We have been tapping our maple trees for the last 6 years. It can be a lot of work, but it's worth it! 4 pots of sap boiling over the fire You can tap almost any maple tree - in your urban yard, in the middle of a forest, or in your pasture. It doesn't … Continue reading Tapping Maple Trees for Syrup
Native hardy shrub for difficult soils and terrains. Great for pollinators and birds.
Staghorn Sumac and smooth sumac are hiding in plain sight! They are amazing plants for pollinators and overlooked by almost everyone! Smooth Sumac and Staghorn Sumac are common "roadside" plants in North America. They are pioneer plants and quickly spread by rhizomes to colonize erosion prone areas. They are unique looking shrubs, grow without maintenance, … Continue reading Staghorn Sumac – A blessing to bees and humans
Black Walnuts may be growing nearby! They are native, edible, and important to wildlife. Black walnuts are native to the United States and grow in almost every climate/soil type. They produce edible nuts that drop in the fall. The exact time is a matter of weather. Last year, they fell in October. This year, the … Continue reading Black Walnut trees – gathering, cracking and eating!