|Flowers of thyme, rosemary, miners lettuce, kale, lavender, calendula and wild brassica|
Without a doubt, the more time you spend with nature, the better the rewards.
Forest gardening is opening my eyes to a world of edible wonder I never knew could exist in my own backyard, and with not much help from me.
Plants in the past I've tossed aside as woeful weeds or weird looking things, now, they excite me.
Most people will have been cursing over their weeds as they go into flower, or slowly creep up to the stalks of their beloved conventional vegetables. For me, I'm letting go. I'm learning slowly to wait before pulling them at the roots to see what happens. Firstly, I check my stash of books to find out what those devilish plants may be, and what improvements they could be making to my soil, insects, wildlife or plants around them. Then, most importantly, I see if they're edible. And often it seems they are.
Gone are the days of relying on tomato and lettuce. My old gardening ways seem so barren now. Last night we dined on cleavers and stinging nettle. And tonight to my delight I picked a 100% edible flower salad, made up of all sorts of wonderfully nutritious, simply beautiful, things.