What should I plant for foraging?
I live in the middle of the United States, where most land has been cultivated almost to death. The small wild spaces that we have are usually being preserved by some entity or other and foraging is not allowed. So I mostly forage in my back yard! I've been very surprised at the number of wild plants I've found there - violet, bee balm, poke, burdock, dandelion, wild lettuce & more. I've also cultivated several kinds of mint, lemon balm, echinacea, yarrow, elderberry, raspberries & several culinary herbs.
Now I have an opportunity to encourage more wild plants. I've talked about the cottonwood tree they almost cut down in my back yard. In the process they opened up a big shady corner to the sun, and they pretty much decimated any grass that was growing out there. I'm hoping this disturbed ground will bring me some new wild plants, and I'm definitely willing to throw out some seeds!
For some reason, plantain and chickweed have never appeared on my property, so I'm hoping to start those. I will definitely try nettles because I love them so much, but I haven't had much luck growing them here so far.
What other wild plants would you "encourage" if you had a newly disturbed space?
Any ideas about how to manage if the grass tries to make a come back in that space? I don't want the grass to choke out the weeds! 😉
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