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Harvest Medicinal Trees in Your Backyard

toreytorey ModeratorPosts: 3,072 admin

Juliet Blankespoor from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine wrote this article for the Mother Earth News but has re-published it as a blog article for the school.

There is a link to sustainable foraging guidelines at the end of the article.


  • RustBeltCowgirlRustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 952 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks @torey. I have quite a few willows along our ditch.

  • marjstrattonmarjstratton Posts: 390 ✭✭✭

    Keep trying to get hawthorn to grow in my yard. One of my favorite plants. I would also like to grow blue elderberries. Our big old willow became a danger tree and was falling apart. Usually I have gone down to the river to harvest willow.

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 635 ✭✭✭✭

    Magnolia has been used medicinally for thousands of years. They seem to be having a good year.

  • burekcrew86burekcrew86 Posts: 222 ✭✭✭

    Growing two types of elderberry in our yard now. So far they seem to be doing good.

  • JennyT Upstate South CarolinaJennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 10

    This article is so fascinating to me right now. Thank you for sharing @torey!

    There are so many trees, bushes and shrubs at our new house that are all foreign to me. With the property being a little further north, in a different growing zone even, there are things that can be grown there, that at our old house we couldn't have necessarily grown.

    I can't wait to get finished on cleaning, renovations and unpacking so I can spend time exploring our new property and finding out what kinds of trees and things we have that I'll be able to harvest medicine from.😁

  • CorneliusCornelius Posts: 370 ✭✭✭

    I have tried to grow black walnut from seed, but a squirrel always finds them and there has not been a single survivor.

  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Moderator Posts: 3,602 admin

    Well.... I'm not quite ready for the official announcement, but I should be ready to release my new book on medicinal trees by July 1! I'm finishing up the last few pages tomorrow, then edits, proof reading, table of contents. etc. This one had taken a ton of work, way more than I expected and is coming in at around 250 pages. It is meticulously and comprehensively researched. I think it will be a good one!

  • toreytorey Moderator Posts: 3,072 admin

    Congrats, Judson! I know what a tremendous amount of work it is to get from the writing stage to the final published work. Can't wait!!!

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