Foraging Black Locust Flowers

Foraging Black Locust Flowers

Tasty and nutritious, black locust flowers are only in bloom for about two weeks each spring. Here’s how to identify and harvest them, plus ideas for using! Black locust trees (Robinia pseudoacacia), also called false acacia, are native to southeastern United States, but have spread throughout North America and the rest of the world. You’ll…

Black Locust Flower Jelly

Black Locust Flower Jelly

Learn how to turn edible black locust flowers into this delicious jelly that reminds us of the taste of peach! Preparation Flower jellies are fairly straightforward to make. First, you make an infusion, or tea, of the chosen flower and hot water, then cook that flower tea with sugar, lemon juice, and pectin to create…

How to Grow Asparagus from Seed

How to Grow Asparagus from Seed

Learn how to grow, harvest, and store homegrown asparagus from seed! Growing Details for Asparagus: Plant: Perennial Vegetable (Asparagus officinalis) Color: Green Time to Harvest: 3-4 years from seed-started plant. Frost-Hardy: Yes Lifespan: Perennial plant may live for up to 20+ years with proper care, but spear size and yield decreases after ~15 years. When…

Violet Jelly Recipe

Violet Jelly Recipe

Learn how to turn violet flowers from your backyard into a delicious homemade jelly that tastes like grape! Picking Violets Violets are often found in gardens and around the edges of houses, forming gorgeous huge patches when left unchecked. Below is a photo of a small part of the large patch growing happily all along…

Foraging & Using Chickweed

Foraging & Using Chickweed

Learn how to identify and use chickweed – a common backyard weed that’s nutritious and delicious, and can also be turned into salves for itchy skin, and more! Where & When to Look for Chickweed While common chickweed (Stellaria media) isn’t a native plant, it has naturalized and spread all over North America, and is…

How to Make Dandelion Jelly

How to Make Dandelion Jelly

Learn how to make this easy and delicious jelly using common dandelions growing in your backyard! This recipe uses low sugar needed pectin, to reduce the overall amount of sugar needed, compared to traditional recipes. Picking Dandelions To make dandelion jelly, you’ll first need to pick yourself some dandelions! For a full recipe, you’ll want…