This week the boys and I hiked a Nashville property with friends while the owner showed us what is edible right under our feet. We’ve come to learn what chickweed is after repeat exposure, whoo hoo! Thanks to another mother, we have tasted the sweet ends of the tiny blooms of a little flower we don’t know the name of, but will soon learn. We’ve ordered the edible plant guide below to learn more about what’s available to us right in our own yard. (Page to bottom of the post for book image.)

Here we are back a home, lead the way boys…

DSC_6176They just dove right in. My little guy is a silly fella and started at that chickweed like a wild animal.DSC_6192DSC_6190So big brother went for it too.DSC_6191518DCPxGHTL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_I do not have advertisers or make any money if you purchase this book. It was recommended honestly from our weed walk mothers.


4 thoughts on “Learning to Graze on Our Own Ground, Literally.

  1. NICE!! You guys have lots to graze on … I see chickweed, dead nettle, onion grass, plantain, and violets all in the corner of one picture! Smoragasbord 🙂

  2. You are right. We are chickweed junkies now. I just saw a chickweed salve I’m going to have to attempt, we do have enough. And, dead nettle, that must be the one with the sweet blossoms.

  3. Are you making an infused oil with the chickweed in order to make the salve, or do you have some secret magical recipe that I need to know about? We have a row of jars full of herbs infusing in olive oil…plantain, chickweed, dandelion, and lavender. Talk about a lesson in patience…we have to wait 4-6 weeks before we can use the oil to make the balms/salves…its killing me.

    • I have a great book called Growing 101 Herbs that Heal. To make the ointment, we infused our flowers for 10 days (per the book recipe) in olive oil then melted beeswax and combined the two. It’s been great and smells great. I’m sure more time would be better, but we were happy with the 10 days. I’m thinking about starting to infuse more now so I have it ready come next round. The Calendula has been used up quite quickly for cuts, scrapes, and burns.

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