A minimal forage garden, and garlic sprouting.

Photo of staghorn sumac and evening primrose in a large pot.
Evening primrose (Oenothera species) rosette on left, staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) on right.

I transplanted a staghorn sumac tree and an evening primrose plant into a large pot today. I guess that is about as small a forage garden as one could create.

What is a forage garden? I use the term to mean any area of wild plants specifically planted and or tended by humans with the purpose of using the plants for food or other household uses. I also use “forage garden” instead of the more popular “forest garden” for reasons that I will have to cover in another post.

This potted forage garden isn’t really permanent, once we own some land the sumac will likely be transplanted into a thicket or woodland edge, while the evening primrose’s descendants will be planted in a more sunny area.

Photo of garlic sprouting.
Heirloom garlic sprouting.

In the realm of more standard gardening, our heirloom garlic started sprouting this week. In the fall we went to a Skill Share Collective garlic planting workshop at the Lancaster Farmacy, and came home with several varieties to plant in our own garden. We are very thankful, and excited to harvest the garlic scapes as well as the bulbs.

Thanks for reading,

Nate

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