Yard Larder: Chamomile


Chamomile is a lovely smelling and looking flower whose primary use is for a nice, calming herbal tea.  I was given the gift of chamomile jelly once.  I was a tad skeptical, but the first taste made me a convert.  This light aromatic substance is a small piece of heaven. It is delicious.  I can… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Rhubarb


Because of its perennial status, rhubarb can easily be categorized in the Yard Larder category.  It’s sour when eaten raw, but I do know folks who are perfectly content with a stalk of rhubarb and a shaker of salt.  I’ve done that myself; not bad, but not my favorite use of rhubarb.  Personally, I think… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Wild Strawberries


I have a yard that is less a lawn and more a home for wild growing things.  One of my faves among those things is Wild Strawberries.  This tiny version of the popular fruit packs  a lot more flavor per berry than its larger counterpart. Their season is short — three to four weeks starting… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Pineapple Weed


I have oceans of this stuff in my front yard.  It doesn’t get very tall — never more than 5″, say — has a sweet little flower, and it smells wonderful when crushed underfoot…the scent is reminiscent of pineapple. If it had no other value (but it does), just the scent would make this plant… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Sheep Sorrel


When I first moved into my house, I noticed this weed running rampant. I pulled up some…it’s a root propagator, “some” is a relative term…and brought it to my local greenhouse for i.d.  The i.d. was followed up with advice on how to manage this weed.  Since the management tool was chemical, I did a… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Dandelion Flower


Where I live, in rural Maine, the dandelion is not viewed as a yard intruder.  We don’t mind wildflowers popping up in our yards.  I shouldn’t speak for everyone, I guess, but I certainly don’t mind. I think they’re pretty, and thanks to a friend, see the flowers as a tasty appetizer, too. Eat dandelion… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Wild Blueberries


These little gems are rock stars in the yard larder!  They flourish every two years, and in my neck o’ the woods, this is the “on”  year.  I’ve done a preliminary check on my local sources, and I can’t wait ’til the end of July, when they’ll be ready to pick!  Smaller than their high-bush… [Continue Reading]

Yard Larder: Dandelion Greens


Many people have a love/hate relationship with dandelions. Some of us consider them wildflowers; others, a weed.  I’m in the former category.  I like to look at them…and I like to eat them! As far as  nutrition is concerned, dandelion greens rate pretty high with respectable daily percentage values of iron and calcium, and off-the-chart… [Continue Reading]