Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gardening with Nature

Katrina and Mom planting Garry Oak acorns
Today Katrina and I planted a number of excellent wild foods with Mom.  I have been collecting seeds from a number of different species over the last few years and now I finally have a place to plant them.  We planted Giant Camas (Camassia leichtlinii), Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Northern Riceroot (Fritillaria camschatcensis), Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria lanceolata), Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata), and transplanted root cuttings of Salal (Gaultheria shallon).

By planting native plants we not only garden with natural elements, but we also work in collaboration with nature, and so the title "gardening with nature" has a double meaning I quite enjoy.

Sprouted Garry Oak Acorns (Quercus garryana)

The small black seeds of Giant Camas (Camassia leichtlinii)

The roots of Salal (Gaultheria shallon) ready to be planted

Trays of native plants seeds ready to propagate

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1 comment:

  1. Hello, I just stumbled onto your blog. Great!
    Good luck with your newly planted seeds. Ideally, the lilies would have been planted in the fall, that way they would be sprouting right now. This way, they will probably be dormant for a year, to sprout next spring. It will take a few years until the bulbs are big enough to make a meal. I have not eaten camas, but by all accounts of local First Nations it is an acquired taste and they sometimes can cause nausea. But you probably know more about that... Best of luck