Slim February Pick'ns

by Judy Peck
(Reno, NV)

Rose of Sharon, artichokes, corn salad, yarrow, onions, strawberries in back bed and in the front bed Rhubarb, saladburnet, Egyption Onions, corn salad and asperagus

Rose of Sharon, artichokes, corn salad, yarrow, onions, strawberries in back bed and in the front bed Rhubarb, saladburnet, Egyption Onions, corn salad and asperagus

Rose of Sharon, artichokes, corn salad, yarrow, onions, strawberries in back bed and in the front bed Rhubarb, saladburnet, Egyption Onions, corn salad and asperagus
Sorrel, Yarrow, Rhubarb, Burnet, Corn Salad
Rose of Sharon, Strawberries, Chives, Corn Salad, Yarrow

I live in a west coast zone 5...and next to nothing is growing right this moment. Many of my plants have multi purposes... Edible, medicinal as well as for cut flowers or to stimulate insect pollination.


What you see here are the chives, strawberries and asparagus (under the swimming pools what will hold our sweet potato slips in the spring), artichokes, currants, Purslane, yarrow (the dried flowers and leaves are medicinal for CHF and Strokes), Rose of Sharron (13 of them forming an ‘l’ shaped hedge when full grown), muscari, salad burnet & corn salad (these two and 6 others from different areas in the yard are providing salads for us right now and through out the rest of the winter) , 3 yr old rhubarb and our 9 recently planted baby Egyptian walking onions.

Last year I bought three Purple Collard trees... unfortunately... they could not tolerate temps down to -20F... will not try them again... the best news is that our sunchokes grew like crazy, the same with the strawberries, chives, asparagus and the rhubarbs... We have the lovage seeds, red & gold raspberries and earth almonds that we and will start this spring... and we added 2 little linden trees for the delicious romaine flavored leaves and the chocolate pudding that the fruit and flower mixed together will provide when they begin to bloom...

And just so we do not grow hungry we also have purslane, currants, grapes,  plantain, yacon, artichokes, cordoons, walking onions, garlic, day lilies, yarrow,   Hyssop,  red sorrel, sea kale, salad brunet, Elecampane inulin, dandelions (on purpose, lol) Chicory, bee balm, lemon balm, salsify, maximums sunflowers, Kenilworth ivy, hyssop, roach, day lilies, mint, chickweed, marigolds, holly hocks, rose of Sharon's, sever flavors of mints, amaranth, thyme, sage, pomegranate, figs, cherries, gooseberries, patience dock, new Zealand spinach, scarlet runner beans, Johnny jump ups, alliums,Poppies California & Wild Lettuce... I think that's it so far.... when the SHTF... the known plants may be gleaned by thugs but they will have no idea that 99% of this stuff is really edible in one way or another... Those that are not perennials (3-4) are prolific at reseeding and are easy to curtail. To top it off... we live in a tiny mobile home space... so planting can get creative....

I think all I need now are some climbing roses for the hips, some hardy kiwi and some summer annual salad veggies and I will be done... and those annuals must be from non gmo heirloom seeds... so I can reharvest the seeds... But for now as my title states... We have slim February pick’ns...


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