Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

May 2014 Foraging Experiences

(Forward to: June 2014 Foraging Experiences)

May 5, 2014

Moving to Connecticult to be with my amazing and beautiful girlfriend! New plants! New adventures!

Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)





May 8, 2014

I made several dishes from Japanese Knotweed including soup, steamed and the Japanese Knotweed pickles below. Used a very large amount of peeled Japanese Knotweed (more than pictured below) and added a salt mixture (9 parts sea salt and 1 part nigari (magnesium chloride)) to the pickling container. I also added a bit of sauerkraut juice tohelp the fermentation start (although this may not be necessary).

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) (Previously: Polygonum cuspidatum)



May 12, 2014

I am trying to catalog some of the plants within 200 yards of our new home in Southeastern Connecticut. The web page catalog can be found: here.

Wine Raspberry (Wineberry, Japanese Wineberry) (Rubus phoenicolasius)



May 14, 2014

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)



May 19, 2014

Bedstraw, Scratch (Galium aparine)



Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans)

May 20, 2014



Honeysuckle, Morrow’s (Lonicera Morrowii)

The backs of the leaves and twigs are very hairy compared to Lonicera x bella and Lonicera tatarica.



Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)



May 21, 2014

Violet, Le Conte’s (Sand Violet) (Viola affinis)



Geranium, Spotted (Wild Geranium, Wild Cranesbill, Spotted Cranesbill) (Geranium maculatum)



May 27, 2014

Beech Rose (Rosa rugosa)



Beech Pea (Sea Pea, Beech Vetchling) (Lathyrus japonicus)



May 28, 2014

Iris versicolor (Iris versicolor)



May 30, 2014

Greenbrier, Common (Roundleaf Greenbrier) (Smilax rotundifolia)