The first garden in 2009 was a disaster of weeds and clay. Thanks to the internet and the many gardening books my research lead me to raised bed gardening and it's been a joy since. My family growing up always had a garden so when I married and moved to this home it was the natural thing to do. It's become a place of healing and better therapy then I ever imagined. It's constantly evolving and spreading and may soon include more of the front yard. Watch out neighbors!
This plant is trying to crowd out most of the succulents so I cut half of it off the plant and thought well looks like a good time to eat some purslane. A couple times I thought surely all the varieties are edible right? That was 2 weeks ago and no ill effects so should be ok. I added some to a Butternut squash soup when it called for peas I didn't have. I also made a purslane pesto. Yum.
I had no idea it was edible til it came in a CSA order. I thought wow this looks a lot like a weed in my garden. Funny thing, I then tried to save the purslane that sprouted up but transplant it all to one corner. Didn't live after transplant. How can a weed/plant so able to live in a crack in sidewalk fail when I moved it? Too good of soil I guess. Because it sure thrived in the rock garden.
From another blog I found this on purslane that was quite reassuring:
"I have made
a satisfactory dinner off a dish of purslane which I gathered and boiled. Yet
men have come to such a pass that they frequently starve, not from want of
necessaries, but for want of luxuries."
IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Thoreau it's good enough for me!