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!
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Purslane gone wild
Purslane with beautiful flowers
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!