A guide to help you all start to grow your own food and learn how to survive living off grid
Winter & Planting vegetable:
What can you do in winter? Plant your veggies in soil that is nourished with animal manure and compost, rake it in so that the soil is just right for planting. What to plant?
Spinach, Brussel sprouts, broccoli broad beans and kale are the green veggies. Then beetroot, potatoes and carrots are the wonderful root veggies and then of course the leeks, onions and spring onions. Enjoy your veggies straight from the garden with no pesticides, herbicides or nasties. Ducks are of course, one of the very best creatures for eating all the bugs off your veggies without disturbing them.
And on another issue, those “weeds” called dandelions are wonderful plant medicines. The whole plant can be used. Dandelion greens are very nutritious and best eaten raw or cooked in the spring before the flowers appear and they become bitter. Blanching them in water helps relieve the bitterness. Sauté the leaves in olive oil or add them to any stir fry. The leaves can be dried and used as tea. The roots are best harvested in late autumn to early spring. The flavour is mild so feel free to season them as you like. Or dry the roots, and roast to taste like coffee or chop up and use as tea. Dandelions have lots of Vitamins A, C and K and iron, calcium and magnesium. It also has soluble fibre in it which is excellent for the gut. It is great for the liver and improves insulin sensitivity. So next time you think of it as a weed pull it up and eat it, after washing off the soil.
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