reply to post by dominicus
I live on the rural edge of a metro area - within a radius of a few acres to a mile, there are fruit and nut trees growing wild and some from old
orchards; there is plant material in my UNCHEMICALLY TREATED yard that are edibles, too numerous to name....and nutritious as well as medicinally
Years ago I bought books about natural remedies (both recently published and out-of-print 'Folk Medicine' publications) - I have a medical
encyclopedia that is 100 years old and LOADED with natural remedy info.
I also have books on native plants to the region, which are edible, how best to prepare them for use, what nutrients and health benefits they have,
I recommend everyone pick up some of these guides to local flora that you might have right in your backyard.
IN BOOK FORM. Because, when the grid comes down - and some day, it will - REAL BOOKS will be precious indeed.
If I have to live off of mulberries, wild strawberries, dandelions, redbud pods, creeping charlie, walnuts, and dandelions, I will do it. Happily. My
husband knows how to 'hunt' and prepare squirrels and rabbit (though I'd prefer to go vegetarian), and I have stashes of dry beans, rice, water,
and SEEDS. You can collect seeds from market-bought vegetables as well as buying packaged seeds.
Throw your vegetable scraps outside - many of them will grow wild.
Again - DO NOT fertilize or insecticide or use round-up type products in your yard!
It's a waste of water, a toxic liability to plant, animal, and human life, and a waste of fertile ground. Plus, the chemical and carbon
"footprint" of treated, manicured "lawns" are useless in a famine, as well as a waste of water and fuel - water it so it will grow (using precious
water), spray it (so it is poisonous), fertilize it so it will look artificial (with chemicals rendering it inedible and poisoning the creatures that
produce fertile black soil to begin with)....and then fire up the mower and mow it down, only to rake it up and toss it in a landfill??
It's an asinine system, superficial and wasteful. And then when the stores are all empty and there's nothing to eat - you're hosed.
Leave it alone, be grateful that we HAVE soil, trees, natural fruits and vegetables, nuts and wildlife to sustain us...!!
Plus, I'm convinced that poisoning our yards to kill pests only drives them indoors.
Educate yourselves, folks. Don't take for granted that food will always be available via a simple "going to the store".