Nurturing Your Inner Garden - Roxana Roshon, Naturotherapist, Ph.D.

Welcome to Our Edible Yard: Videos on YouTube

Posted March 2, 2024

May the following videos stimulate your desire to learn more about wild edibles and permaculture:

1. Wild Spring Edibles: Nutrition at your fingertips – In early May in Southern Ontario, I venture out to harvest wild spring edibles. We have applied the principles of permaculture to our yard so all living things have an ecological function. I started wild-crafting as a child and love eating as local and fresh as possible. Dandelions, garlic mustard, wild violets, fiddleheads, and plantain are all part of the collection of wild edibles that we grow and harvest.

2. Dandelion Delights: Wishes and Kisses – I’ve been eating dandelions (Taraxacum officinale L.) since I was a child. My mother and grandparents regularly made a wilted salad with the early greens. In Southern Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New York, the dandelions pop up in March, April, and May. The young leaves are tender and tasty added to salads. As the season progresses, the older leaves become bitter and are better steamed or cooked. These bitter greens are highly nutritious and beneficial to our bodies. I am a grazer and often nibble on the leaves and flowers. Add to any dish in which you would use… [Read more…]  

3. Garlic Mustard Goodness – Garlic mustard (Allaria petiolata) was introduced to North America by Europeans in the early 1800s. This edible herb pops up in many disturbed areas in the early spring. And as its name suggests, it tastes like a combination of mustard and garlic so I hope you like these flavors. Enjoy nibbling on this wild edible, add small amounts to salads, plus steam it or add it to your favorite pesto or stir-fry recipe. This nutritious herb contains vitamins A, B, C, E, plus potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, copper, iron, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids. Garlic mustard is most tasty in March, April, and May in most locations.

4. Horsetail Happiness – Spring is here. Common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is growing in many wild places. This species is native to the northern hemisphere. Equisetum reproduces through spores. I harvest the vegetative stems to consume as a tea all year round. The plant contains potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus, plus vitamins A, E, and C. This plant is also rich in silica so great in bathwater for your skin. 

Sustainably harvest some on your next hike and add this beneficial herb to your tea cupboard.

 5. Awesome Asparagus – Yum! Isn’t fresh asparagus the best? Imagine eating it right from your garden patch. Join me as we explore this garden perennial (Asparagus officinalis). In addition to being easy to grow and delicious, asparagus is a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C and K.

6. Wriggly Worthy Worms – This was a delightful video to create in our backyard. I loved every moment of playing with the worms in our compost piles and garden.
Globally, there are over 6000 species of worms. Lumbricus terrestris is the common earthworm that is driven out of the soil after a hard rainfall. Eisenia fetida, or the red wiggler, is commonly found in backyard compost piles. Both species were originally native to Europe and now have a global distribution. 
I first connected energetically to the earthworm when… [Read more…]

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