Brown Ash: The Courtship

Brown Ash: my holy grail of basket-making materials. Not that it is or isn’t the best material (as if I’m qualified to opine on that point), but it certainly seemed the most daunting. In compiling my list of plants that I would try to learn about through basket-making, I included ash with the mental caveat that it was okay if … Read More

Ramps Done Right

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Ramps, Ramps, Ramps! The elegant two-leafed Wild Leek, or “Ramp” (Allium tricoccum), is a beloved Spring wild edible across this country, and the growing popularity of this delicious plant is a happy sign of the regeneration of our connections to the wild as a society at large. But is this Rampage good for the Ramps? Some say “yes”, some say … Read More

Trout Lily Day!

There is a massive springtime display happening in the woods behind my house, and going into my fourth spring on this land, it hasn’t gotten any less exciting. Patience! The massive springtime display photo comes at the end of the post. This is the foreshadowing. It starts in mid-April with tiny red spears poking up underneath the leaf litter. This is … Read More