Duck Boot Garden

Sustainable and Wild Foods advice

December 11, 2018
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Sassafras

Sassafras Sassafras albidum   One of my earliest memories is drinking iced sassafras tea with my grandmother on a hot summer’s day. She made the amber beverage and kept it in mason jars in the refrigerator. I enjoyed the flavor … Continue reading

December 9, 2018
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Eastern Redbud Tree

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis var. canadensis   While traveling one March day in Tennessee between Knoxville and Maryville, I was amazed by the dozens of redbuds in bloom along both sides of Hwy 140. They formed a tunnel of gossamer … Continue reading

March 6, 2018
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Eastern Mayhaw

Eastern Mayhaw Crataegus aestivalis   I was not aware of the mayhaw’s existence until I started working for a nursery in Louisiana about 20 years ago. After a dinner party, a co-worker’s wife gave me my first mason jar of … Continue reading

January 1, 2018
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American Wild Plum

American Wild Plum Prunus americana I ruined many white t-shirts harvesting wild plums when I was a boy. I would roll up the front of my         t-shirt forming a bowl-shaped container like a kangaroo’s pouch to carry the small plums … Continue reading

July 16, 2017
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Juneberry

Juneberry Amelanchier arborea With more than 25 different species and a myriad of common names, these deciduous native small trees or large shrubs of the Rosacea family are spread across most of the United States and Canada. The Allegheny serviceberry … Continue reading

December 4, 2016
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American Persimmon

An American persimmon full of nearly ripe fruit. American Persimmon Diospyros virginiana The American persimmon, Diospyros virginiana, is a slow growing, deciduous tree that ranges from Florida north to Connecticut, west to Iowa, and south to Texas. It is part … Continue reading

October 24, 2016
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Goji Berry

Goji Berry plants in 7-gallon containers on a stack of bulb crates Ripe Goji Berry fruit Goji Berry flowers Goji Berry Lycium barbarum L. var. barbarum Goji berries have come to prominence in the last few years as a superfood … Continue reading

September 19, 2016
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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) I know it’s primarily thought of as a medicinal herb. But, some cultures do eat the leaves and tender shoots as a vegetable. My ashwagandha plant was given to me by a friend who collects unusual plants. … Continue reading