Duck Boot Garden

Sustainable and Wild Foods advice

December 7, 2019
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American Beech

American Beech Fagus grandifolia   The beech tree is of such great significance to humankind that the etymological derivation of two common English words “to eat” and “book” are inexorably connected to it. Beech leaves and beechnuts (mast) were an … Continue reading

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