Wild About Wednesday: Henbit is Blooming in OK!

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If you’ve never tried henbit, this is the month to start.  March is the beginning of Henbit season this year in Oklahoma and the crop is looking lovely this year.  Dead Nettles will be following soon after, and make just as lovely a potherb.

Though they look similar if you only consider the flowers, dead nettle has a distinctly different leaf pattern than henbit.  Dead nettle has pointed leaves that come away from the squared stems, and henbit has scalloped leaves that clasp the stem all the way around.

I have also spotted the wild onions making a break for the spring growth cycle.  The pot that I put my bulblets in last year is full of brand new plants.

Early Buds 2To make life even better this spring, the trees have decided to put on an early show for us.  While some of the ones in town are in full bloom already, these were just swelling.  Getting ready for Oklahoma’s grandest show.  I can’t wait for the show!

If you’re ready for wildcrafting recipes and gifts from these golden woods, stick around.  Next Month starts off wildcrafting in full swing.  I’ll be joining Oklahoma heritage wildcrafter Jackie Dill to learn even more about the wild foods and medicinals that will soon be filling the fields and woods with a bounty most will simply overlook.

I’ll look forward to seeing you then!

Yours ever~

D

February!

Okay, I’m probably not the only one in the area, but I am getting really hyped about spring.  I know what the groundhog said, but February is when the garden thinking starts in earnest around my house.

We have tons of seed we saved from last year, and I’m looking forward to a cool season garden come March.  That said, hubby and I are still debating what, if anything we’ll be able to plant and keep up with this summer.  I’ll have school and he’s got work.  Then there’s the writing, cooking, housework, exercise (though I must believe that gardening and housework count as exercise), and errands to do.

Gardening takes lots of care and time, and even though we did pretty good last year, our garden still didn’t get all the attention it needed, and I had last summer off from school.  We’ll see.  I have to plant something, I think, or I’ll go stir crazy.

As for our membership last year in our local CSA farm, it was awesome!  I still have jars of tomatoes that will take us well into tomato season this year.  We’ve also still got tons of apple jelly and pickles left to carry us through.

So the wind is blowing, there’s still white stuff in the forecast, but spring is so close I can taste it,  and I can’t wait to get out there and catch the world coming to life.  There’s nothing like springtime in Oklahoma’s Green Country.

 

Off to Osage County!

Well, Bags are packed, and First thing in the morning, I leave for Osage County, off to wildlife adventure!  You’ll be able to read all about it soon, in the Green Country Guardian, when the premier online issue comes out in September.  I’m very excited to get to help out with a project I feel has so much potential to help bring together green country’s eco-community.  I can’t wait to see what all is inside!  There are a few of us who have tried something like this before, but these guys are really pulling hard to get this one off the ground.

I look forward to lots of great wildlife and scenic shots of some of Green Country’s beautiful borderlands, and lots of inspiration for writing.  See y’all soon!