weeds: guardians of the soil by Joseph A. Cocannouer
The first slippery jacks of the year are up – but it’s been quite dry so the season may not be brilliant. No saffies (saffron milkcaps) yet 😦 Still we had a nice picnic scouting for mushrooms for next saturday’s meeting, although it would have been better without the wasps TIP: do not bring sausages for a sizzle at this time of year . They left our mushrooms alone though! Apparently they are hunting meat for their young right now. Earlier in the year they are after fruit. Shucks – all out of step with the firebans!
The Oberon visitor’s center in NSW still publishes a guide to these mushrooms http://www.oberonaustralia.com.au/visitor-information/things-to-see-do/mushroom-picking/
and while on the subject of NSW mushroom foragers – the same day Bella and her Youth food movement crew hauled a bumper crop of saffies for the Guerilla Dinner from what is obviously a far better managed resource than the cut and burn approach of Forestry Tas (although unfortunately Belangalo State Forest is also famous for backpacker murders which really puts a damper on the whole idea of tromping about the woods doesn’t it?) http://www.youthfoodmovement.org.au/foraging-for-the-fruits-of-nsw/
In early may 4 – 5th there will be a fungi workshop in the Tarkine with the mycology boffins focusing on native species getting their research in before more tasmanian destruction of forest 😦
A big thank you to Allan and Colleen for hosting a blockbuster end to the Astrotas calendar. Welcomed some new members and Nilah had the good sense to add a singalong to round it off.
Thanks also to Trevor for taking the photos which we will use to create an ebook for our member’s reference at some stage as well as decorate this website. In the meantime I will point you to an excellent article on one of the weeds identified and discussed by Allan our december astrotas wild food walk – Ribwort, plantain – growing worldwide Use for cuts, bruises, scrapes and stings , it’s even safe for cats topically applied – temporarily stains skin/fur a tea colour. I got stung by a jackjumper on the toe over xmas and the kitteh got another rash so I had a chance to test this. Messy but effective, cheap and available when the vet /chemist/doctor is shut! After I made the poultice wrapped with a little gladwrap – for the cat’s rash i bandaged over the wrap with a gauze as well then removed when the sting has subsided or it’s dried too much about 30 mins .
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What a fun and informative talk and walk that was with Philip Nicholas. We had so many people there that day it was standing room only so we have also got Philip a book voucher from the Window on the World book lounge as a thank you. We enjoyed his easy peasy vegetable and wild […]