After a long, cold, snowy winter, spring is finally beginning to take hold here in the Ozarks. A quick walk through woods or meadows reveals rising sap in the trees and swelling buds of flowers and leaves. In the garden, Nature’s slow wakening from the Great Sleep is most evident in the growing carpet of chickweed and henbit along the garden edges and the first leaves of dandelion popping out of the barely-green grass. Many people consider these plants to be pesky weeds, but for wild foragers and herbalists, these “weeds” represent some of nature’s finest edibles and medicinals.
About the Author
- Jill Henderson
Jill Henderson is an artist, author and world traveler with a penchant for wild edible and medicinal plants, medicinal herbs, and nature ecology. She has written three books, including The Healing Power of Kitchen Herbs, A Journey of Seasons and The Garden Seed Saving Guide and is currently a contributing author to Llewellyn’s 2013 and 2014 Herbal Almanac and a regular columnist with ACRES USA magazine. Her work has appeared in several magazines, including Permaculture Activist and The Essential Herbal. Jill also writes and edits Show Me Oz, (showmeoz.wordpress.com) a weekly blog featuring articles on nature, conservation, sustainability, gardening, seed saving, homesteading, alternative health and more. In her spare time, she is a professional artist specializing in custom pet portraits and wildlife art. You can view some of her work at www.foreverpetportraits.wordpress.com
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