I have gathered wild foods from fields, woods and wetlands since I was a child. I have been doing it for about 47 years now. I have also been gardening for about as long.
When we moved to a new house when I was six years old, my mother put in a large vegetable garden. I was shown how to garden starting at that time. My mother grew up on a farm where her parents lived by growing and selling their vegetable crops.
My interest in wild plants was already growing, and I wanted my own garden for wild plants. I was given a corner of the yard where I could grow what I wanted. Surrounding the new subdivision we moved to were fields, ponds, and forests. I would go out with my wagon and dig up plants and small trees, bring them home and plant them.
I've learned both from successes and failures over the years - what works and what doesn't. I've never used any chemicals in my gardening, so all the methods in this book are what can be considered organic.
For more information on my philosopy of gardening, go to the Home Page under the section "My Overall Gardening Methods & Influences".
This is the garden I grew conventional and wild plant vegetables when I lived in The Cedar Log Cabin in Central Ontario south of Bancroft.
For close to five years I lived in a settler's log cabin in Central Ontario, Canada. There was no running water, and only wood heat. I did buy supplies, but most of the food I ate came from that garden pictured above and foraging in the area around the cabin. It was a tough life, but something I had always wanted to try. Though I had been gardening for many years before - both with conventional and wild plants - the time at the log cabin was like an intensive course. As so often is the case with me, I learned just as much from the failures as the successes. I've written a book about that time called, "The Cedar Log Cabin". During the restoration of the cabin I was able to do something I had wanted to do for years - green woodworking. Go here to see some of my green woodworking projects related to the cabin.
At Aylen Lake just below the South-East corner of Algonquin Park. On the beach with Cornelius. Fall 2006.
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