For Christmas, my family and I drove back to Southern California where my grandparents live. While I was there I borrowed (or am taking until they ask for them back) a bunch of plant books that my C.G. (crazy grandma) had on her book shelves collecting dust. Ever since I can remember, she has been ‘crunchy’ as well, so it was no surprise that she had some books that were right up my ally!
I ended up taking a bunch of books that are about plants and wild edibles that you can eat. Even before I started this blog, I took a local class on urban foraging, and have been interested in it ever since. One of the best advice I got from the class was: learn your poisonous plants. It is much easier to learn the very few poisonous plants rather than try and learn all the plants you can eat. That is why I grabbed the “Know Your Poisonous Plants
” by Wilma Roberts James as a reference book. I also grabbed ‘Western edible Wild Plants’ by H.D. Harrington (i wish it had color pictures of the plants, instead it has pencil drawings). “Common Edible and Useful Plants of the West
‘ by Muriel Sweet gives nice little snippets of what you can do with the plants and herbs you find.
One of the most useful books that I came home with is ‘Wild plants you can eat: A guide to identification and preparation
‘ by Karl Knutsen. First it has color pictures and secondly it gives over 75 recipes and how to prepare the wild edibles. Super Awesome!
I also have been wanting to grow my own aloe to use in lotions and for first-aid, so I grabbed the book that would tell me how to take care of the plant and what to do with it.
The last one is a book that I have been drooling over, ‘How to Grow Fresh Air
‘ by Dr. B.C. Wolverton. I just flip through the pages and instantly want each and every plant they talk about. 50 houseplants are rated by their efficiency at removing chemical vapors, ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to insects, and the transpiration rate. We live in Colorado and it can get very dry in the winter and summer months, so we have a little room humidifier. I would love to replace that with a few plants to help with the transpiration of water vapor and help clean the air of chemicals at the same time!
What plants do you have in your house that you have specifically picked to help clean your air? What is you favorite foraging book?