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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Woot Woot!

You know you are a farmgirl, when you find wild chicory growing on your very own property!  And you get really excited about it.  He he he!  My kids, and my husband, just think I'm plain nuts.
I need to find out what that red weed is.  I'll have to look in my books and on-line to find out what it is.  I'm just tickled pink to find wild chicory on the property - chemical free.  Woo hoo!  It's only one plant, but one is better than none.  

Now I just need to research how to make the coffee from it.

Oh...he he...that photo was taken today in a garden that had zucchini and melons.  We had so much rain that it killed the zucchini and rotted almost all of the melons.  That garden now looks like a weed patch.


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Wow that is cool. I've heard of chicory. But don't know too much about it.
Homemade coffee sounds like a good idea.

I must do some research.

simplicityinthemaking said...

We call it Chickweed here. I love it too. That makes two nuts! I love the colour. I always wanted a dress made of that colour. Ever tried to pull the Chickweed out the ground? To cut the stems with your bare hands? Hard as heck! Anyway best wishes with the coffee thing. I think about doing that just like the natives....but really I hate why bother?

Candy C. said...

Good thing YOU know what it is, I would be lost! :)

Kim said...

That is neat. I rememeber my grandparents drinking a hot drink made from chickory to replace the morning coffee. Because they said coffee was to expensive!!!

The 3 Foragers said...

I also see some foxtail grass, the seeds are edible, I cook it with polenta for extra crunch. You could pound it with a pestle to grind it smaller. The red weed is maybe related to millet or lamb's quarter? These are wonderful grasslands you live in!

Kristina said...

Yes! That chicory is harder than heck to pull out of the ground. And for the tip on foxtail grass, thank you! I had no idea. That is very good to know.

Fearless Farmgirl said...

The red guy is Amaranth. We have it in our garden here. there are many different varieties but this one looks like the less ornamental one, the seeds are edible!!

Kristina said...

Thank you for all your help!

Kristina said...

Thank you all for your help.