National Preparedness Month Daily Challenge: Day 22

If you missed the previous challenges, you can catch up here:

Today’s Challenge

Today’s challenge is a simple one but one you can learn from. (Some of you already have this covered and with so much detail that I learned a lot from your posts on Day 15.)

Today I want you to learn about your native beneficial plants. The great thing about native plants is that they’ll grow without any real input from you. An example of this would be wild blackberries in California. Most things die in the summer in California but wild blackberry bushes thrive to the point they’re practically an invasive plant. This tells me that you could cultivate some wild blackberries on your land without much difficulty at all, but perhaps in a way that you’d actually be able to get to all the berries instead of in an impenetrable bramble where you can only get to the outer layer.

Some ways to learn about your local plants that could be edible or medicinal:

  • Go to the biggest greenhouse/garden store in the area and browse. (Although it’s fall, and spring might be a better time to learn this stuff at a greenhouse.)
  • Look online for your local plants. Focus on state college websites for this information.
  • Check out some regional foraging books from your local library or get some from Amazon. Be sure to get books that are regional rather than general.

Then think about how you might be able to incorporate some of these in your landscape next year if you have a property where you can plant. This is the easiest form of permaculture because you’re just planting what will grow naturally. Then you’ll have a source of food or natural medicine right on your property with very little effort.

If you are in an apartment, this is still a useful exercise because you can take the information and use it for foraging in parks and public lands.

What grows in your area?

What useful plants grow in your area?

Tell me about what grows easily in your vicinity. (Always be careful not to give too much personal information online.) Here’s where to post in the forum.

Daisy Luther

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Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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