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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:34 am 
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Hi a lovely guy I know has a book coming out in a few weeks about edible weeds (and if you are in Victoria also does 'weed walks'). It looks fantastic and I have just pre-ordered my copy (due for release in a few weeks).

http://www.eatthatweed.com/edible-weeds-book/

Even if you don't eat weeds yourself (stinging nettle soup is delicious!) it will be of great use for those of us learning about how to id weeds for our chookas :)

Oops have posted this in Gardening and Cooking with Poultry but perhaps better in with books and publications?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:38 am 
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And here is a weed post I made in July when I needed some help ID-ing some weeds.

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The girls LOVE the sow thistle which is good as there is so much of it in the laneway behind our house right now :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:47 pm 
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Thanks for bumping this post, Domestica. I have just ordered the book. :thumbs:

I regularly pick thistle for the chooks from along the Warburton Trail when I walk the dogs. There are a lot more weeds that I would like to know something about, hoping that I will be able to increase the pickings in the near future.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:18 pm 
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Both the book & the walk look of great interest to me. :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:09 am 
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They do love Sow Thistle but be aware that in drought conditions when the plant is heat stressed (alive but looking limp - you probably wouldn't normally pick it if it looked like this) the chemical composition within changes and becomes highly toxic, causing siezures and death within minutes of consumption.

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I always get unnerved by the idea of eating something that stings ... :)


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The topic is relevant to both areas, but I will move it to the library!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:02 pm 
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Thanks Nelly for popping this post into the right place :)

And a big thank you too to Dr Danny for the advice re the sow thistle-much appreciated.

Is anyone in Melbourne interested in the weed walk on Oct 28 or Nov 4th?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:39 pm 
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DannyB wrote:
They do love Sow Thistle but be aware that in drought conditions when the plant is heat stressed (alive but looking limp - you probably wouldn't normally pick it if it looked like this) the chemical composition within changes and becomes highly toxic, causing siezures and death within minutes of consumption.


Now that is important to know - thank you.

How did you know that? Was it a book? I hope all the weed books tell you things like this!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:08 pm 
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Just got my book in the mail this week and it's an excellent little book!-great photos and am much more confidant now when picking for the girls :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:35 pm 
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Yep me too and am totally thrilled! Yes Domestica I am considering booking in for a weed walk with him I think too! Perhaps Nov 4th.

I walked home through the local park tonight and walked VERY SLOWLY past the weeds considering just how weird might I look in my work attire, bending and picking weeds, to other workers commuting home??

Had I not been in work attire though - well that would have been different.

Somehow - and I am not really sure why - to forage weeds I feel overalls and a peaked cap have to be involved...or at least gum boots?? :rofl:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:00 pm 
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Oooh ok I might go the 4th too then so we can say hello in real life and talk weeds and chooks. Perhaps Winglet might like to come too? :thumbs:

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I walked home through the local park tonight and walked VERY SLOWLY past the weeds considering just how weird might I look in my work attire, bending and picking weeds, to other workers commuting home??


:rofl: I don't get around in work attire much but most days can be found walking through the streets of inner Melbourne with massive handfuls of weeds! On organised days I'll have a plastic bag, but mostly I forget. You do get strange look-especially when picking them...but I don't care and just smile at whoever is wondering what the hell I'm doing.

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Domestica wrote:
Oooh ok I might go the 4th too then so we can say hello in real life and talk weeds and chooks. Perhaps Winglet might like to come too? :thumbs:



Sounds like fun! :thumbs:


A question to those who mentioned that council's spray weeds....does anyone know if the dye they are sprayed with is green ?

I did grab some weeds last night and found my hand smeared in a green residue that was very hard to wash off. Needless to say I did not feed those weeds to anyone - chook or human as I want to be sure it is plant sap rather than something nasty.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:32 pm 
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TookTook wrote:
Domestica wrote:
Oooh ok I might go the 4th too then so we can say hello in real life and talk weeds and chooks. Perhaps Winglet might like to come too? :thumbs:



Sounds like fun! :thumbs:


A question to those who mentioned that council's spray weeds....does anyone know if the dye they are sprayed with is green ?

I did grab some weeds last night and found my hand smeared in a green residue that was very hard to wash off. Needless to say I did not feed those weeds to anyone - chook or human as I want to be sure it is plant sap rather than something nasty.


I'd check with the council for that particular area. I recall Ron mentioning a while back that the spray councils use for roadside weedkill is generally purple.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:35 pm 
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Is it sad that my bedside reading is this book? It's so good! I can now identify soooo many more weeds :bounce:

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