Strawberry Plant Facts and Identification

Strawberries are in full fruit production in their second year.

Strawberry Strawberry – Fragaria Virginiana Common Names: Woodland strawberry; California strawberry, Virginia Strawberry General The first time I came across strawberries in the wild, and knew it, I was 18 years old hiking with a friend in the coastal mountains of Oregon. He was the one that identified them. It was one of those times […]

Plantain – Plantago

Plantain: The Miracle Plant You Can Find in Your Yard

Plantain Common names: ribwort plantain, English plantain, buckhorn plantain, narrowleaf plantain, ribleaf and lamb’s tongue, dooryard plantain, common plantain, Englishman’s foot, White Man’s Foot It is just one of those damned weeds that you fight with every year – that is of course if you care about your lawn. Plantain, a perennial, is a very […]

Jerusalem artichoke – Helianthus Tuberosus

Jerusalem artichoke Common Names: sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, Canadian potato, sunflower root, wild sunflower Driving around in upstate New York in late summer you can spot Jerusalem artichoke growing just off the road. Take a walk near old farms and just off the path you can spot small plots of these native plants […]

Staghorn Sumac – Rhus Typhina

staghorn sumac

Staghorn Sumac Driving around during September in New York you will eventually come across a group of small trees growing in dense stands. The leaves will be a deep red and large conical red hairy fruits called drupes may be at the end of branches. This is the common Staghorn Sumac which is a deciduous […]

Blackberry Trifle Recipe

Blackberry Trifle Recipe Ingredients 12 ladyfingers or ginger bread 4 cups fresh blackberries 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup flour 1/3 cup orange juice 3 tablespoons brandy extract 6 almond macaroons, crushed 8 cups vanilla pudding 4 cups whipped topping 1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds Instructions To make blackberry trifle, mix flour and sugar, combine the […]

Blackberry Tart Recipe

Blackberry Tart Recipe Ingredients Pastry: 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup flour 1/4 cup sour cream Filling: 8 oz. cream cheese 1/2-3/4 cup sugar 1 t. vanilla 1/2 cup sour cream Topping: 4 cups blackberries Glaze: 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice Instructions To make the blackberry tart: For […]