Our ancestors were experts at living off the land, and that meant knowing everything about the plants around them – plants that they used for food, medicine and shelter.
Sadly, most people today no longer have those skills, but the author of a new book is trying to help us regain all of this valuable knowledge.
On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at 10 of the most versatile, multi-use plants you can grow – many of which likely are on your property. Our guest is Tammi Hartung, an organic farmer and the author of Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine: The Curious Stories of 43 Amazing North American Native Plants.
All of them can be planted right now, during the fall, and all of them have tons of uses.
Tammi tells us:
- Which forgotten plant provides one of the best anti-viral berries for winter colds.
- Which plant is high in Vitamin C and is so healthy it’s used in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Which easy-to-grow plant is useful for making pillows and blankets.
- Which common tree produces not only food but a strong dye for staining furniture and even clothes.
If you are a homesteader who likes to find multiple uses for plants – or you simply want to know how our ancestors once lived – then this week’s show is for you!