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					Home                                                                                                        trees and shrubs are suitable for use in
                                                                                                            bonsai; those with small leaves or nee-
                                                                                                            dles are most effective.
Grown Kids                                                                                                       Fungi are fun to observe when fruit-
                                                                                                            ing as either mushrooms or molds, most
                                                                                                            often after rain. Eating wild fungi is
Helping children cultivate                                                                                  something to be careful with, but it is
                                                                                                            easy to grow your own with a mushroom
a love of gardening                                                                                         mini-farm or box. If you have a commer-
                                                                                                            cial mushroom farm nearby, often a
                                                                                                            cheap bag or load of mushroom compost,




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                                                                                                            well positioned, will continue to supply
by Belinda Moore                                                                                            feasts of mushrooms for many weeks at
                                                                                                            minimal cost and effort.
                                                                                                                 Wild foods and “bush tucker” (what
                          Amazing Plants                                                                    we here in Australia call wild, native
                                                                                                            food plants) are some of my family’s fa-

P   lants are amazing. They are the foun-
    dation for all life on Earth. Within
the realm of plants there are some which
                                               They are fun to display, tolerate some ne-
                                               glect and can be obtained from most
                                               nurseries and markets. Often, they pro-
                                                                                                            vorite snacks. They are the ultimate in
                                                                                                            spray-free, packaging-free local food. In
                                                                                                            the rainforest near our house, our chil-
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Description: Wild foods and "bush tucker" (what we here in Australia call wild, native food plants) are some of my family's favorite snacks. They are the ultimate in spray-free, packaging-free local food. In the rainforest near our house, our children have identified numerous fruiting trees and vines. Foraging for food can be enjoyable and is good for you. It's an educational, fresh-air activity that links you to the changing seasons. Supplement your diet and enjoy the savings and the flavor, but please source a good field guide or other means of identification before you do the taste test.When considering fruit trees, we often only think about those whose fruits we see in the supermarket. But there is an amazing array of fruiting trees, brambles and vines which are suitable for family gardens, school yards, community plots and park areas. They're often more prolific than the standard varieties, as well as hardier and less expensive. In many areas there are rare fruit growers groups to consult as to what is suitable to your locale. Otherwise, nurseries and garden catalogs are offering an increasing number of less-common fruiting plants.Pineapples are the fruit of one variety of the bromeliaed family. Most bromeliaeds are generally weird and wonderful to look at, but one that produces such a large, sweet fruit is very special. Fruiting can take up to two years, depending on your climate. To grow our pineapples, we simply plant the pineapple tops from those we buy at the market to eat. Once they've fruited, many plants will produce another, smaller pineapple the following year. The top of the harvested pineapple is planted out to produce another pineapple in time, and so the cycle continues.
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