The Money Tree…a plant with many names


Portulacaria afra is a plant found in many gardens. It’s hard to kill and asks so little that we take it for granted as an ornamental. It goes by many names in many places, often named the same as other plants, so it gets a bit mixed. I’ve heard it called ‘Money tree’, ‘Fortune plant’…

Creeping Woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata) 


Oxalis corniculata, or Creeping Woodsorrel is a common plant in pots over here. It seems to prefer making itself at home in potting mix at our place.  A lot of folks don’t like it because ‘it’s a weed! ‘ but it’s not to me, it’s a tasty snack. It’s an Oxalis, so contains Oxalic Acid…

I’m talking again!


I’m having a little talk at the Australian Plant Society Autumn Plant Sale on Sun 22 April at 1pm. It’ll be at Stirling Angas Hall, Adelaide Showgrounds (enter off Rose Tce). I’ll be doing my usual carry on about foraging for local bushfoods, edible weeds and wild herbs, so come along, buy some plants, listen to some interesting…

A little relief


There’s so many folks I run into lately who are suffering from constant pain. Most of them are on some heavy duty pharmaceuticals and don’t like it. I decided to jump the gun a little today and make up some Wild Lettuce (or Prickly Lettuce) – Lactuca serriola tincture for them. Actually, I’m not allowed…

Lots of fun today!


Your’s truly made a bit of a carry on about edible and medicinal weeds today at the Gawler Sustainable Living Festival this morning. All the plants I spoke about were harvested from the roadside in between our house and the fair. I wanted to let folks know that this stuff is really out there at…

Mal’s at the Sustainable Living Festival


Well, it looks like I’ll be at the Sustainable Living Festival at Pioneer Park in Gawler at about 10.30. It’ll be an early rise for me on a Sunday, but I promise to eat a healthy brekky and be there on time. What an I doing there? I’ll be rabbiting on about edible weeds and…

Food Underfoot…or ‘why looking down is good for you’


  On Sunday, I took my first local weed walk, I called it ‘Food Underfoot‘. I’ve done a few walks further away from Gawler, but thought that we need to make a name for our town. I decided to host it in Henry Chenoweth Park which now has the dubious honour of having the most…

Goosefoot is the new Spinach


​Here’s something interesting… We ignore this plant, Goosefoot (Chenopodium album) yet it contains more goodies than its relative, Spinach. I dug up a ‘weed’ from the footpath and planted it in the middle of this bed. Around it I planted more traditional vegetables and herbs, then neglected the bed, giving only a sprinkling on the…

Another edible addition to next year’s garden


Today’s Blackberry Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) harvest…336 juicy grams!  That’s what’s left after some were squashed, some eaten, some dropped, some eaten…You get the picture. We have almost as many on the bush but they’re still green (i.e a bit toxic).  Now that we’ve decided to grow it as a fruit and I’ve watched it through…

Purslane   (Portulaca oleracea)


At this time of year, Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is growing just about everywhere, with no input from us. It’s highly nutritious and has a very high level of Omega- 3 fatty acids. Purslane has been used as a salad vegetable around the world and does well as a green veggie in other dishes. In the…