#food economy: fresh from the backyard

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Picture by Renee Lindstrom

Pictured here is home-made sauerkraut and dressing on edible weeds and flowers with sausage.  Expense:  Sausages, cabbage and dressing ingredients over meals.

Imagine taking over your own yard upkeep and developing a relationships with what nature grows.  It is not only an interesting learning experience, it’s rewarding and healthy too!  One of the biggest gifts experienced immediately is the taste.  The greens have a much more substantial flavour than anything one can get from the grocer.  Instead of eating large amounts of dressing to make up for lack of taste in the greens, a variety of different greens fresh from the backyard provide a variety of flavours.

Besides saving money the benefits are: saving time, no storage needed, and for me the biggest bonus is the nutrient content.  When it grows in the backyard it’s on natures time.  The time from being picked and eaten is minutes which means no lose of nutrition through travel of handling.  No one else has touched it!

Ingredients in this salad:


  • Dandelion – promotes bile secretion and supports the liver
  • Yellow Dock
  • Herb Robert – has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory and immunogenic properties as well as a good source of nutrients
  • Mint
  • While Onion/chives
  • Plantain – leaves have astringent, diuretic and expectorant properties
  • Oxalis – lemon flavour
  • Oregano
  • Wild Violets – loaded with minerals and vitamins, especially A and C
  • Purple Dead Nettle – considered to be anti-inflammatory, diuretic, diaphoretic, astringent and styptic
  • Winter Kale
  • Clover – young leaves picked before the flowers appear can be used raw in salads
  • Ladies Mantle – it’s tannin content makes it beneficial in healing stomach ulcers, diarrhea and irritations of the throat.


Edible Weeds


  • Forget-me-nots – lower is rich in Vitamin C and Anti-oxidants
  • Oxalis
  • English Daisy – long history as a calmative for inflamed skin and for stomach and intestinal problems
  • Rosemary
  • Calendula – shown to have antispasmotic, lymphatic, cholagogue and emmenagogue actions

Edible Flowers

Non-Edible Flowers

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Copyright 2014 – 2020  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000