Here you can find up to date information on which species are currently available for harvesting out in the World! Most all species posted are to be found in the Eastern United States, from Texas to lower New England. Also, bear in mind that differences in latitudes will affect seasonality of many species – the further North one travels, the later in the year a given species may become available.
The transition to Winter leaves (pun intended!) us with the last of the rich nuts ripening on the Autumnal trees, acorns, pecans and walnuts, and the first of the sweet, delicious roots of Winter – winecups, canna, and onions. As the weather grows colder, so too do these tasty roots become sweeter as well!
And quite perfectly so, as they are ideally suited for crafting heart-warming stews, soups and other dishes to stave off the oncoming chill! You can find some great ideas for making some of these dishes on our Recipes page too.
This time of year is crucial to getting wild seeds to successfully germinate the following Spring. The dropping temperatures help metabolize the stores of energy inside the young seeds, allowing them to better access them once the warmer weather returns! The same is true of plants’ roots. During the Winter, roots also gain access to their stores of starches and are able to use them to spread, reach new territory and become more secure for the following year. With care, many of these large, tuburous species can be relocated or brought into the garden at this time of year too.
For more information on starting your own Wild Garden, and how easy it can be, visit the Gardens page!