Newsletter #188: Start With One Plant

I hope you are managing to keep your spirits up during these ‘interesting’ times?

And I hope you are using your once a day exercise slot to explore the plants around where you live.

Talking of plants, I get asked a lot… how to avoid overwhelm when you begin foraging.

Too many plants to choose from. Fear of misidentifying a plant. Everything looks the same.

All this can lead to paralysis.

The foraging book gets put back on the shelf. And the initial passion for the subject wanes.

I’ve been there. Any honest forager has.

Last week, my friend Miles Irving convinced me to go on his podcast show – It’s called WorldWild.

In the interview, I talk about the importance of starting with one plant.

This is a free-form interview. Miles is a devil for not scripting things and wanting to just ‘see where it takes us’.

Click here to listen – I hope you enjoy it.

If you want to get your ‘head’ around botany, then Marc Williams has just opened up enrolment to his Botany Everyday online class. It’s by donation.

Marc is a dear friend. He was good chums with my own plant mentor Frank Cook. Frank’s the reason I teach and why you are reading this newsletter.

Marc is also one of the most loved wild plant teachers in the US. And well worth learning from. He really, really knows his stuff.

You can find out more about his online botany class here.

Please don’t forget to make a donation. As Frank Cook used to say: “Receive what you need, give what you can.”

Well, that’s it for now. Look after yourself and talk soon.

Robin

PS: I’ve had quite a few folks ask me if they can get a free copy of my Wild Plant Photo ID Guide when they buy the Kindle edition of my book.

The answer is, YES.

Pick up a copy of Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland. Either the paperback or Kindle. And you receive the free guide. Details are inside the book.

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