Ward House


A fantastic herb that many, including me, see/saw as a weed. Last year hundreds of this nutritious herb were unknowingly pulled and tossed. Well, we have seen the light. This herb can be used in place of spinach. Recipes can be found here, here, and here. I plan to make this recipe this weekend:

Lamb’s Quarters and Navy Beans:
3 c navy beans, cooked
1 clove minced elephant garlic (or two small cloves regular garlic)
1 small pot full of lamb’s quarters leaves (probably about 4-5 cups raw)
Liquid Smoke

Cook lamb’s quarters leaves 5-6 minutes. Chop them and combine with everything else. That’s it.

These are best eaten when the plant is young, only a few inches tall. Do not use once plants have gone to seed (more info found here).

We have a plethora of lambs quarters growing in the garden spot and in the recently cleared areas of the yard. Recently cleared from all the forsythia that had taken over about 5 foot of the side yard; a good picture of the runaway forsythia can be seen here. Yesterday I picked a bowl full of lambs quarters, washed, laid out to ‘dry’ and then mixed with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and radishes. Yummy! Tho the kids were not as excited about it as I was.

While in this cleared part I discovered several potential yummies and need help identifying them. Does anyone recognize these?

The plants above are a mix of burdock and then two others that I do not recognize. This one to the right has a ‘sticky’ feel to it. Not a wet kind of sticky but a stick-to-your-clothes-because-of-the-rough-texture kind of sticky. This plant grows very quickly and bushy.


May 15, 2009 - Posted by | Cooking, economy, Gardening, recipes, self sufficiency


  1. The first one looks kind of like Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) and the second one is cleavers (Galium aparine). And MMmmmm that recipe sounds great! I love lambs quarters!

    Comment by Maria | May 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you Maria. Does Lady’s Mantle get leggy? This one is about 2 feet tall.

    Comment by Annette | May 15, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hi Annette, how are you doing? Oh! I’ve no idea about the herbs, Sooorry! I was actually looking for your sunday stills. :DThanks alot for your comments. He is not my cat. Its a wild cat. He roams free around the valley, at times comes to me for some biscuits. lol! He dosen’t like my camera, so he always hides under the car, when he see me with the camera. So Thats a shot of his, hiding under the car 😀 Glad you like it!Nivin

    Comment by wollreflections | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  4. I think it is Mallow(Cheeseweed}.The fruit resembles a minaturecheese wheel. I’ll check the linkb/4 you try it and let you know ifit works. I made up a rhyme with thisweed and another one.Little MallowI came by way of Joyce Ann’s blog.If you do not trust the link just look up Little Mallow and you’ll find it.Or look up Cheeseweed.God Bless You and Yours!!!

    Comment by Flassie's Fil'a | May 24, 2009 | Reply

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