Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dame's Rocket - Round 2

Last summer, I tried to make pulp from invasive Dame's Rocket, but it didn't work. It wouldn't break down enough to chop even after boiling it several times. Maybe it's because I picked it while it was blooming. Who knows? However, I'm going to give it another shot. This past weekend I picked new growth Dame's Rocket at Fenner Nature Center during their Earth Day event. There were many volunteers helping to pick invasive plants that day, including a group of students from MSU. I could have hauled away 50+ bags, but I'm going to start with the two I collected and see if it works. Fingers are crossed.

I cut off the roots and will dry them in the sun over the next few weeks. You can see there are a few garlic mustard and motherwort plants tossed in as well.