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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    So many trees have little tiny green shoots as well as ground plants coming up earlier. Whilst I should be worried its all occurring too early I'm just excited about how much easier it will be to feed my sickly boy in a month or two
    Agreed it will be easier to forage earlier. It is worrying though and there will be examples right across the natural world where there will be a mismatch with availability of food eg Bluetits and caterpillars.

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    I went on a really long forage yesterday & got decent helpings for all four of my bunnies. There are a couple of hawthorn trees that always come in to leaf quicker than others - these have already got tiny green shoots on a few branches - I can't believe this was in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I went on a really long forage yesterday & got decent helpings for all four of my bunnies. There are a couple of hawthorn trees that always come in to leaf quicker than others - these have already got tiny green shoots on a few branches - I can't believe this was in January.
    The Hawthorn is super early. Ours in the garden isn't quite that far advanced yet. Did Rudey like it?

    I noticed today that the grass looks a bit longer and a bit less tatty. Star plants here though are still the Red Deadnettle. They're covered in a mass of flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    The Hawthorn is super early. Ours in the garden isn't quite that far advanced yet. Did Rudey like it?

    I noticed today that the grass looks a bit longer and a bit less tatty. Star plants here though are still the Red Deadnettle. They're covered in a mass of flowers.
    No ..but he really does like most fresh forage. Todays findings:

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    bonus blurry pics of the lesser spotted J&B

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    No ..but he really does like most fresh forage. Todays findings:

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    bonus blurry pics of the lesser spotted J&B

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    Great haul and great photos

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    Plants have decided it's time to grow now

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    I'm so excited for full on spring foraging. I am going to forage like I have never foraged before I intend to adopt a more methodical approach (bulk harvesting, drying & storing) & ensure there will be no slim rations next winter

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    Great haul J&B! And always good to get bonus pics of their majesties enjoying the fruits of your labours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I'm so excited for full on spring foraging. I am going to forage like I have never foraged before I intend to adopt a more methodical approach (bulk harvesting, drying & storing) & ensure there will be no slim rations next winter
    Can I ask, so you pick the stuff, then do you wash it, let it air, then store? Or do you let it air then just store it and wash before giving it? I always feel like if I was to pick, wash, store it would go all weird.. And how do you get it to dry out without going all weird/mouldy? Sorry if that's a lot of questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graciee View Post
    Can I ask, so you pick the stuff, then do you wash it, let it air, then store? Or do you let it air then just store it and wash before giving it? I always feel like if I was to pick, wash, store it would go all weird.. And how do you get it to dry out without going all weird/mouldy? Sorry if that's a lot of questions

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    I really like these kind of questions - i'm no expert but award self 9.9 / 10 for trying
    Things I pick at ground level I sometimes swill in a cold water bath but I never wash tree forage or ground forage that wouldn't be accessible by dogs or picked high up from the plant. I visually check as I pick for things I consider that need to be discarded. Bird Poo is at the top of the list but any unhealthy leaves, bugs, berries etc. I don't fuss much about that stage. As long as you have good air rotation most stuff dries well given enough time. I often go through a series of different techniques & locations. Make sure final storage allows some air flow too.

    On hot sunny days laying easy to dry leaves outside are pretty much done in a day if you rotate them a few times

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