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    There are many things I'm just not confident about foraging unless I've seen it fruit. Apple trees (or are they) are a perfect example. I'm pretty sure I've located 2 massive ones, one very local but they have no fruit. Why would they have no fruit? Or have I just noy identified them right? I've not foraged from them.

    Found a broken willow (unsure which) this morning so raided that. Bind weed is very popular here at the moment

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    Apple tree leaf is quite easy to identify. Take one that you know is Apple with you next time and compare. One of the walks we go on is next to a railway line. All along it there are Apple trees, grown no doubt from when people have thrown cores out of the window from trains years ago Don't know why they would have no fruit

    Yes, Bindweed is extremely popular here as well atm. Also Nipplewort, which I'm finally able to identify in its young unflowering form. Trick is to look for the basal leaves. They should have like a double leaf (not easy to describe you'd need to see it )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Apple tree leaf is quite easy to identify. Take one that you know is Apple with you next time and compare. One of the walks we go on is next to a railway line. All along it there are Apple trees, grown no doubt from when people have thrown cores out of the window from trains years ago Don't know why they would have no fruit

    Yes, Bindweed is extremely popular here as well atm. Also Nipplewort, which I'm finally able to identify in its young unflowering form. Trick is to look for the basal leaves. They should have like a double leaf (not easy to describe you'd need to see it )
    One of them is growing next to two smaller trees that are bearing fruit. The lack of fruit makes me suspicious. Poor barren trees. I'll have to look out for Nipplewort.

    I do love forage names

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    I've been irritating myself (although pleasing Boo) by covering the house in forage to dry for winter. Well I'm really excited to report that the mini bunny bothy Bob built is also an excellent drying facility. The top floor has mesh windows on the front & both sides for air flow, the roof can be propped open when there is no chance of rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I've been irritating myself (although pleasing Boo) by covering the house in forage to dry for winter. Well I'm really excited to report that the mini bunny bothy Bob built is also an excellent drying facility. The top floor has mesh windows on the front & both sides for air flow, the roof can be propped open when there is no chance of rain

    Have you posted a photo anywhere? Sounds great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Have you posted a photo anywhere? Sounds great!
    I may have posted some of drying forage around the house but none of the bunny bothy as yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I may have posted some of drying forage around the house but none of the bunny bothy as yet

    MM waits patiently for a photo of bunny bothy

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    MM waits patiently for a photo of bunny bothy
    I need to get Boo to model it but she's asleep at the moment. I don't want to awaken the beast ...she'll be grouchy. I'll ask her if she is up for it later. The fact that its full of drying forage might encourage her

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    So much forage. Loads of red clover has sprung up (I have it in my head that I should limit the quantity fed?), willowherb is going to look stunning when it flowers theres so much . Today I got loads of raspberry & a few types of willow. The broadleaf plantain is so enormous I think it might be the greater one. I've had enough of cuckoo spit though

    I'm doing really well getting winter rations together this year

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    I think the only thing I have seen about Clover is that it's high in protein. I think that's the case for both Red and White. I feed the latter and don't really restrict it.

    Does anyone feed or know anything about Wild Carrot? I would have thought it OK, but have just seen it on an unsafe list. We have lots in the garden atm.
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