Wild Foodies of Philly
In search of the food beneath our feet!
- The University of Delaware Soil Testing Program http://ag.udel.edu/dstp/Mailer%20List.html
- U of Mass --http://soiltest.umass.edu/ordering-information
- Penn State Extension: http://extension.psu.edu/
- University of Penn: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~erosion/Soil_Kitchen_2013.html
APPs: Critique - None of these Plant ID apps IS 100% accurate, nor provides good info on plant usage for food, fiber, and medicine. Always be cautious using these apps. Use them as a tool, but not the last word. Currently, I'm using PictureThis and SEEK, but haven't done a complete review of all the apps.
- PictureThis: http://www.picturethisai.com (for android) - This is my current favorite. Photo leaf ID of plants, trees and bushes appears accurate (although in the case of docks it did not distinguish the species). You can add to a plant information page, but that info can also be edited out by someone else. Good general info, but no organized photo gallery of plant parts (as with leafsnap), no usage info on food, fiber, and medicine unless you add it.
- SEEK: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/seek-by-inaturalist/id1353224144 Somewhat accurate, scans and identifies plants without having to snap a photo
- iNATURALIST: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028 / https//www.inaturalist.org
- http://leafsnap.com - Good info & photos on trees and their parts, but it's about trees only, no plants, no usage info, and need a white background for identification - very inconvenient.
- SteveBrill: http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Books.Folder/App%20Folder/App.html Good wild plant uses information which most apps don't include, but does not take photos to ID the plant - major setback.
Primitive "digging stick" info:
Shovel Manufacturers: 8-types-of-shovels-everyone-should-know
Get a "DRAIN SPADE" for digging deep taproots of burdock, thistles, etc: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Razor-Back-16-25-in-D-Handle-Drain-Spade-2597400/204476144