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Make a GIS layer for every city of all plants or areas for
growing them on public land so that people can have a
everywhere they walk.
Edible Landscaping in Davis, CA
This page had links to Google mapsfruit trees in davis (last time I was there). [swimswim, Mar 08 2013]
|The problem with edible plants in many wilderness
environments is that one cannot rely simply on pictures in
a book or an app; a certain degree of hands-on experience
is required in knowing where to look for them, judging
ripeness (mature Blackroot makes a mildly hallucinogenic
tea with a lovely earthy aroma; underripe Blackroot will
kill you), and in discerning certain edible flora and fungi
from copycat cousins, some of which are quite toxic.
Guidebooks are a great place to start, but a local with
some survival knowledge is your best next step.
|The problem with public spaces is that people may walk their dogs there to pee and poop on the plants.
Welcome to the hb. [jp]
|Those dogs are supplying essential nutrients and you know
it. What animals deposit goes right into the plants that we
ingest (or inhale).
|More to the point, urban or public forest harvesting
only works if a very limited selection of people know
about it. Otherwise it's going to get completely
picked clean, killing many plants (where leaves or
roots are the target) or simply providing very limited
and inferior product (where fruits or seeds are, since
to get any people will pick them before they are
|As far as I know, dog urine can kill most green plants. The poop may have a possibility of being fertilizer if left to decay.
|Well, sure, the urine's not great, but dog feces composts
nicely if mixed with enough other organic refuse. The end
has a very mild odor compared to some other common
|What really sucks is that in todays litigious society, the map's authors would get sued but some wanker who can't tell an apple from an acorn, or dropped into anaphalaxis 'casue they forgot about their peanut allergy and there wasn't a sign up.
|I was hoping this would involve supermarket food samples. Interesting idea, anyhow ...