Over the last few months, I have set on the task of learning the identity of all the inhabitants of our little homestead, so I thought I would share with you my process.
I started out by taking daily walks and capturing “mug shots” of the plants I could not identify with my handy dandy Canon EOS.
Then the hunt begins. I first begin by searching Google with a few key words and my general area (i.e. Florida or Central Florida) before I move on to doing a Google Image Search. To be honest I have had very limited luck with this but I always try it first before moving on to the next step. I’ve also had very limited lucky with the Plant Identification app by Shazam and find that I like the Google Search better.
The next step is putting it out to your Social Network. Be it Facebook, Instagram or Reddit.
You could also extend your social network be finding a Plant Identification Group in Facebook. I like this one, but there are several and some specialize in certain areas which might be more appropriate for you.
Read blogs. I recently found a photo on another homesteading blog which shed light on the identity of one of our plants.
Don’t give up. Keep at it. You never know when one tiny tidbit of information will lead you down a rabbit hole to find the name of a plant.
You can use the same method to identifying our creepy crawly friends too.
The best part is that, while I am learning, I am taking the opportunity to teach my son the names of the plants and giving me the opportunity to practice them.
There is nothing quite like his excitement when our son brings Mom a flower that he knows the name of.
I still have a list of plants to identify, a mile long, and I find new ones each day. I will continue my process until I know them all by name or at least as many of them as I can remember.
Wish me Luck!
Books and Reference Materials:
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family
- Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist: How to Have Your Yard and Eat It Too
- The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs
- The Random House Book of Herbs
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