WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I constantly look for reasons or excuses to be in the woods. I find “shanging” a good one. This plant likes to hide like no other, but I tend to believe that one needs to be almost over it to notice it. It likesContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? It seems that most of the American ginseng I find is located in the western Catskills. This has always perplexed me. The only thing I can come up with is that deer browse seems worse in the southern & eastern Catskills. Yes, deer doContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? In 2018, I walked a member’s property in an area that I know “can” grow ginseng, but is seldom–if ever–found. The soil there is well-drained and great for growing forested plants. Some of the heights of the nearby trees are the tallest I knowContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Here’s the first ginseng I spotted this year. I didn’t expect it, since it was literally one foot from a hiking trail where you might think it would get picked. In the background is blue cohosh, a good “indicator plant” that ginseng might beContinue Reading