Purslane – the Clark Kent of Weeds

Purslane is the Clark Kent of weeds. It hides there in plain sight with its unassuming looks as just another green thing in the garden, but once brought into the kitchen – BAM! – it is the greatest ingredient and sometimes even saves the day. I learned about many plants while working in the garden this summer, but I have a special attachment to purslane. I had been hearing about this amazing purslane soup for the better half of the summer and finally decided to look into recipes using the secret delicacy. I entered the green into Food Gawker (as you do) and more recipes than I thought would popped up. I settled on purslane pancakes (http://www.hawberry.net/2010/08/23/purslane-pancakes ).

Best. Choice. Ever.

Although purslane does not carry a strong taste, the plant offered a light flavor that s enjoyed by all for dinner that night. I could have used spinach or kale for the meal, but why not use something that I can find for free in my own backyard?! Purslane saves the day and acts as a great substitute when there are none of the usual greens in the fridge.

I also consider purslane my personal superhero because, when I am far away from home (as far away from India!), purslane never fails to show up and provide me with a little comfort of home.



Purslane creeping along and blanketing the garden with its protection.


Throwback Tuesday

Anyone remember these good old days in 2005? How the garden has grown and changed!garden 2005



A few of our favorite bugs, courtesy of Annica. First person to identify them all wins a free eggplant!IMG_0503 IMG_0510 IMG_0546 IMG_0588


The Beez

We sampled some honeycomb after checking on the bees a few weeks ago. IMG_0519

Our bees are busy at work, and we’re excited for the fall honey harvest. It’s a good time to be a SLUG beekeeper.

How many volunteers does it take to remove a weed root system?


Answer: 3



We have some great summer volunteers. Join us every Thursday at 6:30 in the garden to share in the fun.

Meet the Summer SLUG Crew 2013


The Team (left to right) Annica, Corinne, Polly, Martha

Since the initiation of the SLUG garden on campus, students have had the opportunity to stay over the summer and manage the garden production, development, harvest, and market. Interested students write an application sharing why they would like to be a part of the SLUG summer team.  With the garden in full summer swing, the summer crew has a chance to develop, plan, and finish new projects in the garden.

This summer an enthusiastic bunch of ladies can be seen (and heard) jamming in the garden. Rather than introducing ourselves, we decided to introduce each other…

The ABC (DEFG)’s of Annica Mandeltort

Anthropology lover.
Beekeeping babe.
Crew and roller derby star.
Ever print-making.
From Libertyville, Illinois.
Going to India soon.

Ring the alarm, it’s Polly Dalton!

Hailing from Hartford, Wisconsin, Polly Dalton run the world (SLUG). This diva studies government at Lawrence, is crazy in love with tennis and biking, and constantly shares her halo of knowledge with those willing to listen. This past year Polly enjoyed studying in Copenhagen, an irreplaceable part of her life she never fails to bring up in conversation because she is still in love with her experience there. She cannot help but countdown to the day she can return! Until then, Polly continues to bring joy to and shower love on top of SLUG with her bright smile, enthusiastic singing, and creative energy. When not collaborating with the rest of the SLUG team, she is jumpin’ jumpin’ on any new project she can get her hands on. Flaws and all, this suga mama is an inspiration for all those independent women out there!


CORINNE ‘Independent Woman’ KOCHER

WANTED FOR: Being a French-speakin’, Senegal-lovin’, garden-tamin’, government-studyin’, cello-playin’, coffee-drinkin’, feminist babe from Crown Point, Indiana.

REWARD: An endless supply of morning glories
and lots of TLC

If Good Times were Burdock Roots
(The Life of Martha Allen)

There once was SLUG lady from Kansas
Her smiles and kindness were famous
Jigging along while taking out burdock
and caring for our magical beanstalk
she lived her life with great zealous

Not Just a Vegetable Garden

We’re growing plenty of produce, like tomatoes and kale, for the fall, but we also have many helpful flowers and fragrant herbs around the garden. Most are in full bloom and add a nice splash of color to our vegetable beds!

Our summer staff (unofficial) photographer, Annica, is documenting their growth.

Our morning glories are vining up the fence around our eggplants.


Our parsley is ready for harvest.


Our perennial daisies just flowered a few weeks ago.


More and more color appears in the garden as the weeks go by!