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Learn which wild plants to eat during Iowa City 'Walkabout'

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The public is invited to attend a free "Edible Forest Walkabout" at Wetherby Park in Iowa City from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The informative walking tour is hosted by Backyard Abundance and is held in part with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

Participants can get a first-hand look at fruit trees, berry bushes, and edible herbs planted to mimic the plants in healthy woodlands. Mixed in with those plants will be walking onions to help discourage pests.

Participants can take home free onion bulbs as well as herbs like lovage, oregano, chives, dandelions, plantain, French sorrel, yarrow, and comfrey that they harvest during the tour.

Free handouts of the Wetherby Park Edible Forest layout and plant list are provided.

Walkers should bring big pieces of cardboard to cover weeds, wheel barrows, pitchforks, shovels, steel rakes and gloves and possibly a container for harvested herbs. A clipboard or something hard is also suggested to bring for note-taking during the tour.

Following the tour, participants get the opportunity to volunteer to spread mulch in bare and weedy areas.

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