Well I haven't been coming on here much. But I have been out catching turtles, fish, picking berries, mushrooms, and getting ready for the upcoming hunting seasons, and digging season.
I was invited to check out a woods a couple of weeks ago. I found alot of mushrooms as well as Ginseng. I figured I would share a few pics with you guys. So here they are......
Billy you're welcome. No problem on getting back with me, I understand things come up and need addressed. I am still willing to help you out with the mushrooms. Just contact me via my email.
Good luck witht he digging! I may have to head your way to get a quick fix myself.
I checked an area out yesterday and found quite a bit of \"Sang\". Here are a few photos that I uploaded. I have, many, many more. =)
Those patches were just a few I found, and so large I couldn't get them in a single photo. I was really impressed with these woods and have to say they are by far the best NEW woods I have found in years. Look closely in the photos and you will see multiple plants, many with red berries. Although there are still plenty of berries that have yet ripened and from the looks of things are already dropping berries. I didn't get to REALLY look over the area, and even bypassed many washes as I figured there would surely be some growing in these. I am HOPING i can come out of these woods with some BIG roots. So what ya think. Nice woods to dig? =)
Shroomy I looked over these photos again and from my exsperience of planting wild seed back over the years and seeing them grow in the same hollers I am going to say that it does not seem that any one has harvested in that place for around 5 to 8 years because I see alot of plants that are from 5 to 8 years old.Young 4 prongs maybe 2nd and 3rd year,also alot of 3`s around 4 to 6 years old.
One way I can conclude this is something I learned through the years and that is this a 1st year 4 prong of wild seng comes out with 1 fork that will have 3 leafs on it instead of 5 everytime.I have never seen a new 4 prong have 4 forks with 5 leafs on each steam,and although I have not had no exsperience with cultivated seed (stratified seed) I have had alot with wild seed untill this season I have only worked with wild seed.I have around 10 hollers that I replant with the berries every year.I have some marked spots that I watch the seng grow each year and that is how I know young 4 prongs.
All that being said I believe that you can pull a prety good harvest from that area,especialy if the other drains etc are as plentyful as the areas you have shown me in these pictures.There is one thing that I am wondering about and that is where is Grandpa & Mamaw the old timers from this area,unless some one has been harvesting their around 9 years ago and further back,then their is 100 percent forshore some old seng their big 3`s and 4`s the kind that make you smile very big,and make your heart happy yea you know what im talking about.
If you find them to go with these others,then it want be a prety good dig,It will be awsome harvest,so look good as I know you will cause either they where dug,are they are still there the old timers,Pap used to call them the homesteaders.
It is indeed a big 2 and will have more of an old 3 prong root or a 4 prong size root.I have seen 2,,,,,,,two prongs of that size and they are the only 2 I wanted to look at and they where both over 1/2 oz roots and they both had old neck scares.
Good looking seng. Thanks for sharing Shroomy! Makes me want to get out to a new woods. I've checked out a couple of areas this summer. One was pretty much a bust, but the other area had some decent seng, but didn't look as good as what you've posted here.