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Wildcrafting Calendar

When to start looking
for berries, nuts and natural craft supplies

Wildcrafting of the many usable items and botanicals from nature can be spread throughout the year.  The best times can change with your locale, the seasons and with climate change as well.

Wildcrafting Calendar

The best times of year vary with your location, but sometimes there are clues as to when things are ready. 

If you hear woodpeckers drumming, those first warm days of spring are ideal for collecting willow that will peel to reveal the lovely white wood beneath.  At other times of the year, the sap isn't rising, so the bark won't be as easy to peel.

This wildcrafting calender will help you to figure out the best time to start checking the woods for mushrooms, when to harvest willow for baskets, the ideal season to look for shed antlers.

If you're a wildcrafter with the knowledge of when to harvest, glean or collect natures bounty, I want to hear from you.

What kind of day will you choose to walk in the woods?

Don't worry, your secrets are safe with me. Don't divulge a particular spot that you go to - a simple gardening zone if you know it, or an elevation above sea level, or a description of local plants will help each wildcrafter to determine the best times to go wildcrafting.

Add your input to the wildcrafting calender, and if you're an avid collector, herbalist or artisan using wildcrafted craft supplies, herbs or any other natural item in your lifestyle, share your knowledge.

When do you collect natures bounty?

How do you know when to glean, harvest and collect the wealth that nature provides? Finding the right time and season to go wildcrafting for your particular item is an art - share it!

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Shed Antlers 
The absolute best time in my area (Kootenay Boundary country in British Columbia) to look for 'sheds' or antlers that the deer drop in their annual cycle …

Dwarf Mountain Lover 
I make bouquets from my garden of all the flowers that are blooming on the day. This is close to the end of June, and a later start to summer than usual, …

Mushrooms can be collected throughout the summer, but it's totally weather dependent. I check my areas often, especially a few days after a good rain …

June to August - Pinus ponderosa cones 
I usually collect my pine cones for crafts any time during the summer. The best times are soon after they ripen and fall, as they sometimes get trampled …

March - Willow Twigs for Baskets 
I collect willow for basket making in March, after the snow is melted a bit, but before the sap starts to rise. Once the sap begins to flow, the bark …

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