Oregano anyone? What does one do with enormous amounts of oregano? There is only so much spaghetti sauce one family can make. Especially when the tomatoes have barely flowered. I’m finding that so far this year, not much is doing well besides the herbs. They are OUT of control. We also have a SHIP ton of mint - mmmm mojitos!
This summer, we’ve been craving time with friends. As a result, our weekends are full of travelling and we’ve been spending less time in the forest then last summer. Finally last weekend, Esker and I got out for a good forest visit.
St. John’s Wort is out in full force this year! Such a wonderful healing herb. Collect the flowers and buds, make an oil infusion, and then a salve. Great skin healing properties.
We collected a birthday bouquet for the lovely Katherine.
I dried the medicinal plants I found in Ikea sock holders. You can find these for 99 cents at any second hand shop.
Recipe from Nourished Kitchen. Will let you know how they turn out…
Nettle tea sweetened with molasses is a gentle way to increase iron levels for those with low iron like myself.
Don’t harvest nettle leaves after they have flowered though. Old leaves develop “cysoliths” that can irritate the urinary tract if ingested (thanks Beverley Gray).
Firrrst. Coltsfoot is always first around here.
Vi-ol-ets. I’ve made jelly with them, and to be honest, it tasted like…sugar. I’ve also made a drink syrup with them – also tasted like sugar. I think this year, we’ll pick some for salad and call it a day. Or you could always do THIS with them if you want to go really crazy.
Bloodroot. Lots more than last year, but not enough to harvest. Yet.
This past weekend my gurl Emily and I learned to felt from another great buddy, Kate. The result: these felted baby shoes. Maybe my favourite creation.
Little bit of the felting process…
Our teacher. Thanks Kate!!
Mine (above) looked a little mangled at first. But I still loved them. Emily chose to make the booty shape (below), and they looked great right away. Emily later added deer hide to the bottom for tread, from the hide that Emily and I found in the woods and later tanned together. THAT’S how WOODSY we are. SON.
Kate’s perfect one’s pictured above. Kate has a booty business – Bumbletoes. Each pair is one of a kind and a beautiful baby gift that will certainly be cherished.