BeeDee marshall

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Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:We get volunteer bindweed. Isn't that sweet?



Made me laugh...thanks.
1 month ago

mary jayne richmond wrote:hi everyone, just a question.. what do you do with the garlic and onions, etc after you strain the fire cider?? i hate to through it away. i've thought of whizzing it up in the food processor and then drying it to add to things like mayo or stews.  any ideas would be very welcome



I dry the strained leftovers, grind them up and use a tablespoon of the mix in spiced dal.  It is delicious.
2 months ago
according to this plant identification site on face book https://www.facebook.com/groups/156706504394635/?multi_permalinks=1920960411302560¬if_id=1532058209995139¬if_t=group_highlights  it is Lysimachia vulgaris, the garden loosestrife, yellow loosestrife, or garden yellow loosestrife with fruit and seed.  Google it for more info.  I have found the facebook page to be quite accurate.  It is not a chat page...just plant id with botanical name from photo.
7 months ago
hard to tell from the fuzzy photo but looks like sow thistle to my husband.  It is edible, but bitter at that age.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonchus_oleraceus
a good facebook place for plant identification is https://www.facebook.com/groups/156706504394635/?multi_permalinks=1906081939457074¬if_id=1531277082398428¬if_t=group_highlights
7 months ago
Thanks Rebecca for responding.

The seed pods are the tiny round things on the heel of your hand in the picture.  They look somewhat like fish scales.  They have a peppery bite when they are fresh.  I was wondering if they are peppery when dry.  If so they might make a pepper substirute year round.  

The 2nd picture is a snapshot of the book I mentioned and what Dr Stewart does with the fresh pepperweed.  She calls it pepper grass or poor man's pepper, but it is the same plant (Lepidium). She doesn't boil.
7 months ago
Don't know if you are still monitoring this post, but I wanted to ask if you also dry the fruiting pods and use them as a pepper substitute?  Just read out about the plant in "Eating From the Wild" by Dr. Anne Marie Stewart and Leon Kronoff written in 1975 and found some growing on our land.  Stewart just writes of eating the plant fresh so your info on how to dry and use them later is most helpful. Thanks. :^)
7 months ago
Dear Travis,  Depression and hopelessness often follow diagnosis of debilitating and life threatening disease.  It is not a time for feeling perky.  On top of that, the other dissapointments just test your resolve further.  Sleep is a natural defense mechanism against too much stress producing input.  So, I would suggest working on the mental state to help you cope with the physical.  Two herbs that I have found that work on dark states of mind are black cohosh (yes it is good for men as well as women) and st john's wort.  Tincture form is best.  Both grow throughout the United States.  My husband saw a positive change using the black cohosh and I use st john's wort for pain as well as depression.  Big doses are not necessary, three drops, three times a day works well for us.  Again, these herbs work well for us, your mileage may vary.  Consider seeing an herbalist in your area.  If you are near Minnesota consider contacting Matthew Wood.  Find something that lifts you up and out of your heaviness.  Good luck.
8 months ago

Matthew Nistico wrote:  I really wish he had referenced a little tutorial about exactly how his friend fermented those blackberry leaves!


Me too.  I did find this http://www.tenren.com/fermentation.html and a quote from the site is "The term fermentation when applied to tea is something of a misnomer, as the term actually refers to how much a tea is allowed to undergo enzymatic oxidation by allowing the freshly picked tea leaves to dry".

I'm  pretty sure Robin has info on his site.( https://www.eatweeds.co.uk ).I just don't feel like looking right now. ;^)
8 months ago
I really like Robin Harford, the British Eatweeds guy.  The following link is to a video/article about, among other things, fermented bush/tree leaves for tea. Very interesting.

https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/blackberry-rubus-fruticosus?utm_source=email-broadcast&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Bramble&utm_term=ISSUE121&utm_content=newsletter-mailing-list

From the end of this informative video: "It’s my intention with everything I do, whether I post a photo up or I post a video up, or I post an article up… that you actually take it beyond your head, and that you go and reconnect with the natural world around you.

I don’t care whether you live in a high rise flat in the middle of London, you can get out and find a park or you can find a cemetery. You can find green space, and get engaged with plants today.

It’s really really important!

Reading about them, looking at pretty pictures on social media, watching videos like this. They have a place, but it’s not the work.

The work comes when we go outside and we engage with the beautiful green beings, and we bring them back into our kitchens and we start playing with them as food, and maybe, if we’re so inclined, to learn their medicine as well."
8 months ago
My husband loves spearmint/anise hyssop and I have a cup of lemon balm/lemon thyme/catnip every evening before bedtime to relax me.  I also make a tummy tea with chamomile/strawberry leaves/spearmint/violet leaves and flowers.  We call it tummy peace.  I tincture ginseng, sarsparilla, wild ginger,and ashwaganda separately, then dry the roots after I squeeze out the tincture and put them together (the dried roots ground up) for an energy tea.  In the morning we drink wood betony and oatstraw/nettle.  We use stevia leaf in the t-ball with the other herbs to sweeten our tea. We love our herb teas!
8 months ago