Thanks for the educational tips .I never thought of honey as acid. I usually do a similar thing by simmerring herbs on my wood cookstove but only with roots or things like rosehips . I usually make infusions and use raw honey to sweeten when using medicinal herbs . I grow my own elder for ease of harvest and to be sure its "Clean' I never wash my fruits (berries). I rub the berrys off and make tinctures, dry them or make wine . Have you ever worked with high bush cranberries? (Crampbark) ?
I suggest burdock and wild chinese yam as crops that can be benificial. Mullein , wild violets , dandelion too are all good for an orchard. wintercress and plaintain too .All are edible and medicinal . Sharon
I will look at incoming coins for you. I raise some things that self sow here in southern De bitter melon and an African flower/ herb called wild dagga that self sows . I also have a self sowing jobs tears and tulsi (sacred basil ) If you are interested I might like to swap for perhaps corn since I have played with that over the years or some kales or Mochata squash .I have grown here 40 years no chems and op seeds mostly. Enjoy the seasons! Sharon Carson
I tried collecting and drying it as rabbit feed a year ago in the spring before flowering when its at its best . It was too damp here to dry and it molded . I do dry it for personal use as well as make and sell the tincture of the leaf seed and root. I am playing around with the idea of learning to turn the stalks into a fabric as well . If I had a hoop house it might be possible to try larger quanties of the leaf for sale. I feed it to my chickens rabbits and horses in small amounts dried and use it as a fertilizer too . I tried making nettle wine but did not like it. It makes a nice, green natural dye. There's a book from England called" 101 uses for Stinging nettle" that is useful.
I have grown many potatoes over the years . We used to buy organic seed stock from David Ronnigers of Ronnigers in IDAHO . he was the largest curator of organic seed stock in the country . . he went out of buisness . I bought organic as well as local concentional seed potatoes from our local farm store with mixed results . I now buy organic potatoes from the store and when they sprout I but off that end with and inch or so of potato , dip the cutside in wood ash or seaweed and plant in pots and ll;ater plant outside in beds . There are differences in insect and diseasese resistance as well as production .In this way I can eat the potatoes as well as get plants for the gardens but there are only about 3 kinds available that are organic.