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R Parian

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I picked some rosemary, brought water to a boil, dropped in the rosemary,  turned off the heat, and let it steep for 5 minutes.  It made a strong infusion that I enjoyed.
For the second thing,  I was referring to this page not having a link to the BB leaderboard: https://permies.com/forums/user/leaderboard
2 days ago
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Two more feedbacks related to the leaderboard:

1. I was trying to figure out why it was reporting a higher count for me than I was expecting.  The reason appears to be that it counts both BB's + Badges.  Is that expected or is it intended to just count BB's?
2. Should a link to it be added to the leaderboards page?
3 days ago
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I have to agree with Vegard about this infusion being not super exciting.  Maybe my expectations were set too high given how delicious strawberries are.  The infusion reminded me a bit of green leaf fireweed tea, but with a little less flavor.
I mentioned this already in the peppermint BB, but I'll discuss it here as well because I planted the thyme in amongst the peppermint.  I planted the thyme this spring into one of two "H├╝gelkultur water troughs".  They are metal water troughs that have holes in them so no longer function for their intended purpose.  So I filled them about 2/3 full of log rounds and then topped with soil.  The thyme is doing ok, but could have used more frequent watering this summer and as a result I cannot take a large harvest.  Here I harvest some of the thyme to dry.
I planted three types of mint this spring into two "H├╝gelkultur water troughs".  They are metal water troughs that have holes in them so no longer function for their intended purpose.  So I filled them about 2/3 full of log rounds and then topped with soil.  They are doing ok, but could have used more frequent watering this summer and as a result I cannot take a large harvest yet.  Here I harvest some of the peppermint.
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

In this badge bit, you will harvest, dry and store elderberries or elder flowers



You need to dry enough to make a tea, infusion or decoction.

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your fresh elderberries or flowers being harvested
- a picture of your elderberries or flowers drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, or in a bag, etc)
- a picture of your elderberries or flowers in a sealed and labelled container.
    - label shows where the elderberries or flowers came from, the date and method of drying.
Through PEP I have come to realize there are so many ways to use elderberries!  Drying them is a great way to prolong their availability for various uses.  This was my second harvest this year from two blue elderberry trees, yes, trees!  I had to use a tall ladder to reach most of the berries.
I thought I had already submitted this BB last year when I dried Trailing Blackberry leaves for tea, but apparently I didn't.  I enjoyed the tea from last year's harvest, so all the more reason to do it again this year!
Here is my peppermint leaf infusion.  I probably could have used half as many leaves as it was pretty strong.  I boiled water, dropped the leaves in, turned the heat off, and let it steep for 5 minutes.  When I took the lid off after 5 minutes of steeping, it almost made my eyes water!