In the Kitchen …
Thawing out our berry stash from the freezer. Its that time of year to use up what didn't get used over the winter to make room for more of the freshly picked berries. Yay berry season is here!!! These lovely homegrown marionberries, by my father in law, became yummy jam! Marion berries are a rare treat grown here in our county… Marion county! A cross between a blackberry and some other berry I don't remember.
Inspired by this Pinterest find Spinach-Artichoke Dip Pasta Bake our version… not baked and without the fake cheese (really no better than real cheese and equally as expensive) this dish was just as good without!
In the garden …
See that inclination that the horseshoe pit would become a green house was not too unrealistic! Our horseshoe pit is now being plotted out for a green house. We started leveling out the location and hopefully in not too long it will be full of nice green things, even through the winter.
In the dehydrator …
With spring here and some lovely weather from our Creator we are getting a little more exploring done on our newly purchased two acres. On one of these walks it was discovered that we have some comfrey growing wild n our yard (along with lots of other things). So today we harvested comfrey and hung it out to dry.
Comfrey is one of the main herbs used in two of our salves (soon to be in our store) the Diaper Salve and the Gardening Salve. According to our medicinal plant encyclopedia Comfrey is commonly used for promoting the healing of broken bones and most commonly called the 'wound herb'. It is a demulcent, astringent, anti-inflammatory and promotes the healing of wounds and bones. It is used in our Diaper Salve and Gardening Salve mostly for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to relieve skin problems.
It can be used in its raw form for a poultice, the leaves are used to infuse oil such as in our salves and can also be made into an ointment. Under the self help section in our book it lists its uses as being for acne, boils, fractures, fungal skiing infections, healing wounds, inflamed skin rashes and stiff and aching joints.
To harvest we took our kitchen scissors out and cut down at the base of the stalk and placed the stalks (including flowers and leaves) in a 5 gallon bucket. Some gloves also come in handy as they have little stickers on the stalk that can get stuck in the skin. Once harvested I gathered some of the stocks and tied a twine around the base of the stalk tight and then tied the twine on the posts located on our front south facing porch.
This amount of herb was too much for the dehydrator and with a nice sunny day as today, we have some free energy to dry them out with. It should only take a couple days I imagine and they will be ready to chop and store away until its time to make another round of salves.
Comfrey comes back once cut down and can be reharvested several times. This can be the cause for it being named amongst the 'weeds' in the yard because it can be troublesome to part with. Tilling up the roots only spreads the plant more and can easily create a whole field of comfrey. Which if one is making a lot of comfrey oil could actually be a good thing ;) But perhaps not in a green lawn.
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.