Wheel of the Year, Spring to Summer Flowers

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The property here at the farm is so amazing: bounty of herbs, grasses and flowers ... beautiful views. I am so lucky. The first year I went to "herb school" was with Sandra Loray at Mandala Botanicals. It was a life-changing commitment. In those months, I became friends with the wild here on my property—things I had never known, paused for, or understood: the volunteer herbs and wildflowers—as well as those perennials and trees planted by folks before me (1798!). Above...the roses, peony, lupines... Before that, tulip, lilac, honeysuckle. So much bounty. I watch this land through the seasons, with honor. Thank you!!

Nettles!—Last chance for the most nutritious harvest

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Nettles are one of my most favorite herbs—ever. Super nourishing, wholesome, empowering and ... just ... WOW ... full of good. They grow wild here—all over the place. Not easy to harvest as they are prickly—but scoop up a pair of rose pruning gloves (with the long "sleeves") and it's easy and super worth while. I have clipped and harvested for the past two months. They are now going to seed—and some herbalists advise, at this point, to be careful for kidney health. I clip away any seed pods at this late harvest. Just clip the leaves, steam as you would any leafy green—and enjoy! Also, keep the lush, deep, green juice (left after the steam) for a power potion. Google "nettle nutrition" and you'll be inspired. I bow to the nettles! p.s., my trick to steaming the yummiest is to add liquid aminos (Braggs). 

Pie Cherries!

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This is the seventh year we've lived here. When we first arrived, we bought a few fruit trees—and then I gifted my partner a few more: We have pears, plums and cherries in this "orchard." We also have five apple trees, currents, elderberries, raspberries, strawberries. Lucky. Yesterday, I harvested tons and tons of these lovely pie cherries. In past years, I've made jellies and jams, but this year I'm making and freezing tarts and pies for winter bounty and joy. JOY! 

Chamomile Harvest

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Chamomile is soothing, lovely: calming. It's been in bloom for the past week—not taken down by the consistent rains. In fact, all of the herbs have prospered: warriors they are. Truly warriors. They are so strong and resilient—surviving or thriving drought or dampness. Chamomile is helpful in easing anxiety and depression, allergies, insomnia, skin issues and ulcers. It is also helpful for those suffering from PMS. More information is here: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html. A subtle tea does wonders—and blended with mint, motherwort and linden...is a special, joyful treat.