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deernationherbs:

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) ~ Photo taken by Adrian White

Called “Sweet Leaf” by Native herbalists, this plant is in full bloom right now across Iowa. Time to harvest its tender twigs and flowers!

Bergamot is delicious most of all as a tea, but I would beg it to be reconsidered in the herbalist’s arsenal of classic herbal flavors. It has a taste quite similar to thyme, as it also contains the volatile oil Thymol, but with a much more buttery flavor.

I dry a batch of the flowers in preparation of winter. Bergamot is an excellent cold and flu remedy, and very versatile within that realm. The plant is diaphoretic, antiviral, expectorant, bronchiodilating, relaxing and cooling. This herb is especially pleasant to have nearby in the garden or house, as a spit poultice of the leaves and flowers is wonderful for burns and insect stings, a bit like Plantain.

Those are such interesting flowers!

A belated okra harvest, some are too dry so we’ll just save their seeds. The others look edible.
What is it roritx has made the catchphrase of okra harvesting…
Embrace the Slime ;D

A belated okra harvest, some are too dry so we’ll just save their seeds. The others look edible.

What is it roritx has made the catchphrase of okra harvesting…

Embrace the Slime ;D

homobotanica:

Echinacea “Fatal Attraction”

The watermelon harvest has begun. :D

ruthhopkins:

Purple coneflowers, Sully’s Hill National Park, Spirit Lake Reservation.

ruthhopkins:

Purple coneflowers, Sully’s Hill National Park, Spirit Lake Reservation.

kcyang688:

:)

kcyang688:

:)

If you look up at the sunflowers you almost can’t see all the buildings.

If you look up at the sunflowers you almost can’t see all the buildings.

deernationherbs:

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) ~ Photo taken by Adrian WhiteConsidered an invasive, pesky weed to conventional, chemical-spraying corn farmers in Iowa, ironically this healing herb springs up among the diabetes and cancer-creating crops, the effects of such it has been known to remedy.  It has been traditionally used to stave off some of the most degenerative diseases for centuries, and now today, it grows right alongside the corn that gives us “High Fructose Corn Syrup” and may be one of our best allies against it.Red clover is an incomparable alterative, used in alternative therapy support for cancers, cancerous tumors, diabetes, and even as protection against the radiation produced by Chemo treatments.-Adrian White, Deer Nation Herbalist ~ Visit: www.deernationherbs.com

deernationherbs:

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) ~ Photo taken by Adrian White

Considered an invasive, pesky weed to conventional, chemical-spraying corn farmers in Iowa, ironically this healing herb springs up among the diabetes and cancer-creating crops, the effects of such it has been known to remedy.  It has been traditionally used to stave off some of the most degenerative diseases for centuries, and now today, it grows right alongside the corn that gives us “High Fructose Corn Syrup” and may be one of our best allies against it.

Red clover is an incomparable alterative, used in alternative therapy support for cancers, cancerous tumors, diabetes, and even as protection against the radiation produced by Chemo treatments.

-Adrian White, Deer Nation Herbalist ~ Visit: www.deernationherbs.com

jackassgardener:

When is it okay to harvest bell peppers?


Well, if they’ve already changed color they should be plenty ripe enough (if there’s an official way to tell when they’re done I’ve never known it).  I do know they get sweeter as they change colors, but if you let them stay on the plant too long after they finish changing colors they start to kinda shrivel up and don’t taste as good :((if you are reading this and know the secret of bell pepper harvest times please share your knowledge with us :)

jackassgardener:

When is it okay to harvest bell peppers?

Well, if they’ve already changed color they should be plenty ripe enough (if there’s an official way to tell when they’re done I’ve never known it).  I do know they get sweeter as they change colors, but if you let them stay on the plant too long after they finish changing colors they start to kinda shrivel up and don’t taste as good :(

(if you are reading this and know the secret of bell pepper harvest times please share your knowledge with us :)

The court affirmed the bedrock principle that the state cannot insert itself into a private transaction between consenting adults to buy a natural product, or interfere with the type of foods that a parent might choose to nourish their family with.

"Judge Dismisses Charge Against Minnesota Raw-Milk Farmer Despite Probation Violations"

Now if only we could apply this precedent to so many other issues…

(via hipsterlibertarian)

Freaking thank you.  Can you all in Minnesota just promote that judge or something.