Monday, August 3, 2009

Independence Days Weeks #13 and #14

I'm combining two weeks in this update since I was away on holidays. It'll look more impressive that way! :)

Plant Something:
-nope, not this time around...

- oregano, chamomile, feverfew, basil, yarrow, heal-all, dill, violet leaf, mallow, hedge bedstraw, mugwort, tansy, nettle seed, lemon balm, horehound, plantain, wild carrot, sumac, grape leaves, creeping bellflower, lettuce, 2.5 lbs peas, raspberries

- grape leaves in salt water
- drying herbs
- tincturing nettle seed, bedstraw, lemon balm, horehound, wild carrot, plantain
- infusing heal-all into oil
- froze peas, basil
- saving mallow seeds

Reduce waste:
- traveled by bus on holidays
- brought my own utensils, napkin and food to avoid expense and waste of convenience food while traveling
- bought second hand dress (for a wedding in Sept.) and top
- used sun oven to cook eggplant, beets, broccoli, used pre-heating water to make tea
- hang dried all laundry on the line
- using the liquid leftover from my nettle hair rinse and vegetable cooking water to water houseplants

Preparation and Storage:
- ADGMD got food grade buckets from, salvaged canning jars
- reading Herbal Medicine: Trends and Traditions by Charles Kane

Build Community Food Systems:
- attended Just Food locavore potluck and jam making workshop
- went to farmer's markets
- distributed copies of the latest edition of the Ottawa Buy Local Guide

Eat the Food:

- made dinner for my family with some peas from my garden
- enjoying fresh and tasty salads prettied up with mallow flowers and bellflowers
- raspberry vinaigrette
- drinking sumac lemonade
- eating nettle seed (medicinal)
- drinking violet leaf and wild carrot infusions (medicinal)
- used motherwort tincture for menstrual pain (totally worked!), catnip tincture for digestive troubles (also worked!)

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