Herbal Interest

Everytime I get a cold, my interest in herbal teas and remedies spikes to an annual high. Some things I am curious about are mullein, pleurisy root, goldenseal, marshmallow (not the white fluffy kind), and pine (yeah, like a tree).

Do any of you awesome homesteaders have any experience with making and drinking teas using these? Do they work? How hard are they to grow (other than a pine tree obviously)?


Time Flies...

Especially when you don't have any! Sorry I haven't been around much!

The garden has been hanging and holding steady since the massive tomato harvests last time I blogged. I pulled out the zucchini and cucumbers. They were just completely covered in powdery mildew, and I couldn't take it anymore. They were so ugly and unproductive. I've been pulling the beans slowly but surely, a few plants every time I go outside. The kale is STILL going strong! In fact, I need to do another major harvest. Maybe Sunday... It's a good thing they are holding out because all my seedlings (kale, cabbages, lettuces, broccoli) got totally decimated by cabbage worms in about 2 days. No fall garden there. Unless I get my act together and plant more trays, but I doubt that will happen.... I will still plant my direct sow plants this weekend, but it won't be near what I was hoping to get with the trays of brassicas.

Opie hasn't been around much, but we have been having random kitty visitors such as Baby Stripes, Freddy, Smokey, and Chicken Stalker of course. The chickens are good and healthy, but starting to look like hell. Blondie is in full on molt and hasn't laid an egg in 2 weeks. Maybe more, I have lost track of time. She actually has NO butt feathers left at this point. The other girls are starting their molt, but look nowhere near as bad as Blondie. Every time I go outside to feed them or grab an egg, the coop looks like someone had a huge pillow fight and left feathers all over the place, just like a bad 80's movie. I will try to get a picture of her, but she may be too camera shy since she is so far off from her normal beauty.

What else? Oh yeah, my life is nuts now. This semester is really kicking my butt, and I am only 3 weeks in. The name of the game right now is projects, projects, projects. This is the main reason I haven't been blogging much, so sorry if you missed me! I have been trying to keep up on reading all your garden stories, but haven't had much time to comment. Even at home, I rarely get to spend quality time with Hubby, our newest most often used phrase is "Love you, see ya when I see ya" said usually in the morning when either he or I is running out. I don't even know the last time I made a real dinner....

I've taken up running, and am now in week 7 of dedication. I can run 3 miles now! Well, more a walk/run thing, but I can still do it! I've even gained a couple of running buddies, so that definitely helps. This week I took a day off from my running routine because I just can't deal with this heat. When you run, your body makes it feel about 20 degrees hotter than it really is. I don't know about you, but getting psyched up to run in 80 degree heat at 7 am isn't my kind of fun.

Speaking of heat, what the hell?!?! It SEPTEMBER for gawd's sake! Yesterday we hit NINETY SIX degrees. 96!!!! Ridiculous! This weather is doing nothing for my attitude except dragging it down. Big time. Like, I can't even fathom smiling right now. Ugh. It needs to end so I can return to being normal.

Well, it's been great getting to catch you up on why I've been absent, but I have to get back to work!


Harvest Monday

Holy harvest totals Batman!

So last week my fall classes started, and I am BUSY! I admit though, I have been really slackin off in blog land. Especially when it comes to Harvest Monday. Again, I slacked off on taking pictures for you over the last few weeks, but you all know what vegetables look like... So here is what we have gotten since the last Harvest Monday I participated in...

Beans: 21 oz
Beets: 3 lb 8 oz
Basil: 3 lb 4 oz
Cucumbers: 1 lb 12 oz
Eggplant: 6 lb 12 oz
Kale: 1 lb 10 oz
Peppers: 3 oz
Tomatoes: 55 lb
Zucchini: 8 lb 5 oz

We also got in the big garlic clean up this week, and it amounted to.... 10 pounds 5 ounces!
We divided it up into 2 categories, plant this year and eat this year. We have 3.5 pounds dedicated to planting, and the rest for eating. I can't remember how much we replanted last year, and I don't think I recorded it, but it was exactly enough to get us through to the harvest this year. Dang, I wish I could remember!
You can really tell the size difference between the eating ones and planting ones. We ONLY plant the biggest and best garlic for next year.
 Annual total:  123 pounds 4 ounces !!!!!!!!!!!