What irritates me the most is that the main reason I have for blogging is because I can post a recipe or remedy and never have to worry about finding it later. I can use google or the search in the side bar to find things.
But maybe it was time to get rid of the past and look to the new?
So I was thinking about all the things I learned and posted and realize that I need to keep learning and posting new things.
We moved to NW Ga just over 8 years ago, and I worked at establishing my herbs and various plants over this time. I often tend to plant things because they speak to me on some level, not because I'm looking for a harvest.
I went to my old standby, Practical Herbalism by Phil Fritchey. It's a great book that focuses on 46 herbs, their uses, folklore and cultivation.
This year, my plants flowered profusely and since I was out of my elder flower stash, I thought it would be good to dry some flowers.
Practical Herbalism has detailed steps as to how to do this, but I tend to have issues with following directions?
The flowers are tiny and with the current weather there was no reason to use the dehydrator.
I picked the entire cluster and allowed them to dry initially in the direct sun outside for a couple hours. I then moved them to a warm, dry area to complete drying. This took several hours. I then gently removed the flowers and stored them.
|Elder flowers, dried|