You can tell foraging season is winding down as I haven't written much lately. Indeed, after the last visit to Bellefield (and my new passion for dancing), I haven't really thought of foraging lately.
The days have turned crisp, nights cooler still, and blustery winds have returned. Leaves have changed colors to red, orange and gold and the smell of leaves fermenting lingers in the air.
The Mums are now in bloom! One has bright yellow flowers while the other has orange blooms with red centers. Borage is going seed, as is Basil and Nasturtium.
I've already started putting down the garden slowly, removing dead plants and uprooting the Radishes. The seeds didn't actually germinate that well, with the Radishes being little more than a thimble in size! Ah well, I still added the leaves to today's pesto recipe.
There are a few Tomatoes to harvest and some Perilla leaves on the back balcony, as well as the herbs Marjoram and Oregano. Sage and Rosemary I'll probably take in during the wintertime and maybe Stevia too.
On the front balcony, I'm going to be drying those Mum flowers to make a tasty tea that is a boon to the liver (especially useful for eye issues, similar to the herb Eye Bright). Leaves of Marshmallow, Mallow, Motherwort, Nettle and Yarrow I'll add to the soup pot. I'm going to add the different varieties of Mint to one big pot and transplant Comfrey into tall planters, all of which will have a cozy place inside during the colder winter months.
Come to think of it, most of the work I have to do is bag the earth in the pots into large bags and store pots and earth in the shed for the next season. It's a messy job and hopefully there will be a nice warm day when I can get that done (not much fun hauling damp earth on a cold fall day!).
Harvested the Peppers the other day. Uh-oh, these aren't Bell Peppers but HOT Peppers! Yikes, just touching them and my fingers were stinging a bit! Since I'm not into "heating" foods, I gave them to my boss who claimed that they were just hot enough for his Indian blood ;)
Only foraging on my list ~now that we are mid-October~ is to dig up some roots in the garden at work, specifically Dandelion and Yellow Dock. Might have a look see behind the mall for Dandelion roots, haven't checked out that place in a while. Could also take a look-see in my neighbor's garden for what goodies are still to be discovered. Perhaps a quick trip to Buckthorn Woods to explore some new trails and maybe get some more Plantain. To be seen....
Riding back from dance class on my bike one evening, I passed by Bellefield and noticed it was totaled. The trees had been ripped up and the land was now a waste field. Guess no more Red Clover, Evening Primrose, Yarrow and all my other friends, sniff sniff....
Well, short one today, sunshine, but I know your light continues to shine bright! Keep up that sparklin' darlin' :)
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