Busy day in the balcony garden.
Harvested some Chervil, which is just like Parsley but with an anise taste. Really good for digestion, and you can dry her and use her for tea for that purpose. Otherwise, just like Parsley, Chervil can be juiced, added to smoothies, soups, stews and used as a flavoring. I could see her being turned into a glycerite....Didn't think of that at the time, because ~yeppers!~ she'll be a nice flavoring for my next wild green pesto :)
Oh, and since I was quite fond of her, I sowed some more seeds to enjoy a future bounty! Yep, she is a cut-and-come again kinda plant :)
Also planted the last of Wormwood seeds as 2x when I sowed, nothing showed. Seriously thinking about finding another seed company....C'mon now Wormwood, a little magic in the pot will do!
Harvested Sweet Cicely, she's almost the same like Chervil with an anise taste. Being good for digestion, she's also anti-spasmodic, so I'm drying her leaves for tea. I remember thinking she'd make a good sugar substitute, but I don't see it happening. No, just like Chervil, soups & stews, as a flavoring, and in smoothies & juices. Maybe for pesto too :) The root can be steamed like Parsnip and I'm thinking that Chervil's root might be edible too. Mmm, new goodies to add to the palate, wa-hoo!
Found Lamb's Q and Pellitory growing with Sweet Cicely, dwarfed by her leaves, heheh. Repotted them in another pot to let them grow big and strong for future pestos. Gotta love those wild weeds, I sure do :)
Harvested Savory, Bee Balm leaves (no flowers yet), Sage, Marjoram and Oregano. Those last two were in the process of making flowers. Not just yet, I told them, there's time enough still.
Sprayed Cuke leaves again, those aphids! Added another bamboo trellis so Cukes can climb up. There are a couple starting to grow and I told Cuke I'm fully expecting lots and lots of yummy Cukes, aphids be gone now!
Harvested Cleavers, that sticky plant, she really does remind me of a cross between Chickweed in the look and Stinging Nettle in that she has those little clippers. Going to try her for future tea to flush out the lymphatic system. Hope I'll be able to get in another harvest before the colder weather comes in the fall. Thought about making a tincture with her, but I think she'll be OK with other herbs in an infusion....
Went downstairs and collected about 2 fistfuls of Prunella. Also got a fistful of Violet leaves and Common Sow Thistles for a future pesto. Saw some blue moth butterflies hovering on the Prunella. One stopped to spread her wings just in front of me, then off she went to nestle on a White Clover. Such lovely beauties are all around :) Sure gave me a meditative pause, and a smile :)
Guess what I found growing in my neighbor's yard? Purslane! Oh goodness be! Never seen her there before, must be because some of the seeds from my little balcony garden made it via the wind to her garden. Since she's not into weeds at all, I harvested the omega 3 rich leaves and will most certainly add them to my next pesto recipe. Oh, the bounty of summer goodness! :)
Speaking of which, seems that the Violet I got from work also had Creeping Charlie in there, because when I went to check up on the plants by the side of the house, that creeper was creeping out Violet! Gonna have to harvest her out, poor Violet. Will use Creeper's leaves in a pesto or soup. Maybe soup as this is one wild green that I'm not so found of taste-wise, and all greens pretty much taste the same when boiled down in the cauldron ;)
Looking bright and sunny tomorrow, so you know I'm going to be making it a foraging day! Ah yes, let's throw it open to the wind and see what sweet beauties Mother Nature offers up... for food and medicine, of course.
Now to see if I should visit Buckthorn woods, the new place by the mall, or take a longer trip out west to a huge field out there....
Keep ya posted, sunshine, and stay shining now, ya hear :)
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