Obviously it’s early in the year and though my little sweet pea plants are very small still (due to the fact that it snowed a few days ago, and probably the variety too since I went with bush this time rather than vine) I do have greens. Greens from last year, greens fresh from this year!
I have harvestable kale and collards right now but I picked spinach and lettuce for a dinner salad and it was gorgeous!
Albeit, a little dirty…all this rain has been splashing that dirt all over the place.
I also picked up some cilantro for salsa. I have so much, I need to have it in salads too probably. haha. I got about 5oz of greens.
The boys played while I gardened and I didn’t have to pay too much attention to where they were because they were glued to where the sump pump empties.
Diiiiiiirty. Water is definitely attractive, I know, but they seriously wouldn’t even look up when I asked them so I could get smiles for this pic. Nope, the water was cooler than mommy.
The other thing I harvested (pre-snow) was from the violets in our yard.
I’ve been reading up on my esteemed herbs lately and their medicinal values and something that kept coming up in my research was all parts of violets. Their root, their blooms and the leaves all have qualities that are found in common synthetic medicines and since I have about a quadramillion in my yard (which I used to try and fight) I thought it might be a good idea to put them to good use.
The leaves are mostly beneficial fresh but the flowers must be dried and since they are very short lived you have to pick them during their bloom.
The dried flowers can be made into a tea or a syrup and used for all sorts of ailments from constipation to wet coughs and even have been used to treat tumors, pain, and used to cleanse blood and treat open wounds ( source, source, source).
So I couldn’t really ignore the purple field that is my back yard and not use it at all because really, the only thing that would keep me from harvesting the flowers is pure laziness.
The boys enjoyed helping me (although they mostly wanted to dump the colander) and we all crawled around and picked violets for quite a while in the sunshine. I picked about a half pound and then spread them on a cookie sheet to dry. The day after I picked them it snowed so rather than taking maybe 24hrs, it took about three days for them to fully dry.
Now that I have quite a bit I’ll be using them as tea and also infusing honey. I’m excited just to have a natural option for mild headaches, baby coughs (and me too!) and digestion aide on hand.
Question: What do you pick over conventional medicine?