You don't have to understand the world. You just have to find your own way around in it. - Albert Einstein

Friday, 4 January 2013

of the Garden, and Things I Made with Things that Grew There

I went out early today to give the garden a good drink before it got hot. According to the weather website, it's 41.6 degrees Celsius right now. That's over a hundred degrees in the old money. Positively ghastly.

(Question. Why doesn't my keyboard have a degrees symbol? It would be most useful.)

This morning, I harvested my first ever zucchini that I've grown myself. I was soooo excited. It's a yellow zucchini, because differently coloured vegetables are more fun. I'm sure I feel as proud of it as if it were a baby.

But it's not a baby. It's a zucchini. So I cut it up into tiny pieces and cooked it.

I think we'll call today's creation Yellow Zucchini and Corn Fritters. Yum.

And there's plenty more where that came from.

Last full moon, the sky was clear and the light was bright. It was a perfect time for harvesting some magickal herbs. In particular, the sage and the lemon balm were getting a bit unruly and crowding out some of their less assertive neighbours, so I cut them right back, harvesting all the mature growth and leaving the new shoots to grow back.

Now I have home-made smudge sticks from home-grown sage.

I wonder how many pots of lemon balm tea this will work out to be? Or I would love to try making the triple lemon balm tincture described in this article here by Susun S. Weed.

I made these herbal charms to be placed under the four corners of one's mattress, to encourage peaceful, restful sleep and to protect one from nightmares. Each one contains a sprig each of the following, all from my backyard.
white violet - Viola blanda
sage - Salvia officinalis
rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
lemon balm - Melissa officinalis
German chamomile - Chamomilla recutita
California poppy - Eschscholzia californica

Each bundle is bound thirteen times with red thread, and tied in knots thrice thrice.

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