Archives for the month of: September, 2014

Today is my only true day off this week and I have decided to spend the morning collecting Plantain seeds and Amaranth as well.  The Plantain was really easy.   Just scrape off the already dried seed pods into a bowl, sieve, and winnow.  I only got a small spice jar full so I’ll be going out again for more.

Plantain seed in the Fall

Plantain seed in the Fall

First stage of Winnowing.

First stage of Winnowing.

green tomatoesSo I hear it may be going down to -1 tonight.  That means I really should bring my tomatoes in as green as they are.  I have been successful however in ripening in a paper bag with an onion.  Like myself, you may be a gardening and wildcrafting enthusiast but may need a little guidance.  Here is a really good e-book that is economical as well.

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On a positive note, roots will be ready for harvesting after the frost. its year burdock and dandelion will be sweeter, milkweed, sarsaparilla, and wild carrot if you are making medicines and coffee alternatives.

 

While most people right nphoto-2.jpgow are bringing in their beans, tomatoes, and chard…I, Thimbleroot am harvesting the last of the Red Clover tops and Amaranth 2nd cutting. I have picked my first 3 quarts of Wild Grapes as well and am eying up that goldenrod. Now of course I do appreciate a good domestic haul and have my own garden but why not supplement.

 

Fruits of The Earth by Blanche Pownall Garrett, 1972.

Fruits of The Earth by Blanche Pownall Garrett, 1972.

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Not all quite ripe, they have however, exposed themselves.  Miniature clusters of blackish purple grapes alongside their green, yet eager, bedfellows are somewhat ready for the picking.  Well my Husband did just that.  He picked enough in a blue bin that we got exactly 3 quarts.  I found an old recipe in a book my Father owned in the 70s.  I liked the look of it.  Simple, yet well researched, unlike some of the internet instructions.  The author basically acknowledges that if grapes, or any fruit, were to be fermented, you would not need anything, but he adds some simple things to make the process nicer and with a more palatable result.  I just can’t wait.  They’ve been in a pail under a tea towel for 2 days now.  In 6, we add the sugar and bottle in 4 months.  Just in time for the Yuletide and Christmas Holidays.