From Seed to Teacup

The Elecampane is flowering and the bees are visiting to gather their stores for the coming winter. The weather is due to change dramatically in the next few weeks, we can get a freeze from September onwards and certainly snow on occasion. After October, all bets are off and we have to be prepared. This little bee knows what’s good for her and she’ll be spending her days making the most of the seeds and flowers I have left in my garden. I’ll be repotting any tender plants and storing them in a cool, frost free location safe from Jack Frost and his prickly fingers. My Microberry tomatoes and my Cucamelons have done so well this year that I’ll be keeping them going as long as possible. Risky business though, as the frost will kill them off, maybe I’ll move half and risk half.

The bigger perennials such as the Elecampane and the Mullein will be out all winter to leave foods and seeds for the birds and other critters. Everything else will be sharing seeds with me for planting in spring. It’s an amazing task gathering those tiny powerhouses and setting them free once the snow and frost has gone. My Borage has taken it upon itself to spare me the task and I had more this year than ever. I love those flowers shining their cheery pink to blue and then the taste of their cucumberlike leaves in my salads. Volounteers are always welcome here. Any plant that decides to take on the task of sealing carbon back in the soil gets a fair shot around here. And then it gets made into tea. I personally can’t think of anything better for affirming our connection with nature, can you?

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