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« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2013 06:30:58 PM »

I have a possibly dumb question about sage:

I grow the culinary type in spades. I really have lots every year. Can it be used like ceremonial sage for burning? Also, can you tincture it and if so, what would you use it for? I know it's great as a tea for sore throat and a good hair rinse.
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« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2013 06:36:39 PM »

Dreadlock, you're in Timmins! Somehow I missed that! What climate zone are you in? Do you find there are many herbs that you just can't grow that far north?

HG, people do burn garden sage as a smudge, but to me it just isn't the same as the artemisia western sage. I like to make an infused vinegar with the blossoms when they're in flower. It produces a lovely pink vinegar with a floral taste that is just slightly sage-y. Good on salads.


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« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2013 08:39:18 PM »

I don't know much about herbs, but I am happy growing them in my garden.



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« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2013 08:59:46 PM »

My dandelion experiment ... didn't go so well. I picked them, but didn't get to using them right away. 2 days later I finally had time... and all my dandelions had turned into little puff balls lol. Oops.
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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2013 04:48:45 AM »

Unfortunately, the shelf life of dandelions hasn't gotten any longer since we picked handfuls of them as toddlers and found them all limp and wilted by the time we got home. Wink You don't quite need to put the water on to boil before you go out to pick your dandelions, but you can't delay. Were you making wine?

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« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2013 09:42:33 AM »

Dreadlock, you're in Timmins! Somehow I missed that! What climate zone are you in? Do you find there are many herbs that you just can't grow that far north?

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I believe we're in zone 3.  There are definitely some plants of interest that can't be grown here because of the shorter season.  All we can do is focus on those that are possible.  It works out.  Although we have a 30 X 100 lot, our multi-unit home takes up a fair portion, then there's a double driveway, a 25 X 15ish deck, and the kids' pretty big playground.  We have 3 4X4 raised beds (for both veggies and herbs), a number of containers, a well-established pincherry tree, and two apple trees planted just last year.  We're going to try to squeeze in a couple more beds this summer but otherwise, I don't think we'd have space for much more.  If I could grow everything I wanted, I don't know where I'd put it all!

We also order a lot of organic/wildharvested dried herbs so we do still have access even though they're not homegrown.
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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2013 09:45:59 AM »

I don't know much about herbs, but I am happy growing them in my garden.

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« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2013 05:04:34 PM »

Wulf: I'm making dandelion vinegar. Also trying dandelion greens, possibly friend dandelion flowers... and whatever else I can find to try. Unless I decide I can't stand them lol.
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« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2013 07:35:25 AM »

Wulf: I'm making dandelion vinegar. Also trying dandelion greens, possibly friend dandelion flowers... and whatever else I can find to try. Unless I decide I can't stand them lol.

What about fritters?
http://www.learningherbs.com/dandelion_recipes.html
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« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2013 08:30:22 AM »

I am so on the fence about this...I was trying to take a break from swaps for a bit to get some personal sewing done, but I was in round 1 & I love herbs.  Decisions, decisions...
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