Time to cut and dry you up
I've been waiting til you're ripe
Will make tea and fill up my cup
I was away all summer, in June the garden beds were full of self-planted tomatoes from seeds in the compost. When I got back in August, the beds were overflowing with dark green nettle plants. Plus some cherry tomatoes :)
I have been waiting patiently to harvest them. Actually, I've been waiting to get a new pair of garden gloves. I have not forgotten the sting she will give if I'm not careful. My daughter and her friend inadvertently jumped in a patch of nettle this summer and had bright red stings up and down their legs that lasted for a few days! She's no joke. I picked up the gloves yesterday in preparation for the harvest moon, the perfect time to do some harvesting of the local medicine growing around me. When the moon is waxing, and then reaches her peak, she draws the medicine from the roots and stems up into the leaves of the plants--this is the time to gather up the medicine for yourself for teas or tinctures, wines or other concoctions you'd like to make.
Kidneys, lungs, intestines, and arteries are tonified, strengthened, and gradually altered towar optimum functioning with consistent use of nettle, freshly cooked or infused (as tea).
I harvested her and hung her to dry in my basement.
These bunches will last us through the winter.
This is another great way to incorporate greens into your diet. Not to mention getting a shot of what grows wild around you, and bringing that energy into your body.