Hello! Hope Summer is treating you well!
I missed publishing my Summer Solstice Newsletter a couple of weeks back because I was ‘down with disease’. Yup, I’m now a member of the rapidly-growing Lyme Disease club (my husband, Hawkeye, became a member last year).
Near-drought conditions, extended-higher-than-normal temperatures, and being sick has made our ‘micro-farm kick-off year’ even harder than we anticipated.
Hawkeye has been managing the off-site garden all on his own, while I’ve struggled to keep our on-site garden even just limping along. The fatigue I had for weeks from Lyme made it impossible to do much more than get out of bed some days….
Garden News: Harvested a bumper crop of Garlic * Calendula, Marshmallow, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Self Heal, St. John’s Wort & Yarrow in bloom * Echinacea, also in bloom, is really spreading and looks ready to take over the garden * Soaking the logs to push the next Shiitake flush * The resident woodchuck has a new garden favorite to munch: Horseradish leaves!
Crafting News: Made White Sage-infused oil for the first time. Don’t know why I waited so long to try it! I planned to use it as an achy muscles massage oil (it’s said to be a good remedy for insect bites too), but it smells so incredibly good that I’ve been rubbing it on for no reason at all :)
For more on using White Sage, here’s an interesting blog post from RootSimple.com, who also talks about why *not* to use White Sage.
And if you haven’t tried making your own herb-infused oils yet, here’s a great YouTube instructional video which shows both hot and cold infusion methods.