Next gathering of the Weed'em & Reap garden club will be this coming Friday, June 21st at the UT Extension building 2119 Midland Road, right next to the fairgrounds.
If you have a favorite topic you want researched and discussed, let me know. I could use a few days notice.
Anyone need some aloe vera? It is once again time to lighten the load.
I used my Vita Mix for another purpose this week. So far it makes my smoothies and grinds up the peels, eggshells, and any vegetable or fruit trimmings to go into the garden. (maybe a worm bin this fall)
A few days ago I used it to grind up some plantain plants, roots and all. I added a cup of water and after grinding, let it sit in the refrigerator for a few days until we could get some cheap whiskey 80 proof or more.
Then I added two cups of whiskey and now let it sit on the counter, out of the sun so I remember to mix it up every day. I'll probably do that for a week, then store it in a dark cupboard.
You probably think it makes a killer cocktail but what I am trying to do is extract the medicinal properties and use it as a topical rub. Some folks ingest plantain for internal issues, but I'm not there yet.
I tried it on a bug bite yesterday morning and it went away immediately. Maybe coincidence so I need a lot more trial. (not that I want bites, or bruises or sore muscles, but....)
We will be comparing it to a concoction my mother-in-law has had with her for over 50 years. It is comprised of a mystery root from a plant gathered supposedly in the mountains of Mexico, but no one knows what it is anymore, so I am trying to find a local alternative. Plantain seemed like a promising prospect.
Her "boo boo" medicine is a proven winner. It has soothed muscles, bruises, bites and is also ingested by some. I have seen bruises that should have been humongous and painful disappear almost overnight, so I have great hopes for this other tincture.
Just think, the drug companies would probably promote legislation to eradicate this common weed. Just looking at my front yard, it would be a huge undertaking. Since they probably can't do that, Congress would make it illegal to have in our possession and our home-made "boo boo" medicine would be a controlled drug.
Monsanto would develop a roundup resistant strain and patent it so someone would have to pay them for any use of it and if any part of the gene altered plant showed up in your lawn, you would be open to a lawsuit.
OK, OK, I got a bit carried away, but the gene thing does happen to farmers, so....