Garden Update, Echinacea root tincture

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Some of the trees are bare and I’m ankle deep in leaves.   Nights are cold and the days have been warm.  I’m watching the temperatures, hoping for more red peppers before the first frost. Cabbage will soon be sauerkraut.


I tinctured some Echinacea root today. This is a chunk of root from a 3 or 4 year old plant. What’s left will grow back nicely in the spring.
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It’s best to use grain alcohol when tincturing roots or bark. There’s no need to dry the root first. It actually makes a superior tincture with fresh root. Wash the root well, cut and macerate the pieces and follow the same procedure I describe for the whole plant tincture.

The tomato patch is looking grim but the fruits are still ripening on the vines. There are still a few bright spots in the gardens.


This season is coming to an end but I’m still picking a few things every day.   This has been a wonderful year in the gardens and I’m already excited and making plans for the Spring.
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11 thoughts on “Garden Update, Echinacea root tincture

  1. Cynthia,
    I take care of five village perennial gardens just outside my backdoor and this is a timely post for me. I have never done this before but I am really looking forward to it and will find the other post you referred to right now. I’ve always wanted to do this! Love your blog!
    Ginene

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    • How beautiful that must be! I can’t wait to see posts with your beautiful pictures of them. I love your blog too and will be looking at your holiday posts again soon, they make me feel so Christmassy!

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