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.
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.