This morning, I had a few chores that had to be done before I could go outside. I dug up Valerian root yesterday and wanted to get it cleaned and tinctured. After a lot of soaking and rinsing, it was ready to be cut, crushed and set into grain alcohol. Valerian is a great herb, one of the few sedative herbs that is actually nutritive for the body. In rare cases it can cause excitability but I find it to be a good sleep aid. That may come in handy as I’ll be helping my Dad move out of my childhood home very soon and possibly in with me. Valerian has a bad smell, sort of a sweet, decaying scent. The whole house smelled of it, kind of disgusting.
Next was kombucha. The batch I made 10 days ago was ready to drink and a new brew started. I grew my first scoby from a store bought bottle of GT kombucha almost a year ago. Since then, I’ve accumulated a lot of scobies and compost them in the garden.
Elephant garlic needed separating before being planted. These came from a local farmer that I met last weekend at our annual garlic festival.
Once outside, I started some fall cleanup in the garden. I picked a couple of things and then began prepping the garlic patch. Suddenly, the sky got dark and rain came pouring down. ugh