Nettles The Needles StingWritten by Judi Singleton
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Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a little freshly ground black pepper, mix well, then tie mixture up in a muslin cloth that has been wrung out in cold water. Drop into boiling water and boil for 1 hour, or hang over boiling water and steam for 3 hours. When you remove pudding cloth, you will have a round cannonball of a pudding that is delicious when served with a good gravy or melted butter.
The Nettle Beer made by cottagers is often given to their old folk as a remedy for gouty and rheumatic pains, but apart from this purpose it forms a pleasant drink. It may be made as follows: Take 2 gallons of cold water and a good pailful of washed young Nettle tops, add 3 or 4 large handsful of Dandelion, same of Clivers (Goosegrass) and 2 OZ. of bruised, whole ginger. Boil gently for 40 minutes, then strain and stir in 2 teacupsful of brown sugar. When lukewarm place on top a slice of toasted bread, spread with 1 OZ. of compressed yeast, stirred till liquid with a teaspoonful of sugar. Keep it fairly warm for 6 or 7 hours, then remove scum and stir in a tablespoonful of cream of tartar. Bottle and tie corks securely. The result is a specially wholesome sort of ginger beer. The juice of 2 lemons may be substituted for Dandelion and Clivers. Other herbs are often added to Nettles in making of Herb Beer, such as Burdock, Meadowsweet, Avens Horehound, combination making a refreshing summer drink. Mrs. Grieves, A Modern Herbal As our soils and bodies are very depleted of minerals one of ways for body to absorb minerals quickly is by using wild herbs. Our ancestors used nettles for all kinds of uses, so we have a history in our body of using minerals in these wild herbs. Read Judi's Other Blogs
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How to Decorate Your Garden Using Profound Garden Statues that Bring Your Yard to LifeWritten by Candice Pardue
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Whatever your theme, be sure it fits well with overall look and feel of your garden or yard.
Some Common Themes Are Below:
Create a Focal Point in Your Garden with a Garden Statue
- Gnomes (water gnomes, winged gnomes)
- Angels and Cherubs
- Animals (birds, lions, pigs, cows, butterflies, etc.)
One favorite use of garden statues is to draw attention to one particular spot in your garden or yard. For example, you may want a section of flowers to receive exceptional attention. A garden statue placed among flowers will draw eyes directly to location. Small statues can be used to draw eyes to low-lying plants, shrubs or vegetation. Garden statues add a dramatic effect to your decor, while also telling a story.
Using a Garden Statue as a Memorial
If you would like to set up a memorial for a loved one, a garden statue is a great way to do so. Placing a memorial statue near flowers will help remind you of your loved one each year when flowers bloom.
Adding garden statues to your garden decor is a great way to enhance your garden without a lot of maintenance, and you can enjoy them year after year.
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