Pine Needle Calendula Tea and Catching Up!

Did you ever try Pine Needle Tea? I learned about it on YouTube, through Off Grid with Doug & Stacy . I bet you never knew it was delicious!

It is simple and a whole food and so mild.  Be careful though, and know what you are harvesting:

A few words of caution: while there are over 100 different varieties of pine, the Ponderosa, Norfolk Island and Yew needles should be avoided, as brewing can prove toxic. You’ll want to collect your needles from trees at a distance from the roadside to be sure they haven’t been

exposed to exhaust or chemicals, and far away from dump sites. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid pine needle tea as it has been linked by some sources to miscarriage. -source: http://www.medicinalfoodnews.com/articles/pine-needle-tea

What’s so good about pine needle tea?

1. Pine needle tea has a pleasant taste and smell (always a good start).

I LOVE these bags!

2. It is rich in vitamin C (5 times the concentration of vitamin C found in lemons) and can bring relief to conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints and fatigue

3. Vitamin C is also an immune system booster which means that pine needle tea can help to fight illness and infections.

4. Pine needle tea also contains high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight, improves hair and skin regeneration and improves red blood cell production.

5. It can be used as an expectorant for coughs and to help relieve chest congestion; it is also good for sore throats.

6. It brings you clarity and mental clearness.

7. It can help with depression, obesity, allergies and high blood pressure.

8. Pine needles contain antioxidants. These reduce free radicals, which are harmful to humans and can cause disease.

9. Taoist priests drank pine needle tea as they believed it made them live longer. There is researched evidence that pine needle tea can help to slow the ageing process.

10. Pick some pine needles and let them soak in boiling water on your stove and it will add a crisp pine smell all over the house. Perfect for Christmas.

source: https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/10-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-pine-needle-tea

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Beginner Gardener Tips: Should You Till?

We’ll be doing raised beds from here on out.

The Raised Bed Farm Blog

When we bought our first house in 2000, it had a 1000 square foot area that had been gardened by the 90-year-old prior owner for 20 years.  It was a simple rectangular area, and she had planted her crops in rows, with a big Rhubarb in the corner.

f69f6-andytilling2The soil was hard-packed clay, and while there were definitely crops growing, it was hard to imagine where the water would go.

We had read about raised bed gardening in a book by Edward C. Smith called The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible that we could till up the soil to make raised beds without having to bring in extra soil.  We didn’t have much money, so this made sense to us.

We found a tool rental shop, and it was about $75 to rent a gas-powered tiller for a day.  I had zero experience or fear, so there was a bit of a…

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8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

I have been the lucky recipient of a windfall of cucumbers.  I found this article “refreshing:”

Cucumber water is one drink that you’ll want to consider the next time you’re feeling thirsty. It not only helps genuinely hydrate the body, it can help you feel better overall, and even look better.

Click here for all of the benefits you’ll reap, and some recipes to help you along.


Source: 8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

Our Pumpkin Contest Entry

After waiting so long for our seeds, we did nothing special, just threw them in the organic soil that’s fertilized with organic guinea pig “beans” (yes, our cavies eat organic) and added water and love! So far, two weeks later, we had 10/12 sprout in Zone 5, update uploaded soon!
Thanks to:
Road to the Farm:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URcye5YjrNI

Life In Farmland:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcvyJhV-KTA

BlueGrassBound Homestead :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lOUuW6Fm6k

Good luck to all from Noble Homestead!