Chamomile Harvest, tea time! 

 Our field of chamomile at Prairie Pines

Our field of chamomile at Prairie Pines

 Dried Chamomile

Dried Chamomile

 Drying on old window screens

Drying on old window screens

As Pat says, "A trip to the 'B Hive' is not complete without a tour of the basement." Smiles, it's oddly true, we love showing people our basement projects when they visit us. Anyhow, here is a tour of the basement at the moment, about 7 bags of perfectly dried chamomile. And 4 window screens packed with dried chamomile.

What is going to happen next? You can see by looking at my bio that I am a big fan of making herbal teas from personally wildcrafted herbs. 

Not that we have the time to cut, sift, and package chamomile tea for the wedding, but maybe I can have a few girlfriends over and make it happen. That's the goal. Time will tell. 

We had a pleasant surprise to see a lot of baby chamomile plants coming up in the Prairie Pines plot thanks to last year's beginning farmer. My best guess based on the form is that it's the German variety, Matricaria chamomilla, the self sowing annual. 

 

 We left them be.  They went to flower about 3 weeks ago, so early May. 

We left them be.  They went to flower about 3 weeks ago, so early May. 

I harvested a lot one evening. Ben took them to the drier on UNL Campus.

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The field was just beckoning for a second harvest so I brought home another bigger bunch. This one went into the basement and received the traditional treatment, laid out evenly across old window screens with two fans. At that time, Ben said enough, so even though there is still about two more equal sized harvests left, the plot neighbors will glean them in trade for watching our chickens while we go to Austin for our engagement party. 

Whatever's left will go to seed, we will harvest some and let the rest self sow and be a fun surprise for the next gardener in that space. 

 Dried in the nice driers

Dried in the nice driers

 Last years harvest Tulsi & Nettle

Last years harvest Tulsi & Nettle

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