Garden Plant Ally and Seed Saving method

Common Name: Dandelion 

Scientific Name:  Taraxacum 

Season: Summer 

Applications & Features

  1. Dandelion helps clear challenges and obstacles
  2. Helps to detoxify body and life
  3. Helps eliminate jobs, houses or relationships you have outgrown
  4. Brings clarity and focus to help you move forward

What a perfectly chosen seed to allay our stagnancy and move forward into the new  year. 

A reminder to shed what no longer serves us, and align ourselves with nature and contemplative practices that remind us of the beauty of life in its entirety.  

Surrounded by the remnants and discards of another festive season and a challenging start to the year for many of us,  dandelion reminds us to be resilient. 

This plant ally prompts us to presently disconnect from objects, people, thoughts and patterns that don’t uplift us. Shedding discomfort and harnessing a more focussed, simple existence to cut out the background noise (I know in my own life this looks like spending less time online) and to move gently and presently toward our goals.

In the movement of compassion and kinship, this also applies. Be aware of what may have been considered a loss – and what it would look like reframed. Losing a job, a partner, a connection to something not only can be seen as a ‘setting free’ – but also, freeing up space for the right person/role/friend to occupy.

Finding & Harnessing

How does one firstly attain dandelion; and how to best absorb and consume it?

Dandelion is often sourced at bulk Health Food stores, and is becoming more commonly available in tonics, teas and gardens.

Watch as I utilise this ally plant in our monthly cooking pillar, Dandelion Tea.

Musings

Take heed of the following perspective:

“The seeds that are watered regularly grow, if we water anger, anger grows. If we water distracted,

 distraction thrives. It’s a wise reminder to tend to the things in your life that bring joy, peace and

 fulfillment.”

Do you have a favourite way to work with dandelion? Why not share online, don’t forget to use @waysthatwere 

Seed Saving

You may remember in Decembers ‘In the Garden’ offering, there was an invitation to allow herbs and plants to go to seed? You may have noticed that now is the perfect time to prepare to harvest these herbs and cultivate their seeds for months to come. 

You may remember in Decembers ‘In the Garden’ offering, their was an invitation to allow herbs and plants to go to seed? You may have noticed that now is the perfect time to prepare to harvest these herbs and cultivate their seeds for months to come.

  • Pluck a cherry tomato from your garden bed, and place in between clean cloth or kitchen paper (or even a coffee filter if you use these). Any porous yet sturdy paper is sufficient.
  • Squeeze your cherry tomato between two folds of kitchen paper. 
  • Remove the fleshy parts of the fruit, ensuring that only seeds are remaining. Make sure they are spread roughly evenly apart, and fold over the towelling again.
  • Allow your folded paper to dry out completely, by popping it in a windowsill or somewhere there is direct light. 
  • When dry, cut seed paper into small quarters and keep in a paper or cloth bag over winter, ensuring air can circulate.
  • When the time is right for sowing, place the square seed sheets in your garden around 6mm under the soil. You may prefer to grow them in a starter pot to keep a closer eye on them.
  • To nurture, mix liquid fertilizer with water and spray daily.
  • Once they reach 7-10cm they can be replanted in a permanent home in your garden.

Harmony 

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