Cool New Stuff at Full Circle Compost
Echinacea, The Miracle Flower
Craig, Liz, and Amber hit the road to Yerington, Nevada
for an Echinacea Extraction class at Longevity Gardens.
Echinacea has long been known as an immune-boosting plant. Though some
studies question the effectiveness of taking Echinacea extracts as a means
to fight off colds and other sicknesses, those who have experienced the
power of the flower cannot deny its benefits. Longevity Gardens,
run by Ed and Peg Jensen, is a quaint organic garden in Yerington, Nevada,
and has been working with Full Circle Compost for a number
of years building the balance of nutrients in their soil with Soil
Essence Plus and Soil Essence Elite.
Ed offers hands-on extraction classes that allow students to pick their
own materials right from the garden and learn step-by-step how to mix them
all together to create a two-quart jar of tincture that will last for months
and lessons that will last a lifetime.
Jensen from Longevity Gardens gives us an intro to the process
before sending us out into the fields to pick our Echinacea flowers.
tells us to get a wide variety of materials - some stems and leaves,
some new flowers, some old flowers, and even some buds. The diversity
ensures that we get all that the plant has to offer at the various
stages in its development.
And we're off! The staff of Full Circle Compost
hits the garden with buckets and sunhats.
Smiling as usual!!
Amber carefully selects
Let the Grinding Begin!
Add some seeds to the mix?
Time to add the roots? Hope you don?t mind getting your
Way to go, Liz!!
Put it in a jar and let it sit for three months!!
But while you wait
the goodness of a home-grown, homemade delicious meal prepared
by Peg Jensen herself. Everything on this colorful plate was grown
or made right here at Longevity Gardens and words
can't even describe how amazing it tasted!! Amber had two full
plates of dinner and several helpings of the homemade dessert,
too! The best part of the meal, though, is the conversation with
good friends and a great instructor. Thanks, Ed!!
Our extract was stored unopened in gallon jars and
rotated daily for three months. Craig added 20 cloves of organic
garlic to his special brew.
Strengthening the Immune System has Never Been So