Cuttings 'n' Clippings Jun 1995

* Recently a good friend came to my rescue when I was suffering with a severe head ache. She brewed me some feverfew tea. Feverfew is an herb that we can easily grow. This perennial is a strongly scented 2 - 3 foot plant whose leaves and flowers are effective in easing migraine headaches while giving a sense of well-being. The flower is a creamy yellow about an inch across.  Here is a link to one of many studies on the Feverfew and Migraines.  

* Here is a secret from the beauty parlor. Are you getting your hair cut? Rather than letting it get swept away, use those clippings in your compost pile. Hair has a high nitrogen content like wool or silk. Six to seven pounds of hair contain approximately one pound of nitrogen or as much as is found in 100-200 pounds of manure. If kept well moistened, hair disintegrates easily.

* Problems with June bugs? Try this old-fashioned remedy. Place a pan of butter milk with a little sugar sprinkled on top in your garden or orchard. The bugs are attracted to it and drown.

* I'm sure everyone has heard that a pan of beer will attract snails. Well, if you're working in the garden and find you drank up all your brew, just lay your empty cans or bottles in the garden and you'll find them full of snails as they are attracted to the smell.

* Now is the time to try this tasty recipe:

Fried Squash Blossoms

1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil additional oil for frying
12 large freshly picked blossoms

Combine flour, baking powder, garlic salt and cumin. In another bowl combine egg, milk, and 1 tbsp. vegetable oil. Beat well and add to dry ingredients. Stir until smooth. Heat 2 inches of oil in skillet to 375?. Dip blossoms in batter and fry a few at a time until crisp. Drain on towel. Enjoy!


June, 1995