Over the weekend I was blessed with quite a few Butterflies (I installed a Buddleia early this year) and saw a Lacewing which so far, I don’t recall seeing one in the last few years in either my garden or allotment …

I also got out and secured a second batch of Nettle Seeds (I started using these and foraging for them last year), they are great added in practically anything from smoothies to porridge, salads, soups etc etc! This year has been a little weird with the weather and so, they are ripening far too quickly and soon won’t be available so get out soon and get snipping! I’ve now got 3 seed tray bottoms full of Nettle seed stalks drying out on windowsills, I estimate that if you find good decent nettle seed, that a half shopping carrier bag to a full one will supply a small family with enough till next season.

Elderberries are already ripening everywhere I go, again, since it has been such a dry summer, I’ve observed that many of them have already rejected much of their fruit as a survival tactic, so only take what you need and don’t overdo it. I have a couple recipes for Elderberry so as usual, I would recommend you immediately freeze them when you get home as you may not have gotten enough on your first session to make something – also, they are far easier to remove from their flower stalks when frozen.

Elderberries do wonders for our immune systems, hence why nature gives them to us just at the end of summer towards the cold / hibernation / dormancy months …

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  1. Helen says:

    I was planning on foraging for blackberries later today, as I’ve heard they are starting to be ready, so I’ll look out for elderberries as well. I wonder if the two would work together in a jam.

    How do you preserve the nettle seeds?

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    • jeffpermie says:

      Yup I’m planning a Blackberry / Elderberry mix as well … For the nettle seeds I simply sun dry them then spend some time rubbing them off of the stems, after that it is simply placing them into a jar and leaving aside for use in cooking, smoothies, porridge etc …

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      • Helen says:

        When I went foraging in Friday, I discovered that the elderberries aren’t ripe here. This is good for the sake of the birds, I’m glad there isn’t a glut with nothing later.
        Thanks for the info about drying nettle seeds.

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      • jeffpermie says:

        It’s weird, I harvested a half carrier bag of Elderberries today and found random trees where the berries were barely past the green stage despite a large bush merely 20 meters away having fruit mostly past usefull-ness. My personal observation is that trees / bushes that get the late afternoon / evening sun are ripening sooner than morning sun receiving trees. That’s just my theory though :).

        Keep in mind, nature always finds a way when some trees / shrubs have an off year in fruiting

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      • Helen says:

        I think yes it is to do with the strength of the light. The ones I’ve seen are quite sheltered. But I’m happy to wait 😊
        You got a good haul, anyway!

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      • jeffpermie says:

        I did BUT, there are so many recipes I want to try this year…. Elderberry Champagne, Elixir
        (I made it last year and it is super great for colds / immune system boosting in winter) and I would like to do a jam this time around.

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