Sage Hill Gardens

Autumn…a time to slow the pace

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!
Humbert Wolfe~

And…Skillet Sandwiches!! (Aka…Panini’s) The only time I simply cannot say no to ‘bread.’
My choice is Flatbread…
Choice of cheese…mine is Gouda…
Sweet onion…
Jalapeno pepper…
Red Bell pepper…
Splash of fresh lemon juice or a sprinkle of lemon zest…
Salt & pepper
Choice of meat..if any…chicken, turkey or ??
Layer small amounts of ingredients onto your bread and ….
Using a large black iron skillet (griddle pans work nicely too) Small amount of olive oil…heat skillet and flip sandwich until desired browning has been achieved.

A sweet cup of hot chocolate laced with a dash of Cayenne pepper is …too perfect!!

All about the herb Comfrey~

Comfrey is a tall, rough-leaved plant found growing in waste places and old fields…and, in raised beds at Sage Hill Herb Farm~ Comfrey leaves are a main ingredient in a healing salve used for wounds, scratches, sunburn and a variety of other skin irritations. The leaves and roots go into tea along with other herbs for coughs and congestion—and especially for an asthma tea.

Comfrey has several medicinal actions. It is known as a vulnerary and as an astringent. These properties make it useful in the healing of minor wounds, both internal and external. Comfrey can be used for minor injuries of the skin, where it will work to increase cell production, causing wounds to heal over rapidly. It can be used internally for stomach and duodenal ulcers, where it will have the same effect. Comfrey is also demulcent, producing mucilage that coats and soothes irritated tissues. It will help reduce inflammation, and at the same time lessen scarring.

Comfrey also has expectorant properties and has a relaxing effect on the respiratory membranes. Since it helps relax and soothe membranes, it is useful in coughs, asthma, and bronchitis. As an astringent, comfrey can also help control slow bleeding, as in the case of ulcers.

Comfrey root should be dug in the spring just as the new shoots are breaking ground….clean, slice, and dry. Leaves can be harvested at any time but best when the plant is in the bloom stage.

Tie into small bundles and hand upside down to dry, out of the sun and with good ventilation is a must, check often to make sure the leaves are not molding or turning black. (If this happens…discard to the trash and start over.)

Comfrey makes a wonderful fertilizer for the garden and added to the compost pile will activate it to do what it is designed to do…cook! (heat to the point of breaking down bad bacteria etc.)

Great history of Comfrey here…

Comfrey leaves were used in WWI and WWII when bandages were in short supply.

A compound isolated in comfrey was used in laboratory tests. When large doses of the compound were given to rats, tumors developed. While no problems have been reported in humans using the whole leaf or root, caution should be used, and the plant taken internally for only moderate periods of time.
By all means rake enough leaves to mulch any winter garden beds and add what is needed to your compost pile…equal amounts of brown and green for the compost.

If you need instruction in compost building…you can find it on the Sage Hill Gardens website.

Do you know?? It is only 78 days until Christmas Eve….Just saying~
Happy Autumn and God Bless America~

Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens

32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tn. 37144