I had already transplanted all the flowers and herbs I wanted to keep out to the back garden so all that was left was digging the echinacea. I left it in the ground as long as I could. I usually do not dig echinacea until after the first frost, knowing that the roots would be strong with their medicinal qualities but I am also an astute believer in the "whole" herb rather than the parts to be of greater value. So, knowing that the roots would not be quite as strong but then adding the leaves and the flowers I deduced that these plants would make a fine echinacea tea. Even better - I won't have to throw them away which would be a terrible shame. What I have done is washed the roots and will chop them up and let them dry. I will also lay out the flowers and leaves and let them dry as well. When everything has dried I will crush the leaves and flowers, gather them together with the roots, mix and bag. I personally love the flavor of echinacea tea and would definitely keep it in my stash; but I think this particular batch will head out the door to one of my sons, who is always catching a cold!!!
I'm working again this afternoon so Hubby gets Crockpot Pizza. He LOVES this so I'm sure to hear good things when I get home tonight. So far the crockpot cooking has been going pretty well. I'm trying to get him something a little different each day and I really don't mind. Crockpot cooking has not exactly been something I particularly enjoyed but when you have no time and you're used to eating well - well, what can I say - it's time for me to step it up!!