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1/28/12 8:57 P

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mY VISITS TO THE TEAM HAVE BEEN SPORADIC. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE THAT WAY FOR A WHILE. HOPEFULLY BY SPRING THINGS WILL BE ALL DONE AND I WILL BE ABLE TO GET MORE DONE ALL THE WAY AROUND

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1/11/12 4:19 P

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Hi BLEHNER1;
Would you believe that here in cold weather I have dandelions growing in my yard not a lot but I have seen a few. With weather in the teens then to 60 degrees the flowers don't know what to do. Have a great week

Smile Joyce

I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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1/10/12 10:37 P

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Am considering brewing the tea. Right now I can't tell where the dandelions are but will be able to in a few months

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1/9/12 6:09 A

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Last year I started using dandellion leaves in salads. Since reading this I will expand my use and see what i come up with. they grow like weeds here in my yard.

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4/14/11 6:09 P

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I wish you lived near me because my yard is loaded with dandelions and I was going to pick them but my back will not handle that. So I will cut and put someting to kill them. Sorry but when I was a child I remember a friend of my family maing dandelion wine. Good luck wish you coul pick mine.

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I am a very easy going gal that loves people and wants to know as many as I can. I want to make new friends so I can enjoy more of life. When people get to 55 or 60 there are some that think life should be over but guess what it is just beginning. Maybe 50 years ago it was over but not now people are living longer and working in their 70's. I would have been if I didn't have leukemia and it does not stop me but I have good days and bad, so being home if I need rest, I rest, at work I couldn't do


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3/21/11 3:21 A

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I am expanding my dandelions by getting a bed better-prepared for them and for some other perennial herbs. I saved dandelion seeds from 3 plants that I started from seed--a French dandelion, I think--saved seed for each of two years. I actually potted one up so I could keep track of it!

I used to live where people bought special tools to dig them out and throw them away! I dug a few out, but was not very good about using them. I did get used to eating the flowers, though. I still do that, but I always let some go to seed!

I don't have many dandelions here naturally--just an imitation that the veterinarian of a friend of mine says is not very safe to eat.

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2/11/11 9:14 P

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Medicinal actions of dandelion could be summed up as simply cleansing. The leaf and root are considered an alterative, meaning they cleanse the blood of waste debris produced by our immune system and metabolism. Back when doctors used plants for medicine, they utilized dandelion for treating cases of “autointoxication,” a self-poisoning condition resulting from sedentary lifestyles, and diets of refined flour and high saturated fat.

Recent research demonstrates dandelion leaf and root protect the liver from heavy toxins, such as carbon tetrachloride, also known as Freon. My auto mechanic explained how he digs dandelion roots from his yard to brew, which he learned from his grandmother. As an auto mechanic, exposed to toxins, his dandelion brew is great for his liver.

Dandelion’s saw-toothed leaves are diuretic and high in potassium salts, supporting kidney health. The vitamin-rich leaf is higher in vitamin A than carrots, and also contains vitamins B, C and D.

Spring greens are tasty in salads, tossed with dandelion flowers for a splash of color. From late summer into fall, leaves grow bitter, which fosters good digestion. Add bitter fall leaves to sweet vegetables like beets, parsnips and sweet potatoes to balance the flavor.

Dandelion roots stimulate the release of bile from the gallbladder, which helps to prevent gallstone formation, and has historically been used to treat existing gallstones. The taproot also is a gentle liver tonic used in chronic hepatitis. Current research demonstrated dandelion root induces apoptosis, or cell death, in leukemia cell lines.

Dandelion roots contain inulin, a nonstarch polysaccharide fiber technically called fructo-oligosaccharide, which prevents fluctuations in blood sugar levels, while also feeding the good flora bacteria in the gut. Good intestinal bacteria play a significant role in a healthy immune system.

Fall is the best time for dandelion root digging due to the significantly higher inulin content. Fresh roots are best, and can either be boiled, also called decocted, or roasted and used as a coffee substitute or additive

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
~ Lewis Gannit


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2/11/11 9:13 P

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Roasted Dandelion Coffee: Roast cleaned dandelion roots on a cookie sheet for 4 hours until the roots easily snap and the insides are brown. Use a coffee grinder to grind the roots. For interest, add cardamon before brewing the dandelion coffee.

Euell Gibbons’ Dandelion Wine: “Gather 1 gallon of dandelion flowers on a dry day. Put these in a 2-gallon crock and pour 1 gallon of boiling water over them. Cover the jar and allow the flowers to steep for 3 days. Strain through a jelly cloth so you can squeeze all the liquid from the flowers. Put the liquid in a kettle, add 1 small ginger root, the thinly pared peels and the juice of 3 oranges and 1 lemon. Stir in 3 pounds of sugar and boil gently for 20 minutes. Return the liquid to the crock and allow it to cool until barely lukewarm. Spread 1/2 cake of yeast on a piece of toasted rye bread and float it on top. Cover the crock with a cloth and keep in a worm room for 6 days. Then strain off the wine into a gallon jug, corking it loosely with a wad of cotton. Keep in a dark place for 3 weeks, then carefully decant into a bottle and cap or cork tightly. Don’t touch it until Christmas or later”
** Of course, I'd have to pick from many yards for that many flowers.

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
~ Lewis Gannit


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