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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Judith Lickteig!!!

Judith Lickteig (#3926) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Expert Level Herbs Merit Badge!

“This year, I am growing all my herbs in pots, which I hope to move to raised beds next year. Three new herbs I am growing are borage, catnip, and peppermint.

The borage flowers are beautiful! I’ve used the fresh flowers and new leaves in salads. Also, the flowers are a pretty blue and star-shaped. I like to freeze the flowers in ice cubes and add the cubes to lemonade or ice water. I’ve harvested some of the catmint for tea and for adding to cat toys. I’ll try to add a picture of one I made. I plan to send a photo of a cat toy and the pattern to the Wildflower Henhouse sisters. I have also included teabags of dried catmint for use as tea or to put in the toys. My son’s family uses a supply of catmint regularly as a digestive and a calming mint tea. I laughed when he told me that once, he drank so much of it that his nose became numb. Ha! I will also send the Wildflowers teabags of my dried peppermint. This is really a great tea for calming stress and insomnia. My entire family drinks it for colds or just calming.”


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    What a successful herb crop you have going this year. Love your darling catnip mouse too. My kitty would go nuts over it, I am sure! Congratulations on getting your Expert Level badge with your project!!

  2. Love that little mousie ! I make them as Xmas gifts and I use the polar fleece which is well nigh indestructible- you know ,red ears and tail and green body or visa versa. Sounds like you have the herb thing well sewn up .

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