You-Pick Medicinal Herbs Garden, 2019 (In The Beginning...)
As Minnesota is gripped in a historical "polar vortex", we dream of the warmth of summer and begin plans for a medicinal herb garden in this spot.
The snow has melted. While we wait for the soil to thaw and dry out, we order seeds and decide to make the plot a "you pick" garden to help cover expenses of seeds/supplies.
Although it may be chilly outside, it is nice and warm in the hoop house. Seeding of transplants such as licorice, blessed thistle, and white horehound begin.
Soil has dried out. Ben hitches up the plow and turns over virgin soil for our organic medicinal herb garden. Chemicals have never, ever been used on this farm!
Garden areas are marked out with white flags and a map is prepared for planting medicinal herbs that can withstand cooler nighttime temperatures.
Excitement grows as flags with names of plants are added to the garden and the first plants are transplanted from LuAnn's gardens. They will thrive in the full sun!
Our first bloom:
Kinda small, yes, but not too shabby for being transplanted less than a month ago!
June 30, 2019
Weeding seems never-ending in
newly turned soil! Just finished our first time through. Whew!
Seed planting and transplanting continue, too.
July 15, 2019
Everything in the garden appears to be loving our recent heat wave. If I took time to stop weeding, I could likely watch them grow! Check "What's Ready" to see what is currently ready for gathering.
July 26, 2019
Signs are posted in the garden! Listed are the plant's common name, botanical name, parts used, and some traditional uses. If you are part of the CSA, feel free to browse when you pick up your weekly veggies.
August 17, 2019
Plenty of heat and rain have resulted in a lovely, thriving garden overflowing with all sorts of plants waiting to provide support and healing for all
September 22, 2019
Fall has arrived, according to the calendar. Continuing heat and rains have kept everything lush.
Thanks to all who have stopped by, gathered, and contributed money ensuring the garden will continue to "grow."
October 13, 2019
Above ground parts are starting to die back, thanks to much cooler temps this past week, complete with snowflakes!
Coming soon: group root digging!
October 28, 2019
Our final root digging day of 2019. Here is some lovely elecampane root.
Also being dug is ashwagandha, teasel, marshmallow, dandelion, burdock, yellow dock, Joe Pye, California poppy, mullein, red sage, lyre leaf sage, and wild valerian.
November 22, 2019
Planning, or should I say, planting ahead. Planted some seeds that require stratification (cold treatment) for germinateion next spring.
Now, a few months to sit back, browse seed catalogs,
and dream of spring 2020.