herb farming

Become a Biodynamic Gardener, and grow your own. Learn about “the buddy system” and “companion plantings” as well as composting and crop rotation. Certain plants benefit by growing near other plants: tall crops can provide a canopy for shorter crops; leeks will repel carrot flies; include flowering herbs and perennials to attract beneficial insects. 

Illustration:  Genevieve Simms 

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April 12, 2017

Yesterday I planted the herbs I’d picked up the day before - thyme, oregano, sage, and rosemary. I left a space for basil, which will come later. Basil is more tender than the other four and the current average overnight temps - about 5C - are too low. Basil also has a higher water requirement than its eventual pot-mates, but I’ve found in the past that this planter is large enough that I can water the basil without overwatering the others, which are all arid Mediterranean-adapted types.

I also picked up a dwarf thornless blackberry - the nursery brand is Bushel and Berry and the variety is called Baby Cakes - as a fun experimental addition. Blackberries grow here with no trouble - in fact they have rather too little trouble, and tend to overtake open lots, the edges of forests along roadways, etc. I don’t have the space (or the inclination) to wrestle year after year with thorny brambles but I do love blackberries, so I can’t wait to see how this goes!

Lastly, the current state of my peas. Growing 🌱

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Instead of disappearing into the woods today I decided to cope by harvesting lavender. Gods did it make things easier, it’s impossible to be sad when you are surrounded by the soothing energy of lavender. I spent a good amount of time amongst the field, I whispered songs to the plants and told them of my troubles. I even found some baby praying mantids, they looked almost purple in color. Also there was a ton of honey bees, I haven’t seen that many in awhile, they were all over everything they hung out in the lavender I had collected, and some even hung out on me. I wonder if they could tell I was sad and were trying to make me feel better.

Anyway I figured I would post the pictures of my harvest. I need to think of things to use all this lavender for now.

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photos taken at our family friends farm the Golden Earthworm Organic Farm,  it is a NOFA-NY certified organic CSA farm with 80 acres of active production.

Lemon balm, with its delicate lemon scent and flavor, is valued as a culinary, cosmetic and medicinal herb. Fresh sprigs are used to top drinks and as garnishes on salads and main dishes. Fresh or dried leaves make a refreshing tea, either iced or hot.

Used throughout history as a medicinal herb, lemon balm has mild sedative properties and has been used to relieve gas, reduce fever, and increase perspiration.

The volatile oil contains citral, citronellal, eugenol acetate and geraniol. Both oil and hot water extracts of the leaves have been shown to possess strong antibacterial and antiviral qualities.

(NC Cooperative Extension) 

Keeping your plants alive (for those with no green thumb)

Perhaps you’re a witch wanting your own magick garden. Or maybe you like cooking and want some of your own fresh herbs. I suppose it’s also possible that you are obsessed with the beauty of flowers- or maybe all of these! But… Everything you tend to dies, no matter how you try. My life has been this way since before I can remember- I’ve in my lifetime manage to kill even lucky bamboo and aloe vera. But I’ve recently learned a few tricks and now have a beautiful windowsill full of plants, and want to share my success with you!

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