Goldenrod: August Medicine Journal

Get ready for goldenrod!  This much maligned plant is a wonderful ally for allergies, sinus issues, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, sore throats, and more.  It is wonderful as a tincture, syrup, honey, or dried for tea. Allergy syrup is my favorite way to use goldenrod.  I combine it with Tulsi, Nettles, & Schisandra, in … Continue reading Goldenrod: August Medicine Journal

Garden Planning: February Garden Tip

Now is the time to plan! Spread out on the rug in front of the fire with your gardening notebook, last year's leftover seeds, your favorite seed catalogs (mine are Fedco, Richters, and Horizon Herbs), and a mug of tea of course.  Ideally, you wrote down what went where and how it did last year, … Continue reading Garden Planning: February Garden Tip

Starting Medicinal Seeds: March Garden Tip

Get ready to start seeds! Starting seeds is a cornerstone of my herbal practice, not to mention my sweet sideline as homestead queen.  I highly recommend growing this skill, as it quintuples your access to strange and interesting plants.  There is a great, wide, green world of herbs and flowers out there beyond the garden … Continue reading Starting Medicinal Seeds: March Garden Tip

Identifying Lookalike Forest Plants: June Wild-crafting Journal

Solomon's Seal and Blue Cohosh are blooming!  This is a great time to practice differentiating look-alike plants.  Remember that Solomon's Seal blooms from all its chakras, with flowers all down the stem, whereas Solomon's Plume only blooms from it's head, with the flowers protruding from the end of the stem.  Another friend that is sometimes … Continue reading Identifying Lookalike Forest Plants: June Wild-crafting Journal

Long, Cool Spring Survival: June Garden Tip

This cold, rainy weather is very weird for the Spring to Summer transition.  I'm making the most of it by transplanting perennials like crazy and dropping plenty of cover crop seed.  Use this time to harden off your plant babies and finish up whatever cool weather tasks you didn't get to this spring.  Have you … Continue reading Long, Cool Spring Survival: June Garden Tip

Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

It's hot, and delicious tea herbs are abundant!  Take a cue from the weather and keep the fridge stocked with herbal iced teas.  If you'd like to relish these teas again after the flowers have faded, try herbal ice cubes and popsicles for a year-round treat! Right now, my family is enjoying homemade lemon balm, … Continue reading Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

High Summer: July Wild-crafting Journal

High summer is all about the herbs of the field.  Harvest your St John's Wort flowering tops now, as the flowers hold all the life phases at once: buds, blooms, and seeds.  Harvest the late roses for syrups, oxymels, sugar and salt, dried for tea, and every other delicious thing under the sun.  Rose hips … Continue reading High Summer: July Wild-crafting Journal

Feeding Flowers: July Garden Tip

It's hot!  Midsummer is the time for feeding your plant babies in bloom.  A light feeding when plants are blooming is a little friendly encouragement to promote more flower production, as long as you aren't using an overly nitrogen-rich fertilizer.  Consider a gentle side-dressing or spray of fish emulsion for flower medicines such as calendula, … Continue reading Feeding Flowers: July Garden Tip

Summer Meadows: August Wildcrafting Journal

High summer is all about the herbs of the field.  Be on the look out for Bee Balm, Goldenrod, & the wild Mints.  Keep your eyes on the hedgerows for late Elder flowers, and be ready for ripe Elderberries soon.  New England Aster will be ready before we know it, too, although it has a … Continue reading Summer Meadows: August Wildcrafting Journal

Supporting Garden Allies: August Garden Tip

Nourish the workers!  Allow stands of blooming wildflowers to flourish near your garden to attract pollinators and predatory insects. Small basins to collect water in the garden provide a mid-meal break in blistering heat to beetles including ladybugs, as they fight the good fight on your behalf--and the birds like it, too, as they scour … Continue reading Supporting Garden Allies: August Garden Tip