Garden Planning from the Heart Take time this month to make an intentional plan for garden projects for the season. Now that the ice has melted and the mud has dried up, the growing season is upon us in full. I choose 1-2 projects per month, whether that's rebuilding a trellis or spreading mulch, and … Continue reading Intentional Farmcraft: Garden Planning from the Heart
My herb gardens thrive on benign neglect, and one of the ways I support the plants' life cycles is by letting the kids cast seeds.
Last spring, we planted sweetgrass in the Botanical Sanctuary, which spread out across the marsh garden!
There are so few of these trees left that are healthy enough to bloom that it’s practically unheard of to produce nuts, because they need multiple trees--but this year, they did!
Plant herbal allies to defend your family from bites and your garden from pests! Grow, harvest, and craft your own herbal bug spray, while using herbs as companion plants to protect your garden from pests. Insect bites are a warm weather plague, from black flies in spring through fall tick season. As climate change decimates … Continue reading Plant a Bug Spray Garden
Nurturing at-risk plants is far easier than you think, whether you have acres of forest or a container garden on a fire escape. Start a botanical sanctuary in a pot in your yard! Guerrilla garden ginseng plants! Creating a project like this on a scale that makes sense in your life is attainable, reasonable, and … Continue reading Create Your Own Botanical Sanctuary: Learning from the Land
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
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
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
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