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

Cover Crops for Herb Gardens: September Garden Tip

Time to Cover Crop! I know it's still hot outside, but believe it or not, fall is right around the corner, and that means cover cropping!  It's important to plant early enough that plants have time to get established before winter. Cover crops have tons of benefits in the garden.  A cover crop can create … Continue reading Cover Crops for Herb Gardens: September Garden Tip

Growing Milky Oats: April Garden Tip

Oat is a short-season, cool weather crop.  Once the weather gets hot it does its baby-making thing and goes to seed, which means you missed the milky stage.  Oat is direct-seeded as soon as the ground can be worked, which in my climate is April but for many people is March.  I often plant oats the day I … Continue reading Growing Milky Oats: April Garden Tip

April Workshops Scheduled

Free Medicinal Plant Walk Celebrate Earth Day with a calm amble to meet the medicinal weeds of spring in Brattleboro.  We will discuss how to find them, medicinal uses, and safety concerns.  Children are welcome. Sunday, April 22, 4-4:30 PM, Brattleboro location TBA Although this event is free, RSVP is required. Medicinal Herbs in the … Continue reading April Workshops Scheduled

January’s 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, and can now look through those … Continue reading January’s Garden Tip: Now is the time to plan!

Starting Medicinal Plants from Seed

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 center, and it can be … Continue reading Starting Medicinal Plants from Seed

Why I Don’t Pick the Flowers: Leave the Spring Ephemerals Alone

I love this time of year: the first wildflowers' hopeful surge to sunlight before the leaves cast shade on the forest floor, the birds' joy in life and love as they chase each other around the edges of the yard in pursuit of the next generation, the sudden sunlight in the midst of a rainy … Continue reading Why I Don’t Pick the Flowers: Leave the Spring Ephemerals Alone

Milky Oats Tincture: What’s the Secret?

It seems like folks have a hard time making a really good milky oats tincture.  When I teach advanced tincture making, we always discuss past "failures" or at least tinctures that didn't turn out how students expected, since there is more space to learn from our mistakes than from easy successes.  Milky Oats is one that comes up often (along with … Continue reading Milky Oats Tincture: What’s the Secret?