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
Medicinal Gardener Course Come get your hands dirty in this season-long garden adventure. This course digs deep into principles and techniques of organic gardening. Hone your skills to coax medicinal plants into being, while protecting veggies from insects and increasing yields. More Info
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
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 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
As the snow piles up and icicles grow from the eaves, tea becomes a central part of my life. Drinking a steaming, fragrant cup of last summer’s bounty in front of the woodstove on these long winter nights is a cold weather ritual that resonates to my bones. I love the seasons; I love how … Continue reading Homegrown Tea
This article appeared in the fall issue of Green Living Journal. It is a very basic explanation of tincture making. For a more in-depth exploration, please see the article Making Weight-to-Volume Tinctures. Throughout New England, gardeners treat themselves to the charming long-season blooms of echinacea, or purple coneflower as the ornamental cultivars are sometimes known. Folks … Continue reading Echinacea Tinctures From Your Garden
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?