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Mother's Herbal Musings
Mother's Herbal Musings
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Portland, OR, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Chris Muscat Eliza Corona Paul Ciaramitaro Reed Burnam

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My Garden List for 2012

Project: Mother's Herbal Musings

I shall have multiple gardens all abundant in herbs. I will introduce those I love to the plants that love us! Nourishing each other and growing together.

The greenhouse is currently loaded with; German Camomile, Mugwort, Fennel, Basil (sweet and Cinnamon), Thyme, Sage, Calendula, Nettle, Yarrow, Lavender, Horehound, Feverfew, Lemon Balm, Catnip, Valerian, Mullein, Red Clover, and a few Mints.

Where I reside currently I haven't the space for the herbs that I am growing. I am hoping for massive returns at harvest for medicines and teas. I will be planting the majority of my plants at my parents house, four hours north.

I will be transporting many seedlings to them while direct sowing a few of the herbs, and most of the decorative flowers (including two strains of Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cosmos, Bachelor's Buttons, and Jasmine Scented Nicotiana). I will not be "home" with them during the growing season. I will only be setting them up and checking in perhaps once during the summer, and again to help them harvest. My Father has no idea what he is in for, but I know he will truly enjoy both the improved landscape and the luxury of working with and learning about the plants.

I have been teaching my Dad about the appropriate times to cut each of the herbs, as many provide two cuts (some more) during a growing season. I am very excited to provide this opportunity he would not have other wise considered! Soon, my parents will want to grow their own herbs...I hope!

When I arive for the initial planting, my Father & I will also design and build a solar dehydrator which he will use for the herbs and vegetables that he plans to grow this year. My Dad is a genius carpenter and I am hoping to build one for myself with him and bring it back for the farm! (We are also building Honey Moon Farm a fish smoker - needless to say, my visit home to the rents will be laborious and productive!) We also have swales to dig for watering, chopping and mulchinhg many existing weeds...ahhh this WILL be laborious~!

I have also been educating my father on fast methods of composting (hot composting) this will provide us with rich soils to start our seeds and seedlings in. Dad has been saving ashes from the woodstove, leaves from the yard, grass clippings, and even some fish guts (when he has been fortunate to catch one!) which he has been freezing for future emulsions. About 20 days before my arrival home, I will begin to really go over the details of the hot composting and walk my Dad through an 18 day journey of achieving humus....hope he pulls it off! He's a smart man, so I am sure he will! I believe!

I will also spread the herb love to my girlfriend (also up north...they just have more land there to play withup there). For her, I will provide a relaxation garden. Nothing real big, as most of my time will be spent on the medicinal fields at the rents, but she needs this theme garden...and so I will gift it to her. She will recieve valerian, camomile, and lavender....and I am sure I will throw a yarrow in as well to amp all the plants up!

Much on the agenda for this project!

I will also be growing a bit of everything on my list here at Honey Moon Farm. Yarrow will be stuick in nearly every herb or flower bed as well as Camomile. Both Yarrow and Camomile enhance the essential oils of other plants. Nettles will be placed where ever there is space...we drink her dried leaf as an infusion daily! Lemon Balm, Catnip and various Mints already spread throughout the corners and edges of the farm...it's lovely! We intend to grow large pots of our cullinary herbs close to the house for easy pickins, and the decorative flower beds that line the front and sides of the house will soon be filled with medicinal goodies! Come fall we will be rich in herbs! We feel really good about becoming more self sustaining as herb lovers, and for enriching the soils and compost with the herbs as well!

Herbs heal us, they send lovely scents in the air, and they make our foods tatse fabulous! I feel they don't get the attention they deserve. They provide natural medicines so rich and safe for our bodies!

My wish with this project....That the herbs I grow will speak to many, that they will heal and provide happiness to the bodies that grow, consume and share them!


More to come on this project....all in good time!

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