February And Thoughts Of Gardening ~~~~ Herb Gardening ~
Herb gardens can be traced back to medieval times when monasteries and nunneries were depended on to supply medicinal needs.
Today there are many pro and con debates on the use of herbs for medicine. I'm certainly on the pro side of that debate, but...my expertise is in "culinary." After all, if our eating habits are designed well our medicinal needs are less and less severe.
Herb gardening and the understanding of how to use what you can so easily grow is like most things, it takes some effort and a real desire to know. With those two things and a small plot of ground, or a few large containers (if you have no ground) your options are endless.
Whether using them for medicinal or culinary, it is a much more economical way to have what you need and want. A few good books, some internet sources, and a willing mentor (I'm available) and you are off and running.
I've had a few questions over the winter; one of them being about the herb, peppermint.
Peppermint (the plant) is a cross of water mint and spearmint. ) Native to west and central Europe where it grows wild along streams and water-ways. Peppermint does not have seeds and reproduces vegetatively. It is much loved and used in both culinary and medicinal applications for its high menthol content.
Peppermint makes a fabulous tea...Sage Hill Farms signature tea blend is Peppermint and Lemon Balm." Its a real treat after dinner or for breakfast. You can find it here: http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com
Another question was how to attract the Monarch butterfly to the garden.
One of the favorite foods of the Monarch is milkweed; I have found most butterflies are very wide ranging in their likes. Sage Hill Gardens has an abundance of many species during the spring and summer. They love garlic blooms, rosemary flowers, lavender, thyme, and oregano. Plant it and they will come. Their job is also to pollinate, so they may love it, but in return they are working for you to have a lovely and healthy garden.
Now is the time to start working your ideas for healthy soil (depending on your location.) One very good step to take if you are totally new to gardening is a soil test. You can buy kits, around $20.00 for a good one, or you can have your local county agent do the test for a nominal fee. Soil that has been built up with organic material (composting) will need much less doctoring than soil that has been abused with pesticides and fertilizers.
Regardless where you are starting, education is the key to success; your success is the key to your staying power.
Until you are successful at growing your own, let Sage Hill Farms be your one stop shopping place for products and for information. The products are chemical-free, top of the line in strength, all around healthy and clean. Oh- and very tasty!
The information is free for the asking.
You can find it all here: http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com
A reminder also, if you are looking for other special places to shop and learn, check our "Interesting Sites" link from the website. They don't have herbs or herbal products, but, .. ."one cannot live by herbs alone."
Note: Sage Hill Farm website is down due to some re-construction. Our apologies for the disruption.
If you need to place an order, or have questions, contact me by email or phone.
Wishing you a fabulous and fun February!