From Seed to Teacup

The Elecampane is flowering and the bees are visiting to gather their stores for the coming winter. The weather is due to change dramatically in the next few weeks, we can get a freeze from September onwards and certainly snow on occasion. After October, all bets are off and we have to be prepared. This…

It’s been a while…..

I’ve been reassessing a lot of my priorities over our pandemic experience and I’ve made a few changes to my herbal model. Primarily I’ll be making teas with herbs that I have grown, with a few ingredients thrown in. Green Tea and Black Tea will still have to be imported as they don’t grow here…

Tree Collards

Earlier this year I discovered the wonderful world of Tree Collards. Think about it, an edible plant that grows for years and you can take random cuttings to propagate. They grow up to eight feet tall [depending on the type] and make great edible privacy screens. Until my hoophouse gave way under all this unusual…

Snow….

I am totally done with snow now, and we haven’t really started winter yet. We had 18 inches last week and two days ago we got just under 3 feet in one day. A ridiculous amount of snow. My hoophouse has collapsed and it will just have to stay that way until spring. I can’t…

Marshmallow Leaf

Marshmallow Leaf is a natural source of beta-carotene, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Althea officinalis also contains large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, zinc and significant amounts of iron, sodium, iodine and B-complex vitamins. Often used traditionally as an aid to digestion and to line the mucous membranes. Marshmallow forms a protective layer on the…