Gardens & Ecology

Container Gardening

Even if you don't have much space, you can still make a green oasis at your home. Ceramic & plastic pots make great places to grow the garden of your dreams. In fact, some herbs prefer growing in containers! In this post I am going to share some of my favorite container plants and how… Continue reading Container Gardening

Herbalism

Harvesting and Making :: creative ways to utilize your herbs

During long walks around neighborhoods and gazing into front yards I have noticed something - a lot of people are growing herbs. Rosemary, Oregano and Lavender are all common plants in this dry climate and all are flourishing during summer but, I am not so sure how often people are actually using the herbs they… Continue reading Harvesting and Making :: creative ways to utilize your herbs

Wild Recipes

Herbal Pesto :: with wild greens and weeds

Traditionally pesto is made with fresh basil leaves, nuts, olive oil & grated cheese but there are many alternative recipes that I am going to share with you in this post, including pestos made with edible weeds and garden herbs. Today I will be sharing my recipe for pesto made primarily with a common garden… Continue reading Herbal Pesto :: with wild greens and weeds

Gardens & Ecology

Garden Journal : harvesting summer

I spent the weekend outside and enjoying the perfect summer weather. Our garden is in full swing, there is so much collecting, transplanting and organizing to do so I photographed the highlights of my summer garden chores to shar with you all. Crafting bouquets of lavender, marigolds and lemon balm, these will dry in the… Continue reading Garden Journal : harvesting summer

Gardens & Ecology

The Benefits of an Herbal Garden

Many people are getting into gardening for the first time while others are seasoned gardeners appreciating all the work that has gone into their plot over the years. I suppose I fall somewhere in between and have been tending to small gardens for years, last year my partner and I took our garden to the… Continue reading The Benefits of an Herbal Garden

Herbalism

Orange Peel and Lemon Verbena Tea

In our house we make herbal tea daily and have been drinking a combination of lemon verbena leaves & orange peel tea for relaxation and immune system support plus Reishi mushroom tincture for the last several months. This formula is immune supporting (orange peel + reishi) and also relaxing (lemon verbena). This isn't necessarily the… Continue reading Orange Peel and Lemon Verbena Tea

Herbalism

Backyard Herbalism :: Lemon Verbena

One thing I love about South America is that Lemon Verbena grows into trees: In this area the locals collect lemon verbena (in Spanish cedrón) from backyards and old herb plantations for sale by the kilo. Most commonly cedrón is used in yerba mate or as a tea by itself. During these past few months… Continue reading Backyard Herbalism :: Lemon Verbena

Herbalism

Backyard Herbalism : Growing Calendula

Beginner herbalists and gardeners just getting started with their herbal garden find no better plant than Calendula officinalis. This herb/flower is much loved by bees & butterflies, has many medicinal properties, and is a useful pest deterrent to plant alongside tomatoes & other crops. Calendula is an easy to grow herb that I have been… Continue reading Backyard Herbalism : Growing Calendula