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

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

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

Herbalism

Backyard Herbalism :: Lemon Balm for Stressful Times

I would like to offer up my favorite herbal ally and the most relaxing tea for these tense times. Lemon balm- Melissa officinalis – is an extremely easy plant to grow, in fact, once introduced to a garden lemon balm is reluctant to leave and will readily establish herself for years to come. But I… Continue reading Backyard Herbalism :: Lemon Balm for Stressful Times