• In the Herb Garden

    Dog Days of Summer on the Herban Micro-Farm

    We’re in the Dog Days…. Lots of heat and sun and practically no rain. The rain barrels are dry, so I’m dependent on my drip hose and city water (Yuck! Coincidentally, water-use restrictions have gone into effect in Northampton today.). The plants are thriving as I’m drooping! Anise hyssop, basil, bee balm, calendula, catnip, cilantro, dill, echinacea, holy basil (aka tulsi), mints, motherwort, mugwort, st. johnswort, wormwood, and yarrow are filling the garden and my shelves as I dry, tincture, and oil-infuse them. Our veggie garden is starting to really crank now too. The kale, chard, and sorrel are still coming, and I’ve been picking green and wax beans by…

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    Catch Me, I’m Swooning!

    Never one to swoon over roses before, I’ve suddenly become a devotee. It could be my age, I will admit. Roses are said to have a special pull for (ahem) “mature” women, and I’m now 43. But I lean towards the idea that it’s more to do with familiarity. Getting to know the antique Roses I brought into the garden a few years back has been such a joy!   Roses have been used throughout history not only for perfumes and cosmetics, but also for food and medicine. Though indispensable in my bodycare, somehow I haven’t gotten around to actually incorporating them into my diet, with the exception of vitamin…