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Calendula is not (only) for you

It’s starting to make me uncomfortable, seeing herbs described and defined by what they can do for us. And if we think they’re especially useful, they’d better watch out- we’ll hunt and gather them to extinction. Plants were not put here for people, as the old…

Ready for Winter Downtime

It is sad when garden time comes to a close. But we’re a bit tired after a long season and are looking forward to a little downtime. The Hadley garden has already had frost. All that’s left are some greens growing under fleece, as well…

Let’s Bee the Balm

Borrowing from Caroline Casey, host-creator and weaver of context for “The Visionary Activist Show” on Pacifica radio station KPFA, “The world is on fire, so let’s bee the balm!”. The idea of bee-ing the balm is why I started gardening with medicinal herbs. Besides being medicine for me,…

Shades of Green

Gathering together some of the herbs used in my salve and balm (pictured left to right: Lemongrass, Green Tea, Chickweed). Aren’t they beautiful? I love all the different shades of green. The aroma is pretty plantastic too! Seems obvious, doesn’t it, that Paradise would be plant-based…

Dominica, We Love You

Hawkeye and I love the Caribbean. There’s no place we’d rather be outside of the garden. We were shocked, stunned, watching as Hurricane Irma destroyed everything in her path. And now, with Hurricane Maria coming so soon after, so viciously, we are distraught and depressed.…

So down on plastic

Hype. Spin. Noise! How nutty it is that in this age of information, we can’t tell what’s real. My remedy has been plugging in to the garden. The natural world is the really real world, and spending time there puts the made-up, plastic world around us into sharp focus,…

Beautiful, Bountiful Basil

  The big heat of Summer is here, the time that Basil begins growing with beautiful bounty! We’ve just started delivering bunches to the co-op and I’m happily munching as much as I can. I’m a pretty serious Basil hound, using fresh leaves like lettuce and smearing pesto on…

First Herb Harvest

I might deny I said this come the rose blossom days of sun-filled June, but I love Spring the best. (Wait, I already have to take it back. The rushing in of summertime in the weeks around Summer Solstice is what I really love. Spring is just thrilling in a different…

Happy Spring!

We’re celebrating the first day of Spring by starting our planting today. (Indoors only! There’s still snow on the ground.) Kale is first on the list, and in a first a for us, Lemongrass. Every year I swear off tender plants that have to be overwintered…

Can’t find Spring? Make it yourself

If you have access to a forsythia bush, you can make your own Spring a little ahead of the calendar. Forsythia flowers will bloom early if you cut some stems and bring them inside. They’ve lasted over a week on my kitchen table and have…