Monthly Archives: March 2012

Wild and domesticated medicinal plants

I’ve enjoyed using herbs/plants to make tea for many years, but recently I’ve been looking more in to the ways they can be utilized in preventative and therapeutic medicinal applications. One of my favorite teas is lemon balm (melissa officinalis) … Continue reading

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Dividing the comfrey

Last spring, I planted a comfrey (symphytum officinale) plant into one of the hugelkultur beds. The plant was from a 4″ inch pot from Rolling River Nursery (www.rollingrivernursery.com). Since it was such a relatively small plant, I did not expect … Continue reading

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Homemade potting soil from rotten wood

While planting the orchard last spring, we used several hundred gallons of rotten wood that was sifted through the rotary sifter to ammend the planting holes for the trees and bushes. The rotten wood of conifers such as Doug-fir make … Continue reading

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Wild Mushrooms

While taking a look around our soon-to-be homesite, we stumbled across our first wild Turkey Tail (trametes versicolor) mushrooms growing on a small oak tree: The funny thing is that this is right in the area that I used to … Continue reading

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Asparagus seedlings are growing up

Just over half (51) of the Mary Washington asparagus seedlings are up now. They range in height from just emerging up to 4 inches high. The oldest are starting to develop their first fronds. Here is a close-up view of … Continue reading

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Garlic is in the ground

I think I have stretched last years saved garlic as long as possible. Some of the cloves were starting to dry out and turn brown. These bulbs were harvested last summer from my first hugelkultur bed. They originated from a … Continue reading

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Asparagus Seedlings

We’re looking to start our asparagus patch this year and are growing it from seed.  I sowed ~100 Mary Washington seeds from Baker Creek (http://rareseeds.com/vegetablesa-c/asparagus.html) in to flats filled with our homemade potting soil mix. It has been about 2 1/2 weeks and they … Continue reading

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