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The Start of Something Green
4/11/2009 9:11:00 AM

In April very beautiful things happen in the garden.

Spring is near, and we all feel relieved at the appearance of the first splendid flowers — Adonis vernalis (pheasant’s eye), Primula veris (cowslip), Daphne mezereum (Daphne) and many others. The greenhouses are now full of young plants. Soon they’ll be in the garden, strong and healthy.

We prepare the fields using several types of machinery. But just as important is the unique Biodynamic® application of the manure preparation.

For the mixture to reach the right quality and property, the manure must be stirred in water for an hour.  Then we spray it on the fields to support their fertility. We also fertilize several plants with specific metals and metal composts in very low amounts, as in a homeopathic dose, giving the plants additional medicinal properties.

An exciting task is the seeding of calendula directly into the field. After only one good week, extremely fine green rows of the germinated calendula emerge. This sight always makes us optimistic for the coming weeks of growing.

New this year will be an Arnica montana field, which we’ll use not only for medicinal production but also to show visitors one of the most important plants for Weleda.

Snapshots from Our April Harvest

Primula veris (cowslip) — used in Cordiodoron:
We harvest up to 250 kg of this plant. Its small size and tiny, delicate flowers mean we must stoop down low for many hours. A laborious harvest!
But in return we get to savor its honey-like smell.

Primula farinose (bird’s eye primrose) — used in Rx medicines:
We harvest only a small amount, around 80 g, from Primula farinosa. Its flower resembles a small ball.

Adonis vernalis(pheasant’s eye) — used in Rx Medicines:
This looks like a lovely miniature sun. Very rare, this plant is protected in Germany and is difficult to cultivate. We harvest the flowers and the upper part.

Pulsatilla vulgaris (pasque flower) — used in Rx Medicines:
This feels like a very friendly plant, nice to see at all times of the year. We harvest everything including the roots.

Daphne mezereum (daphne) — used in Rx Medicines:
This plant’s little pink flowers emerge early in the year. We use its cortex.

In April not only our medicinal plants start to grow again — the weeds do, too! So just like any other garden, we must spend time pulling weeds.

We get help in another task from some new field workers: ducks. They are the best staff for the job of preventing snails from disturbing the freshly planted fields. The ducks eat them up!

We’re creating a brand-new Juniperus communis (common juniper) area. Just like our goal with everything in our garden, it features the plant’s natural habitat and typical plant society.
 
I cherish the chance to closely observe the development of the plants throughout the year. Every season has its own character and beauty, but spring holds a special fascination. 

This month I’ve been enjoying a new skin care product we recently introduced in Germany.  It has a wonderful smell and consistency. But I’ll stay quiet for now until it becomes available in North America in October. Then you too can experience its fresh rejuvenation!

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