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10/8/2009 2:56:04 PM
Harvesting Beauty
In October it turns cold again. This is the last month of the year that our workers are outside in the medicinal garden, mostly preparing for winter and bringing inside the plants that are sensitive to the cold. Of the plants that stay outside, we cover some with leaves and other natural materials to protect them against the frigid temperatures and, later, the snow. Even though October can be cold, it’s the month with the least amount of rain, and it can be so beautiful, too. The garden often looks very pretty, although in a way that’s considerably different from the summertime. The loveliness now comes from the colorful leaves, delicate seed pods and...
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9/21/2009 12:42:53 PM
So Long, Summer. Hello, September.
September is the season of golden, warm light. Just as the summer sun begins to fade, nature, the garden and the gardeners start to slow down. It’s time to reflect on the hard work and harvesting we did during the summer season. In September, Angelica archangelica (angelica) and Valeriana officinalis (valerian) are two of the last plants we put in the soil before winter. We harvest Allium cepa (garden onions) and Allium sativum (garlic) this month. These two plants are commonly found in vegetable gardens, but as many traditional herbal or medical books show, they are thought to help prevent some diseases. Capsicum annuum (chilli pepper) is another...
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8/31/2009 5:42:00 PM
Glorious Green Manure
Do you know what green manure is and why we seed it in our gardens? Green manure is any crop planted with the sole purpose of enriching the soil with nutrients and organic matter. Commonly used in organic agriculture, green manure serves many beneficial functions. In our gardens, we use clover, a plant from the legume family, as our green manure, and it has many benefits. First, as a reliable source of nitrogen-rich organic matter, the clover acts as fertilizer. Second, it covers the soil, serving as a simple weed-prevention method. Two years of green manure in the ground reduces weeds for the next few years. Third, as it flowers, the green manure...
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8/18/2009 12:19:22 AM
Summertime and the Garden is Busy
It’s the month when many people go on holiday, and that's true here in the garden. Many of our gardeners take a little time off to rest and refresh themselves, but there is still plenty of activity in the garden itself. Amazingly, some plants wait until August to flower, such as Eupatorium (bonesets), a plant used as a remedy for the flu, and also the beautiful yellow Solidago virgaurea, or goldenrod as it’s commonly known. Here are some of the other plants currently flowering in the garden. The plant Capsicum annuum (chili pepper) is one. It tastes very hot, which makes sense, because when eaten, this plant increases thermogenesis, the body’s...
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Categories: Gardening
7/25/2009 6:06:48 PM
The Itty-Bitty Insect Hotel
This month I would like to show you around our hotel — our insect hotel, that is! Our miniature hotel provides a suitable habitat for the insects we keep, which are so very important for cultivating our gardens. Keeping insects is a natural method of plant protection that is particularly effective in closed buildings such as greenhouses. They control the bad insects in various ways and pollinate the plants. The “hotel” demonstrates how easy it is to create situations that support insects. I enjoy observing how the different yet valuable little critters bring food and housing materials into each of the hotel’s little rooms. My colleague Heike,...
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7/8/2009 10:25:53 AM
Calendula’s Time to Shine
July is the month of calendula (Calendula officinalis), when we marvel at the fields of orange flowers. In fact, if I could, I'd declare it the official year of calendula! As you can tell, I like this plant very much, and it's Weleda’s largest crop. We use it in our Baby Care line and in our Calendula Toothpaste. In three or four days, we'll harvest the flourishing flowers, then we'll harvest the herba, the entire upper part of the plant. This is the only harvest we do by machine Another beautiful medicinal plant that comes to flower in July is monkshood, or monk’s hood (Aconitum napellus). Although highly toxic, it is beneficial taken in appropriate...
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