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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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9/15/2009 10:26:45 AM
Inspiration Fresh From The Farm
It’s all about fresh food this time of year. I get these cravings for slices of tomatoes on crusty bread with olive oil, salt and pepper. We made dinner the other night and many colors were represented, from green to yellow to purple. We had striped candy beets, French green beans and locally grown corn. It was definitely a sign of nature’s bounty. Ben and I had been to the Farmer's Market that day, and we were inspired. Ben, however, is not yet so inclined to eat many vegetables. He likes, as he calls them, "mixed-up vegetables"—corn, peas and carrots, and not much else. He does eat cannellini beans, a mild white bean that he...
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9/9/2009 12:58:43 AM
What's Happening at Weleda
What are we currently doing at Weleda’s North American headquarters? I’m sure at least some of you would like to know what’s going on behind the white walls of our beautiful office in Palisades, New York. Everybody is working really hard on getting our newest products on store shelves before October 5th. On that Monday, we will launch three brand new products, which I’m sure will really excite our friends and customers! We’ll spread the news soon… In the meantime we are caught in the annual planning ritual: since Weleda North America is a 100% subsidiary of the Weleda Group in Switzerland, we have to make sure that our ideas, needs and plans are well...
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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