Hi, I'd love to hear what's in your garden, and look at any garden pics you post. I've got a few pics up at my lj as well as my "planted today" lists.. which if you check out you might notice some of which are daringly late this year, as I didn't start seeds under lights this early spring (I was growing wheat grass for my cats) :D I'm in Massachusetts where the growing season kinda doesn't start until the end of May anyway, lots of short season crops for me, especially this year. How about you? Where do you garden?I've been into permaculture, organic gardening, heirloom seed, biodiversity, herbs, and companion planting for 4 or 5 years now, before that I lived in an apartment with no patio, so my living room had big tables full of herb plants up against every window. Man is it awesome to be able to get to know how to garden on the land! I love it.So, what's in your garden this year, what are your favorites to grow, are you trying any new things this year, what are some of your uses for what you grow? Whatever you want to tell me about is fun.
I have mostly herbs in my yard right now. Not cooking herbs, but things that have had a reputation as being medicinal herbs. I have comfrey, elecampane, witch hazel, Joe Pye weed, etc. I have rosemary that over winters in the house and datura because it's pretty. I haven't done much with them, but I like the idea of have herbal cures that look nice around the house.
Good for you that you're able to successfully overwinter your rosemary in the house - I haven't pulled that one off yet - this time I'm going to try keeping it in a big pot and not putting it in the ground at all for the summer, as I saw a friend do that. Do you think that will work, or do you have any other tips?I looove the comfrey, I've got lots of it, and make a salve of it and plantain yearly. I also usually wind up doing at least one poultice of comfrey every summer, one year it cured my boyfriend's shin splints in one 10-minute application! I just whirl it in the cuisinart with a touch of water, olive oil, and honey, to make a nice goo, apply thickly, and cover/wrap lightly with cheesecloth. (It's still so messy you kinda have to sit still when it's on anyway) :)
My success with rosemary came when I got a grow light for winter. I give it about 8 good hours of sunlight, mist it occasionally and it looks ok. I set it outside as soon as weather permits and then it takes off.
Thanks for this, I'm going to try it - I have the grow light, just never used it for rosemary before, and I feel like that will be the thing that finally helps me stop murdering rosemaries. :)