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Borage, A Relative of Comfrey

We’ve talked a bit about borage before, but it’s a beautiful and delicious plant, and deserves a revisit! It’s not only a great companion plant, but it’s a useful one to herbalists. Borago officinalis is a cooling and moistening relative of comfrey. This is important information to remember. We actually don’t have that many moistening …

Honeysuckle Fairy

Most will recognize that lovely fragrance of a honeysuckle and children love to pull the stamen in order to enjoy a drop of sweet, edible nectar (hence the name: honeysuckle)! Lonicera ciliosa, the orange honeysuckle or western trumpet honeysuckle is what we have growing here in North Idaho. The twining, trailing vines can climb up …

Cultivating Red Clover

Trifolium pratense AKA red clover is a great plant to add to your garden, especially if you’d like to improve the soil. It’s a great ground cover that replenishes nitrogen in the soil and is just plain beautiful. (And maybe you’ll find a lucky “4-leafer”!) Cultivating Cultivating is so simple. It’s right up on my …

Cultivating Elder

Elder (Sambucus canadensis) is a perennial. We are cultivating several elderberry shrubs on our property. It’s more commonly wildcrafted than it is cultivated, but today, I’m going to give you tips on growing them. When planting elder, you’ll want to place it in an area where it will get full sun or partial shade. They’re …

Harvesting Garlic

Note: If you didn’t read Cultivating Garlic, go back and read that post first! Garlic is something we use everyday. Unlike many, I LOVE the taste AND smell of garlic. Once you’ve planted your garlic patch, all you need is a little patience and be ready to harvest when the time is right. In the …

Cultivating Garlic

One of the reasons I love garlic is its accessible almost worldwide. Garlic is a powerful herbal ally, as well as an easy-to-find addition to your diet and lifestyle. Of course, you’ll likely have garlic breath, but just think of all the wonderful cleansing properties that are enveloping your respiratory system! Besides, the cure for …

Harvesting Lemon Balm

Let’s talk about harvesting lemon balm! Thankfully, because lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is so vigorous, it’s very difficult to over-harvest. It can be harvested all throughout the growing season by clipping several inches of new growth of the top of the plant. If you do that consistently before it flowers you will have many rounds …

Cultivating Lemon Balm

If you’re looking to add lemon balm to your garden (which you should!) there are a couple of tried and true methods of doing so. Lemon balm grows well from seeds that have been stratified for at least one week. You can start the seeds indoors and transplant in the late spring. You can also …