Originally posted September 6, 2013
We've had a great growing season here at Milk & Honey Herbs- it was our first year providing the community with potent, live medicinal plants! Ourplant list is growing every day and we look forward to another exciting year of growth for the nursery in 2014. We've still got some plants available and will start accepting orders for spring of 2014 in the winter. In the meantime, it's always fun to indulge in pictures of medicine and flowers!
It all starts so innocently in the spring....
In May the woodland plants really start to shine....
Young Goldenseal emerging- an important, endangered herb
Goldenseal in flower
Partridgeberry and Wild Strawberry definitely get along
Young Wild Yam
Our Elder-Violet Polyculture
The newest member of our family, Cedar, with the violet harvest!
Getting into it...
Lady's Mantle Magic
The bees love Blue Vervain, another magical and long-revered plant- and nervine-extraordinaire
Speaking of nervines...
Marshmallow, a sweet and soothing presence in the garden
Bee Balm has an amazing "plant personality"
We were excited to put in these 3 new, sheet-mulched beds. They are sited on a slope and, using an A-Frame, we were able to lay them out on the lands natural contours
Our first year growing it- it's buds are so resinous and sticky it's no wonder another name for it is Gumweed!
Red Sage/ Dan Shen, an important Chinese medicinal. It's root, the part used, is bright red!
California Poppy Love
St Johnswort is sometimes referred to as "herb of the sun"
Sweetgrass in flower
Puslane has the highest concentration of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (the "good fats") in the entire plant world, a whopping 8.5 mg per 1 gram of plant material- that's a lot! Truly an example of food as medicine.
The Wild Rose harvest with summer intern, Liz
We'll use these blossoms to make wild rose elixer...and honey
Milk & Honey products at Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley, an amazing CSA!
~Hope you all had a great summer with the plants~