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Homemade Comfrey Plantain Salve

I've been experimenting with making and using infused herbal oils lately, so here's my recipe for a healing oil and salve made from Comfrey and Plantain. But first, a few interesting notes about these wonderful plants! Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) Comfrey is a magnificent plant, although ...

Garden Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian is a wonderful herb that I simply cannot be without! It has been used since at least the days of ancient Greece and Rome, so of course it is steeped in history. Mrs. Grieve says that "It is supposed to be the Phu (an expression of aversion from its offensive odour) of Dioscorides and ...

My Garden Journal

Many gardeners keep a gardening journal of some sort. It can be a lot of fun as well as very practical in helping us remember what we planted where and when, what was successful and what failed, and of course to make plans for the future! That being said, I must admit I've never been good at ...

Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis)

I have admired this plant in seed catalogs each winter for several years now and resisted the temptation each time, assuming that our summers are too cool and brief for it. But after seeing it in person at Monticello last summer, I finally made up my mind that I had to have it! And it seems ...

Herbs in the Flower Garden

Last year, I planted some herbs around my new birdbath, and they soon stole my heart with their simple charm and delightful fragrances. Of course, I promised myself that I would grow lots more of them next year, and I have spent much of this winter pondering where to put them! I would really ...

Sweet Peas and Me

One of my absolute favorite varieties, 'Mollie Rilstone'My mom always said she didn't play favorites between my sister and I, and neither of us ever believed her; each of us thinking the other was getting something that we weren't. Now that I'm older, I know my mother was telling the truth, ...

Freshly Minted

Fresh 'Mojito' mint ready to be harvested. ©Kelly OrzelWhen I first began my foray into growing and selling herbs, I painstakingly planned what and how I would grow. Using all the knowledge I had up until that point and exacting standards—that was how I planned to set my plants apart at ...

The Gardener’s Version of a Selfie

 You know you’ve crossed the threshold of obsession when your idea of a selfie is a pic of your favorite plant at the moment. Most people’s Instagram and Facebook feeds are full of photos of friends at the beach, family gatherings, and their latest plate from the newest trendy ...

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