I am excited to share this picture with you all today. A couple of weeks ago on Facebook, the coversation drifted to the Moringa oleifera tree. I was gifted a few seeds from Fairdinkumseeds.com owners Leighand Manami Nankervis, of Australia.
I only started one seed, thinking that if it did very well, I would have to decide which one was going to be able to live(and I have the hardest time thinning anything). Luckily, it grew!! Check out my little baby Moringa tree. So cute.
(edited because apparently I broke the internet with my original huge photo)
I actually saw the sun today. It was less than 15 minutes, but that's progress. I don't complain much about the weather since there isn't a darn thing I can do about it, but winter has overspent her welcome.
This past month has been busy behind the scenes here at Herb Gardens. Check out some of the articles I have added to the files. Enjoy!
A frugal way to expand your herb garden is to divide your herbs. You can also create enough divisions to share with friends, or trade for even more herbs! What is not to like about that?
Herbal Question of the Day - What herb book are you reading? I am currently reading (for the 100th time), Dandelion Medicine, by Brigitte Mars. It is full of amazing information about the dandelion and how to use it in hundreds of ways. A classic that is also a MUST for every herb gardeners. That is only the tip of the iceberg on my desk however. I have so many herbal books, they have taken over my office and have started to creep into the homeschool bookcases. I suppose if the kids end up reading them, it would be considered part of Botany class?
Finally, I gathered a few more links about indoor gardening for everyone. It seems like this is the number one topic lately. If you need some more help planning or organizing an indoor herb garden, check it out:
It's been all about ginger for me lately. I add it to our diet in a big way during the last part of the winter when everyone is so sick of being cooped up, they go out and mingle while sick. I like the idea of having a little bit of immune support on board while we go out among the masses. Ha!
Even if ginger didn't help us ward off coughs and colds, it's just plain delicious. We make our own ginger beer here on the farm, and everyone alway squeezes the bottles to be certain that the carbonation is building up. No one wants flat soda of course.
I recently had the opportunity to taste a bottled ginger brew that was absolutely delicious, and I wanted to share. The drink, called Reed's Ginger Brew, is light and gingery. It has just enough sweetness to balance out the bite, and tastes very close to the perfect ginger beer taste that anyone who ferments their own is looking for.
Just in case you were out shoveling last month and may have missed some of my new content, here is a list of all the articles and other bits. Thanks for reading!
5 Herbs Used For Powders -Some herbs can be powdered and use cosmetically, or nutritionally. Check out a short list.
What is An Herb - Sometimes the basics need to be said.
How to Plant a Kitchen Herb Garden - If you usually lose steam taking care of an herb garden, why not start with something that greets you in the busiest room in the house?
The Beginner's Guide to Starting an Herb Garden From Seeds - Overwhelmed with the whole concept of herb gardens from seed? Check out this overview.
Russian Herbs - If the Olympics inspired you to explore Russian Cuisine, these familiar herbs are often used. Plenty of Russian recipes included.
2014 Herb of The Year - Celebrate the Herb of the Year; Artemisia.
How to Prepare Seeds For Planting - If you ever wonder why you don't have success growing certain herb seeds, perhaps the seeds needed an extra step in order to germinate.
Seed Diagram - I drew it and scanned it. Now someone has to at least look at my skills.
5 Herbs That Help Soothe Pinkeye - It's no laughing matter, but I firmly believe that Bob Costas could have remained at the Olympics with some simple herbal remedies. Yeesh.
That's it! Soldiering on into March!
Soothing and lovely, Eucalyptus deserves a closer look. I once grew a large table of eucalyptus for making topiaries. Then, when they were large enough to transfer to the form, I became so in love with brushing my hand over the flats of fragrant plants that I never did transplant them to the topiary form. Thus began my love of this deliciously scented herb. Recently, I saw a suggestions to hang a branch of eucalyptus in the shower, so the heat releases the scent. This is brilliant! If only I could find fresh eucalyptus branches in the dead of winter, while sick. Perhaps I should grow some in the greenhouse?
I like to make sleep pillows for my children when they are stuffed up, that contain the leaves. They feel like they are taking a little big of comfort to bed with them and it really does seem to help them get some rest.
I am currently sipping a cup of hot tea and watching even more snow fall on the 3+ feet that is already out there. Wow! I can't even imagine that someday soon I will be starting my herb seeds. It's a good thing that I have a little greenhouse off the side of my home, where I spend plenty of time each day to counteract the cold, dark days of winter.
I wanted to share with you a new page that I have created to address herbs and livestock. Since that is beyond the scope of this site, I thought it made sense. Here is the link directly to the page: The Farmer's Herbal. I encourage you to *like* and ask any animal related herbal questions there.
Seriously, all kidding aside, our voice of the Olympics; Bob Costas, needs to soothe his tired eyes. Of course, we can all just guess what's going on, but it certainly appears that the poor man has Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye) As it continues to progress, all I can wonder is if there are any herbs in Russia that can be purchases and used as makeshift eye compresses? Could someone give that man a teabag?
There have been many articles added to the Herb Gardens site these past few weeks. In case you haven't had the chance to see them all, check out this list:
A new month, a new list of herb articles. Enjoy!