It's the last day in March and things in Rick's garden are neat as a pin. This is my second day back here prepping and planning for the summer ahead, but Rick has been busy all winter growing all types of greens in his covered beds and planting a zillion types of garlic in the main vegetable garden.
I am fortuante to have been invited by Rick to share the work and bounty in his amazing backyard. He is an avid lover of all plants and a very talented gardener, so when he gave me several beds to create an herb garden, I was overjoyed!
This will be my third summer digging in the dirt with him and he never ceases to amaze me with his sense of gardening adventure, so I decided to follow his lead and document our progress along with my other herbal adventures here and blah blah blog about it. You can read his blog at Expanding the Circle Gardens.
Last year we grew sucessful patches of Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica). This year I have my heart set on a nice harvest of California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and Rick wants to try his hand at growing Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).
Rick has a collection of five different types of mint. I split and repotted all of them today. Now we have ten lovelies to pick from for our teas and oils.
The Angelica (Angelica archangelica), Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis), and Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) – of course – are coming up well after their first winter. Lots of other herbs coming back for more love too. We'll have Calendula (Calendula officinalis) and Borage (Borago officinalis) that will volunteer in the bed corners and fence lines. Garlic chives and parsley will spray forth here and there. I love this so much.
Next week, I'll harvest some violets and make a honey, or maybe a butter... ox mt