The sun is out, and it’s balmy 66 degrees today in Stanfield. I took the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and go for a walk down our lane. Winter is nice, but I appreciate living in the South where we frequently have the odd warm days in the middle of what is supposed to be our cold season. As I walked, I noticed that some dandelions were blooming. They are such a hardy little plant, and I was amazed to find out the herbal healing properties contained in the roots, leaves, and even the flower.
When I got back to my driveway and checked the mail, I found that a seed catalog had arrived. I can’t wait to sit down later this evening and pore through the pages, planning our garden for this year. As much as I hate to admit it, I am a lazy gardener. I enjoy planting things that require little effort. I don’t want to baby plants; I have enough keeping me busy around here already. That is why I enjoy planting herbs so much. They require almost no effort once you plant them in the right soil. The fragrant lemon balm is easy to grow with just a little cutting, and it yields a large, showy bush later in the summer. The leaves can be used as a calming tea or as potpourri. Basil is one of my favorite herbs, it not only tastes delicious but if you plant it next to your tomato vines, it is a good insect repellent. Rosemary, if planted in the right place will grow into an aromatic bush, and we cut from it all year long to impart a rich flavor to meats, potatoes, and eggs. It also makes a delicious tea that is good for memory.
Because I love teaching people about herbs and their uses, I will be hosting a herbal workshop here at Sweet Harvest Homestead in February. Check out my website for details.
That’s the news from the homestead, see you next week.