This morning, after braving minus 15 celcius and blowing snow, Mark returned from the mail box with a seed catalogue.
Medicine gardens begin with seeds. This is the first task to creating a medicinal plant garden: sourcing good quality seeds. Because during the summer and in the fall, you will harvest the plants from your garden to make medicine with, it is essential when gathering seeds that they are come from companies that know the parent plants of your seeds. This way you are guarenteed that the plants you grow are the plants you intent to grow. This sounds basic, but it is a matter of safety.
I always browse my friends Kathleen and Gord of Harmonic Herbs in Barrhead, Alberta website to see what seeds they have available. Every summer Kathleen and Gord grow medicinal plants for their seeds which they sell to those of us who wish to grow healthy medicinal plants in our gardens. To visit their site go to: www.harmonicherbs.com
The catalogue that arrived this morning is from Richter's Herbs in Goodwood, Ontario. Richter's is a second generation family run business that specializes in all types of herbs: culinary, medicinal and aromatic. I love spending a cold January afternoon leafing through the Richter's catalogue dreaming of my herb garden on a July afternoon! To order a catalogue go to www.richters.com
So, step one in growing a medicinal herb garden: research good quality seeds....