Yep, I did it again!
I passed by the flower market and got a few more additions to the balcony garden.
While I was there, there was a lady who was saying the same thing as I had in the past, that her sowed seeds hadn't shown and her plants were still slowly coming in, nothing much in bloom.
The flower market man said that wind, less so than cold, was the real culprit.
How so, I inquired?
He said that wind burned the leaves and also destroyed the stems of plants; hence the destruction led them unable to recover. He said the Tomato plants, for example, had suffered many burned leaves due to the wind factor.
In permaculture, wind is definitely a factor to consider when thinking about designing a site, whether a garden or landscape. And as many people know, wind gusts can be crazy and topsy turvy in the city, due to the presence of many buildings. Planting close to a fence can be one trick that can help, as can using stakes if you know plants are susceptible to toppling over (e.g. Borage or Peonies). You could also consider planting in a pot and then bringing in the plant during windy days. Another solution, if you have the space, is to use a greenhouse.
So, what did I pick up at the flower market today?
Ha ha, the flower market man, while he was arranging the flowers on the rack, was smelling them as he was checking them. He was also looking for a Spanish Lavender he had purported to have seen, when I asked him if he had any more Lavender plants. He rubbed his nose and said that just smelling the Thyme, Mint and Sage, his sinuses had gotten cleared out!
Wow, I told him, you're quite sensitive to smells. He shrugged his shoulders, didn't seem to know anything about it. In fact, later on during our conversation, when I told him I had studied naturopathy and that I had taken some herb classes, I was telling him that Bergamot made a great tea and that Bugleweed was a tea that helped to clear lung issues. He was surprised, didn't know anything about it...
The woman I was talking to at the flower market was also surprised when I mentioned a few of the herbs being edible. I told her last year I had made a Lavender perfume and she said oh that's nice, how lovely, yet it crossed my mind that just in talking to these 2 individuals that many people are unaware of the value (medicinal, edible or both) of what's growing right below their feet in their own garden!!
It gave me the idea to perhaps contact the horticultural group in my area and ask if they'd be interested in some weed walks, where I could yack on about the benefits of many common plants. To be seen...
All for now, see you next time, sunshine :)
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