Happy, happy! I was so happy to plant seeds today! I woke up early because I was thinking, tick tock tick tock, time doesn't stop! The season is marching on, what are you doing, girlie?
So I got out my gloves and scissors and went to plant seeds (needed the scissors to cut open the seed packets)!
Oh, the fun of looking at the different seeds, how many to plant, how much space needed...each seed so different, some so round, some so small, but all so fabulous!
Getting my hands dirty definitely works my heart chakra! I also gave each plant a name-stake, which is just a piece of wooden bamboo that was part of a fence I bought at the dollar store. I like to make the writing elegant, or add a flower, or some dots...you know, give the plant some positive energy to grow, grow, grow big and strong!
What kinds of plants? Well, I didn't have time to plant them all (work intervened---phooey!), but here's what I did sow today:
Tansy (tanacetum vulgare), Aster family, also called Buttons. Reminded me of tarragon somehow, but it was used as a culinary herb in the past. Which is what I plan to use her for, maybe for her medicinal properties as well. To be seen!
Sweet Trefoil (trigonella caerulea) OR Blue Fenugreek. Tastes just like fenugreek but milder. Ooh, gotta try this!!
Mignonette (reseda odorata). Known for her heavenly scent, she's often used in perfumery and potpourri. I guess she'll be perfuming my front stairs 'til she hits my underwear drawer ;P
Speedwell (veronica officinalis). Good for tea. Remembered that she made a good stomachic, and thought I'd seen her growing at work. Now she'll be in my balcony garden so I'll know for sure what she looks like!
Evening Primrose (oenothera biennis). Oopsy. I was hoping to enjoy her this year, but I'll have to wait 'til next year as she's a biennial (so obvious by her latin name!). The 1st year she's seen as a rosette, then she sends up her spike and her flowers open at night, quick as a wink until noon, and then they're gone (unless I'm there to catch them!). Known for GLAs.
Fireweed or Willowherb. Also known as Codlins and Cream. She has some medicinal uses to treat kidney issues, but I remember reading in Linda Runyon's book The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide that she has edible parts. Good book written by Linda who used to survive on wild plants. Many plants, their edible parts, even a chart of the nutritional value of wild edibles (which I've never seen before). Funny stories too. and you can subscribe to her free newsletter here. Oh the joy of trying new plants in cooking!!
Vervain (verbena officinalis). Used for tea and as a garnish. Long list of medicinal actions, including being an emmenagogue and aborefacient. I just wanted her to spice up a dish or two :) and to add some charm around the garden!
Meadowsweet (filipendula ulmaria). Leaves and flowers edible, used to sweeten dishes. Many herbal actions as well, including as an aromatic, stomachic and tonic. Can't wait to try her and see what her sweet taste yields!!
I confess that I've yet to research them all---I was first checking out their growing conditions: where to plant them, how much sun (full or part), small or big pot (depending how big they get), moist vs. dry soil...You know, gardening stuff.
I still have some other seeds to sow, but mums the word for now! Tell you in another post, gator!
No way foraging with that big storm that blew in! I forwent (hm, old school English word on the tongue/brain at the moment) taking my bike, as I'm so wont to do...ran to get catch the bus and got wet lickedy-split! Hiking up pants to look like capris (to avoid puddles on the sidewalk) is not the best fashion style...Got stared at, but I was so high from working with plant spirit energy that I couldn't care less!
Curiosity Got The Cat: