Toronto's Virtual Seedy Saturday Begins Soon! This is a two week event put on by SeedySaturday.com/toronto
The Healing Muse will be hosting a free online workshop during the Seedy Virtual Event on Thursday, March 10th, 2022.
A Planning Guide for growing and using herbals for Herbal Infusions 🌿
Learn the basics of Herbal Infusion Remedies, from planning and growing to harvest - earth medicine!
- Planning the Medicinal Garden (no space too small!)
- How to grow your own medicinal aromatics
- How to harvest and dry medicinal aromatics
- How to prepare Herbal Oils with your garden herbs
- How to store medicinal aromatics
Learn the Do's & Dont’s about Medicinal Gardening and participate in a live Q&A at the end!
Thursday, March 10th, 2022
7:00 - 8:00PM EST
On Zoom, from the comfort of your own home.
HOW TO REGISTER:
Visit the following link to register.
The Zoom link will be emailed to you one day prior to the event.
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Medicinal Garden Sample Q&A
Do I need an outdoor garden to grow medicinal plants?
No, you can grow small potted herbs just about anywhere. A medicinal plant is simply a plant that is useful and supports our body, our health in some way. A great example is mint, thyme, rosemary, basil or oregano. These herbs grow well in pots and can grow all year long. Bring them in for the winter.
Where do I get seeds for medicinal plants?
Many cities even towns have seed libraries now. If you can't find a local one, look online and see if you can mail away to request seeds online. It's a great way to try out new varieties of plants. If you have a garden store near by, they often stock seed packets all year long. Your local garden centre or grocery store usually has seed packets starting in early spring and all summer long. One of my favourite reliable seed suppliers and seedling growers is Richters Herbs. They are northeast of the GTA.
How long does it take to grow medicinal plants?
That depends on the plant you have chosen to grow. Most plants can grow into full size in one garden season. Some plants may even grow from cuttings you get from a neighbour or herbs you purchased in the grocery store. I have done this with Basil many times. The long stems of leafy basil are sold near our apothecary in the small grocery. When I keep these in the water, they root and I can plant them in a pot to grow into full plants. Some plants are especially easy and great for beginner gardeners. Mint grows fast and continuously. You can harvest is anytime and take cuttings. Most people don't grow mints from seed because it sends out runners and spreads easily, as does lemon balm. The best way to grow spreading plants is inside buried pots or in raised bed gardens.
Medicinals that spread well, grow easily and quickly by seed are: chamomiles, thyme, oregano, borage, marjoram, dill, parsley, fennel, anise, sage. Some plants are medicinal but don't require you to grow them at all, because they just show up and volunteer themselves in your garden. For example: plantain, dandelion, calendula, mullein, thistle, feverfew, nettle. Even comfrey may show up.
How will I know when it's time to harvest my medicinal plants?
Each plant has its optimal time for harvest with the exception of every growing, all-season plants like mint or comfrey. They can be harvested pretty much anytime you have an abundance of leaves. It is best practice to take on only two or three new plants in your garden so you have time to learn all about them. For example, you can grow two or three different varieties of chamomile, lavender or thyme. This will help you learn what to harvest when.
One of my favourites is stinging nettle. The nettle is best harvested in late spring and early summer. When the young shoots are about three feet off the grown, they contain a great concentration of their 'medicine'. That's a good time to cut them down, use them in foods and dry some for tea (save this for the winter).
What if I don't have a lot of gardening experience?
If you are starting out, you have come to the right place. My motto is: try something new each year and see what happens. Seeds are abundant and nature has offered us plants to grow in so many different environments. I have had Joe Pye Weed grow to over five feet tall because it just loved the back of the garden. I have had golden yarrow shoot up to above six feet by the garage because it was protected there, from wind and had great soil.
I share this to encourage you.
Plants will grow but not always according to the write-up on the package, or on the internet. So just try and grow something. Nature is also very forgiving. If a plant doesn't grow, you can send it back into the earth and be naturally recycled.
Will the workshop be recorded to re-watch later?
Most workshops we offer are recorded and at least parts are available via a link on our youtube channel. When we are teaching at a community workshop, often these are available on the host community website as a link.
What is the best Healing Muse product made with local medicinal plants?
What makes this salve wonderful is the ingredients are sourced as much as possible locally. The beeswax is brought in from Prince Edward County. The herbal oils of borage and calendula are made locally from Ontario picked herbs. Sea Buckthorn oil is brought in from Cottage Country, one of the best sources of this rich, healing oil in Ontario.
We care about creating the best natural goodness blends for our customers. But, we also care about the Earth, the environment and sustaining our local communities as much as possible. Thus, this scar salve is a rich, soothing, healing example of that.
Thank you for Growing Wild with Us!