Growing your own food and medicine is so empowering for you and your family! Most medicinal herbs origins are of wild plants that grew without any tending too, unlike many of our vegetable crops. Therefore, they have very individual growing needs. Some are quite easy to grow while others require a lot more attention and specific growing conditions as well as optimal harvest times.
In this course, you will learn how to design & build a medicinal herb garden using sustainable, regenerative gardening practices such as Permaculture & Biodynamics. There will be focus on cultivating healthy soils, that will in turn cultivate healthy plants and help maintain soil vitality. Knowing which tools of the trade you need is another important aspect of successfully growing and harvesting your own medicine so this will be addressed as well.
How do you know which medicinal herbs you want to grow? Do you want to grow a mix of culinary and medicinal herbs, do you want to grow a children’s herb garden, do you want to grow an apothecary garden? This course will help you decide which herbs you want to (and can) grow in your medicinal garden. There will be 13 growing & harvesting plant profiles for you to use to help make your selections however other plants will be discussed throughout the course.
Once you have chosen the plants you want to grow in your medicine garden you will then need to start these plants from seed or buy transplants. There are many different seed germination treatments to consider with medicine herb seeds which will be covered in the course as well as what to look for when buying transplants. We will touch on potting soils and companion planting.
Maintaining your garden throughout the season is a delightful experience as you watch the plant grow from a seed into a beautiful plant that attracts the buzzing bee with its lovely flowers. There are certain plants that will attract pollinators as well as control pests naturally which we will discuss as well as weed control.
All medicinal herbs have specific parts of the plant that we harvest for medicine and this needs to be done at specific times throughout the growing cycle. We will discuss this in depth for each plant part as well as how to properly store your herbs once they have been harvested.
And then another growing season is done and its time to put our garden to bed. There are a few things we can do to ensure a nice garden bed to start the next growing season.