Garlic Harvesting

It’s that time of year again. With the help of 2 of my granddaughters, we harvested over 300 beautiful garlic bulbs. After harvesting garlic, it needs to be cured for proper storage. We have ours hanging in the garage with a fan circulating air around them for the next 3 weeks. “It smells great!”

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Hummingbird Magnet

red honeysuckle flowersNative honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens ‘Magnifica.’

My friend who took this image tells me, “Each Spring a male hummingbird parks himself at the top of the trellis supporting this vine, and spends the entire summer fending off all rivals who would dare try to sip from HIS honeysuckle!

For more information about this wonderful plant, see these growing guidelines.

Calendula For Sunburn

A beautiful herb with a long history of use as a vulnerary (wound healing) and topical anti-inflammatory.  It can be used as an external wash for cuts, scratches, 1st degree burns (sunburn), and bruises.  It can also be used as a mouthwash for periodontal disease, laryngitis and tonsillitis.   Use alone or in combination with aloe vera to soothe sunburn pain.

Calendula

Calendula – calendula officinalis

April Herbal Classes

dandelion flower

Don’t miss our April 23 class on dandelion’s many uses.

Time’s running out to sign up for these April classes.
Get detailed class information here.

Herb of the Month – Dandelion: our Springtime ally.
April 23, 2013  6:30-8:00 PM

Full Moon Celebration
April 25, 2013  6:30-8:00 PM

How to construct a raised bed: grow more in less space.
April 27, 10:00-11:30 AM

It’s Seed Starting Time!

mexican sunflower seedlings
Our webmaster Chuck Landrey started these Mexican Sunflowers, Tithonia rotundifolia, two weeks ago.  Notice the seed husk still on the leaf tip at left.

With only six weeks until the last frost date here in southern Connecticut, seed-starting is in full swing. If you have any seed-starting questions, just ask! Cheryl most likely has the answer.

By the way, in the post below this, you can see Maia standing in front of, yes, Mexican Sunflowers.