Winter is in the Horizon

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Farmer's Blog | 0 comments

backyard yarrowWhat to Grow

Cool cole crops.  Kale (really delicious after it’s exposed to frost) is a dependable crop anywhere.  Many varieties are reliably hardy down to zero, in the bay area we don’t worry about that.  Collards are equally hardy. In milder areas, broccoli lasts through winter with the added bonus of no cabbageworms. It comes back to life as soon as the days start getting longer.  Perhaps, try one of the sprouting broccolis, which are bred to be started in the fall for early spring production.  Don’t forget the tough greens:  arugula, chard, radicchio & lettuces.  Get to the deep roots:  carrots, radish, beets & parsnips are protected from the cold by the soil they are growing in.  Keep in mind that crops for fall and winter production have the same needs as spring and summer vegetables:  good drainage and fertile organic soil.  When the earth is cold, microbes in the soil are less active, add compost or other organic material as well as organic fertilizer whenever you plant vegetables for a second harvest.  It is especially important to renew soil that has just produced another crop.  Something that I’ve been told that I’m good at, is practicing PATIENCE.  Shorter days and cooler nights slow down growing, adding time to the maturing process.

Keep in Mind

As the Winter season approaches, we will all cross paths with cold and flu symptoms.  Either within ourselves or being around others who are already ill.  Before you pop some Nyquil, Tylenol, or some other Bayer over-the-counter “medicine”, don’t forget about the medicinal herbs; that can be easily cultivated within your living space.  Hardy herbs such as lemon balm, stinging nettle, comfrey, lavender, peppermint, yarrow, chamomile & calendula; to name a few.  These plants work by purging toxins, building immunity or strengthening an organ or a system to promote true healing.  Generally they are safe, gentle and effective in promoting balanced, whole body healing. It is easy to make your own medicine at home from your own home grown, organic herbs.  From The Ground Up.

P.S.  Ginger Honey tea we love you.

 

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