Fall ‘preparal’

Starting today, a fellow intern and I shall be planting seeds for the fall harvest. Vegetables such as romaine, butter-crunch, etc (head lettuces). I am not one who is used to growing seasons all year long. In the sum of it all, this is great training for me. πŸ™‚

Below photographs, are a few trays of what we started. πŸ™‚

I come originally from New England where all four seasons appear in extremes. The snows are in tidal waves of blizzards in groups of three. Since climate change has reared it’s ugly head -in the past seven years snow has become more gradually less and less harsh in Vermont. . . Concerning, yes. But- this is why I am glad this internship has odd flows of droughts, to mild climates. I need to continue my grasp in being able to adapt to ever-change: the routines first world pampered humans assume every year/day is a bubble-fantasy .. Mother Nature is unpredictable at times, yet does indeed have a rhythm .. but if the balance is ‘jarred‘ by us in overtime-negligence; nature then has to re center it.. and this re-balancing is certainly not always so pleasant, to our desired comfort.

*steps off soapbox* -Continues on with the seeding post. πŸ˜›

So, what we shall be doing in regards to making sure we have an ongoing crop of produce – is to space out the plantings. The seeds will be placed in four packs with a gap of a week in-between each sewing. πŸ™‚ The produce we grow at our farm shall be helping feed delighted customers – anxiously waiting. They have been asking: “Do you have any lettuce ready yet?” for the past month I have been working here. πŸ™‚

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New herb seedlings! :D

I felt it would be a great idea to not waste the organic numerous tiny seed packets in my tea cabinet drawer. πŸ™‚ So I got right to it – and have passionate goals to sell all of the newly developed seedlings to locals for three dollars each. Herbs such as lavender, star flower (borage), calendula, Sage, feverfew, St. Johnswort, and even a few organic veggies: beet and onion. πŸ™‚

The lavender and borage began sprouting out of their seed coats a few days ago! πŸ˜€ ~ ❀

Growing Echinacea Seedlings: First time

As of two days ago, my Echinacea [Purple Coneflower] seeds started to sprout. πŸ˜€
This is my first time growing the seeds from the start. What a thrill and happiness it brings knowing that I am witnessing new life unfold before me. πŸ™‚ Witnessing first hand the process, and on a well-informed “high” of these tiny seeds/seedlings depend on me in order to become strong and healthy plants. πŸ™‚

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My maternal instincts, oddly come into play in personally feeling these are “my children.” I see plants as equals.

Just as animals,
beasts of all kinds;
humans and insects,
every living thing is precious and beautiful to me. ❀ πŸ™‚
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I shall take further photographs of the later stages of my Echinacea plants when they are about to bloom. πŸ™‚

On a side note:
I just tried out this years organic German Chamomile in tea form, and it was a lovely success! πŸ˜€

First two of the season. :) Seventy more to go! :D

First two of the season. πŸ™‚
Seventy more to go! πŸ˜€

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The German Chamomille Tea was heavenly aromatic, with a gentle floral taste. :)

The German Chamomile Tea: heavenly aromatic, with a gentle floral taste. πŸ™‚

Borage Growth Burst!

My goodness! While I was away in Oregon for a couple of weeks to take a Cob Building Course, my Borage took over its rather large pot. πŸ™‚ The flowers are developing beautifully in buds. To the point, that I just might need to try and transplant a few over into their own large pot! πŸ˜€

The German Chamomile and English Lavender continues to flourish as well.
Tomorrow, I shall be transplanting the seedlings in the trays into their own large pots. The seedling inserts in the trays contain the Zinnia Flower . πŸ™‚
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Growing Borage for the first time. :)

This winter [January 2015] I purchased quite a few organic/non-GMO herb seeds I have not grown before, to further my studies as a Medicinal Herbalist. πŸ™‚
Borage [Borago officinalis], also known as Starflower is great for Honeybees and for various healing medicinal properties.

It’s natural habitats are in the Mediterranean region, and flourishes well in UK climates and New England, USA climates. Borage is a self seeding herb, which is another bonus with future seed gatherings in the fall. It’s leaves and flower tops are edible. A great way to color-up your summer salads. πŸ˜€ I shall take photos of a summer-herb salad; or if you so desire – you can easily look up Borage/herbal summer salads using “google images” search on your own. Google, as many know in the cyber world has quite an immense image section. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
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“Traditionally borage was cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses, although today commercial cultivation is mainly as an oilseed. The seed oil is desired as source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), for which borage is the highest known plant-based source (17-28%).[2] The seed oil content is between 26-38% and in addition to GLA contains the fatty acids palmitic acid (10-11%), stearic acid (3.5-4.5%), oleic acid (16-20%), linoleic acid (35-38%), eicosenoic acid (3.5-5.5%), erucic acid (1.5-3.5%), and nervonic acid (1.5%). The oil is often marketed as “starflower oil” or “borage oil” for uses as a GLA supplement, although healthy adults will typically produce ample GLA through dietary linoleic acid.”
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Paragraph information taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage

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Setting up Herbs for 2015!

Three mediumΒ greenhouse containers areΒ just starting to show tinyΒ sproutsΒ of Sage, Lavender, Yarrow, Feverfew, St. John’s Wort and Echinacea. The center Hazelnut sapling of three is starting to show little leaves. πŸ™‚

A great sign to wonderful beginnings for the new year.
Enjoy the current winter wonderland outdoors everyone! πŸ˜€

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Mammoth Sunflower Seedling

Mammoth Sunflower Seedling

Never grew these before. πŸ™‚ Sunflower seeds are a great treat for chickens during the winter months when nutrition is low [due of not being able to peck for bugs, seeds, worms, etc outside]. They can grow up to twelve feet and twelve inches in diameter [head of flower]. Fourteen days of germination. πŸ™‚