How’d Your Garden Grow?

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Summer is dwindling away and most likely so is your garden. How’d your garden do this season? Are you planting fall crops? Cover crops?

I like to take the time in the fall to think about what worked this year and what didn’t. What did I get a good harvest from and what do I need to do differently.

I also like to add something to the herb garden, or at least start planning for the coming season. Some herbalists like to have different bed for different purposes. For instance they might have a herb garden near the back door filled with cooking herbs. They might have a separate bed for medicinals.

Antibiotic herbs
Antibiotic herbs

Some herbs are considered antibiotic in nature. Such as:

Garlic: Best for medicinal purposes when consumed. While you can create a garlic broth when someone’s ill you can always make a nice chicken soup with lots of garlic. It’ll go down better. You can add garlic to many different recipes.

Echinacea: We see products make with echinacea just about everywhere. You can make a tea from the roots and use it as a wash. Or create a tincture. The plant is beautiful in the garden and butterflies (and some birds) love it too.

Goldenseal: The roots are used as an infusion. They’re medicinal and is often used both topically and internally. It’s strong though, so don’t use it too often or too long.

Ginger: You can create a ginger tea to help fight against food-borne bacteria. Candied ginger is a delight and makes for easy consumption.

antiviral herbs
antiviral herbs

Some herbs are antiviral as well. These would include:

Lemon Balm: An easy to grow plant. Infuse the leaves to make a tea or a salve for topical use.

Astragalus: Huang Qi in Chinese. The root is used and often sliced and dried then ground for use in teas and tinctures.

Garlic: Garlic is anti-viral too!

Ginger: Ginger is also anti-viral

Some herbals are natural fungus fighters too. These would include the use of apple cider vinegar, garlic, echinacea, goldenseal and grapefruit seed extract.

Not a professional herbalist or a medical professional. Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advise or treatment.