Photo of Calendula Bloom Other Herbs We Grow at West Country Herbs
Order Medicinal Herb seedlings for the year 2000

Burdock
Arctium lappa
Photo of Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Our Burdock in August this year (1999)
Burdock (Arctium lappa) a Biennial herb, prefers a moist alkaline soil. It does well in partial shade or full sun. We direct seeded in early May , this year (1999) and in rows 3 ft apart. We checked the roots already and they look good. The roots will be harvested in the spring of next year just as they show the first sign of reawakening. As an option Burdock can be grown on to fall and the seed harvested in the second year. Burdock is an ingredient in the Essiac formula.

 

Cut and dried Burdock root.
Dried samples of Burdock Root taken this fall, actual size.

Photo of Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Pot Marigold
Calendula officinalis
Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis) an annual, was direct seeded this year. We seeded it fairly tightly, in rows 25" apart, in a sunny location and they performed wonderfully. Later in the year, some plants fell victim to Asters Yellows, a phytoplasma disease spread by leafhoppers. Calendula is one of the best known herbs in Western herbal medicine. The blossoms are picked every day and laid out on racks, out of the sunlight to dry. When the blossoms have dried in about a week, the petals are easily removed and harvested. Next year we will probably get an early start, by transplanting seedlings into the field.

 

Photo of Calendula in the field
The partially closed blooms are a sign of coming rain.
The stems with no blooms, show where we previously harvested the Calendula.
Photo of Calendula petals after harvesting and drying the blooms
Calendula petals after drying.
All West Country Herbs are grown organically.

For more information on growing-E-Mail:roi@westcountryherbs.com

 

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