Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring is Sprung!

Wonderful spring weather these days! Just right for planting early crops. There is no frost in the forecast for at least a week, and the days are going to be a bit cloudy (the best weather for transplanting) as well as warm. Tomorrow is another farmers market at the Grant Wood School in Iowa City (2-5:00), and I am offering a few things in addition to the ones listed in the last posting. Here are the new ones, all in 4 inch pots. All but one are perennials. You'll have them year after year!

-Catnip - relaxing, good for digestion, and of course cats love it
-Motherwort - wonderful tonic herb; gentle regulater of the heart; mellowing effect
-Wild Bergamot - good in teas, refreshing as well as relaxing; beautiful flowers
-Roman Chamomile - soothes stomach, pineapple flavor in tea, soft and durable ground cover
-Blessed Thistle - leaves as well as roots are eaten from this interesting plant
-Milk Thistle - it is the seeds of this valuable medicinal that are potent for strengthening liver and kidneys
-Shungiku Edible Chrysanthemum - leaves and flowers good in salads and stir-fries; Oriental heirloom
-Pennyroyal - wonderful aromatic fragrance, not taken internally these days, but good ground cover
-Maral Root - one of the most valuable medicinals; many benefits from this rare herb
-German Chamomile - the only annual in this list, but vigorous and showy, making wonderful tea

Stay tuned for more. Many other plants will be available in the next few weeks. The last pre-season Iowa City farmers market at Grant Wood will be on Saturday, April 23rd. Then there will be a plant sale to benefit Backyard Abundance at the recreation center on Saturday, April 30th, from 10-12:00.

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