Summer is always a blur of activity, and this time of year the activity is focused on the coming months which won’t be as hospitable and warm. While we are making our home comfortable for the winer, it is also important to consider what the fowl need to stay healthy through the coming season.
As a writer as well as a farmer, I’ve made a point this summer to catch up on reading about farming, lifestyle, self sufficiency, and the back to the land movement. Some books I’ve read before, some I’ve been enjoying for the first time, and all are important insights into their writer’s perspective on agriculture.
You may not think of Seaweed as a traditional “herb”, but it is as helpful as they come! Seaweed grows in a huge variety of different shapes, colors, and sizes, and today I’ll be talking mostly about brown algae or kelp which is the most commonly consumed type.
Mullein is an attractive plant with velvety leaves and pleasant, rosette-like flowers. An ancient helpful herb, Mullein has been part of healing gardens for centuries and continues to help gardeners today.
The hardiness of Comfrey makes it a great addition to your herb garden, and its many medicinal uses mean it can be a valuable herb in your home as well. With delicate purple flowers, comfrey is both beautiful and useful.
The summer focus on the farm has been clearing back the land. We’ve been working hard to cut back brush and turn our acres back to field since last fall, and a year later the land is starting to look workable at last.