Early Spring at the Allotment

 

This morning was sunny and bright and I was looking forward to spending some time down at my allotment. I  had carved the time out of my crowded diary four weeks ago and I was delighted to see that the weather had been very kind. Perfect in fact, the ground too frozen to dig, but the bright sunshine and hard ground were ideal for cutting back some of last year’s growth without turning the soil into a compacted quagmire.

Part of self sufficient herbalism is being able to cultivate one’s own herbs. Having had the luxury of a half acre field in the past I’m now managing with an allotment. Space is tight for my needs but I still manage to grow and harvest a very wide range of medicines for my clinic.

If you like the idea of self sufficient herbalism and want to keep up with my medicine making, foraging and growing then follow me on Twitter or ‘like’ my Facebook page. To find out more about Myrobalan Clinic please visit www.myrobalanclinic.com

If you are planning to grow your own medicines then you need to be able to recognise medicinal plants at different growth stages and at different times of the year. The following photos show the plants that were visible this morning.

feb16 191

Agrimonia eupatoria (Agrimony)

feb16 192

Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)

feb16 193

Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)

feb16 194

Marrubium vulgare (Horehound)

feb16 195

Chelidonium majus (Greater Celandine)

feb16 196

Symphytum officinale (Comfrey)

feb16 197

Nepeta cataria (Catmint)

feb16 198

Verbascum thapsis (Mullein)

feb16 200

Cynara scolymus (Artichoke)

feb16 201

Galega officinalis (Goat’s Rue)

feb16 202

Primula veris (Cowslip)

feb16 203

Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)

feb16 204

Oreganum marjorana (Marjorum)

feb16 205

Mentha spicata (Spearmint)

feb16 207

Lactuca virosa (Wild Lettuce)

feb16 208

Verbena officinalis (Vervein)

feb16 209

Viola odorata (Sweet Violet)

feb16 210

Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry)

feb16 211

Solidago virgaurea (Golden Rod)

feb16 212

Phytolacca americana (Pokeroot)

feb16 213

Viburnum opulus (Cramp Bark)

Advertisements

About myrobalanclinic

I am a registered medical herbalist who uses a unique approach combining Tibetan Medicine with Western Herbal Medicine. I love my job - it is so rewarding seeing people taking control of their health and feeling healthier and more positive. I like to think that I help people get more out of life.
This entry was posted in Herbal Harvesting Year, News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Early Spring at the Allotment

  1. helenmsant says:

    Lovely time of the year to be out on the allotment! The best!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s