While sitting in my favourite apothecary shop Mary Rose walked over and said
‘You grow herbs don’t you, why aren’t you growing this herb, we are finding it hard to source currently and the price is going through the roof.’ Why not indeed?
You grow herbs don’t you?
It was a herb I have grown and still had plants of at the farm. Taking stock of what she had just said I thought it over again.
I thought it over again.
Why wasn’t I growing more of this herb. Then it came back to me. The previous drought had ravaged the diversity and number of my herbs.
Maybe the drought had done me a service. Shocked me out of having 120 species which is impossible to manage.
Forced me to focus on a precious few.
So why not try again, who else do you know is doing this? Not many people. You could count them on the fingers of one hand.
Time for me to step up.
A quick audit of the plants to hand found more of this herb than I recollected. Good.
Do I have enough growing space? Yes. Inside three hours an additional four bath tubs had been weeded prepared and planted. It was that easy.
Like it had been waiting for me all this time.
The goal – 20 bathtubs planted like the solomons seal patch. That would allow me to continually harvest and propagate new plants.
Oh and the plant is …
Golden Seal – Hydrastis canadense