Sorry folks, but we have been asked by the Village of Lumby to cancel the May 13th Saturday Market due to the risk of continued flooding and possible severe weather. We’ve never had to cancel before and sincerely regret any inconvenience this may cause to our vendors and customers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who are trying to deal with the flooding by filling sandbags, shoring up riverbanks and creating berms, and, of course, to those whose homes have been damaged by the flood waters.
We expect to be back at the same location in the Whitevalley Community Park on May 20th.
Well, I was asked a couple of questions about companion gardening and although I knew a few plants that do well with most plants and provide a benefit, like the use of marigolds in your garden, a little research provided a greater insight..so, here it goes for some of our most common garden plants. Tomatoes will greatly benefit plants like carrots, beans, celery, cabbage, and roses…..
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Spring herbs – I’m always happy to see my little patch of stinging nettle every spring. The leaves decrease pain and act as a mild diuretic, accounting for their use in providing relief from allergies and arthritis. The young leaves, rich in iron, chlorophyll and vitamin C are excellent cooked as a vegetable. Once the leaves are cooked, they lose their sting, and you can drink the water for an extra boost. Herbalists use a strong infusion as a tonic for treating iron deficiency anemia. To keep your supply fresh, cut them back three or four times a year to encourage new growth, but the dried leaves can also be used to make an excellent tea – steep 1-2 tbsp dried leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5-30 minutes. Strain, sweeten if desired and enjoy.
Lavender, it’s a good friend to have on the windowsill or in the garden, but Lavandula officinalis/Lavandula angustifolia is a herb we don’t give much thought to. Yet, for centuries it’s been used as a general tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, and digestive aid. We use the tea and essential oil for insomnia, nervousness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and a host of other complaints. Lavender is easy to grow in most climates. It doesn’t require a lot of water, likes full sun and well-drained soil. It will form fairly large bushes that can easily be made into a hedge. Harvest lavender as it blooms throughout the summer, and prune back by about a third each fall.
If you’re an avid gardener or athlete, this recipe is for you: Blend 2 drops rosemary essential oil, 1 drop lavender essential oil and 1 drop eucalyptus oil. (Avoid essential oils in pregnancy, and never take internally.) Add 4 teaspoons of sweet almond or sesame oil. Blend well. Apply to body, especially joints before going out to the gym or the garden. (Lavender makes a great athlete’s foot ointment, for the recipe, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org) Donna, the herb lady
Spring planting has already begun, and here at the Market, we’re lucky to have one of the Okanagan’s best gardeners right on the spot. Sam also writes a gardening column for our local weekly newspaper, the Lumby Valley Times. Pests bugging your timid tomatoes, making your carrots cringe and your lettuce less than lovely? Check out Sam’s home-made solutions here: lumbyvalleytimes.ca/issues/page3