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 email@example.com) 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
NOTES FROM THE LUMBY PUBLIC MARKET
Was it really such a long winter, or is it only me? Anyway, I’m so happy that the Market will be opening for the season on Saturday, May 13th, it seems to make the end of winter official. We’ll be back at our usual spot in the Whitevalley Community Park on Glencaird from 9am-1pm. It’s a beautiful location – tree-lined, and close to the kids’ playground, library, museum, and in warmer weather, the pool and spray park.
Vendors, this Market offers the best seasonal fees found anywhere, and we’ve always got enough room for another vendor – seasonal or drop-in. Welcome to new vendor Ida, selling those great chemical-free Norwex products.
You may have noticed that local plant maven, Sam, is writing a garden column in the Lumby Valley Times. Isn’t she amazingt? And, her plants are really, really beautiful and really, really healthy. I know she’ll have lots on hand for the 13th – just in time for Mother’s Day.
There’s a huge amount of excitement building already for the 3rd Annual Butter Tart Festival on September 9th. This year we’re encouraging anyone who is engaged in raising funds for their organization to consider using the Festival as a way to fund raise, and have a lot of fun in the bargain. We’re also encouraging everyone in Lumby to get involved in some way – more news about the “People’s Choice” later.
For information about being a vendor at the Market, or about the Butter Tart Festival, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 778-473-2226
See you on May 13th! Murray
A Gardener’s Diary” author Jocelyn Sewell a local writer, #horticulturalist and grower will be selling plants and offering gardening tips at LumbyMarket this Saturday.
Articles by Jocelyn