Here’s my excuse!! What’s yours?!
Born 15/05/15, cool huh!
Hey hey. Hasn’t been a lot of things happening relevant to gardening or herbs over the last few weeks. What with us being up in the air about our new situation at our whare (see this post). I’ve had to decide that it’s not within my best interests to start any gardens apart from my token greens bed and tea tire garden.
I’ve also been away for a family gathering up in Tauranga where it just so happened my veins (see post here) decided to go ape-shit and I developed superficial thrombosis. Many doctors and a night in hospital I now have to inject myself everyday with Clexane, a blood thinner. Not very herbal, but it’s a somewhat risky situation as it’s a cluster of clots, I have two children and oh, I’m due to have a baby in four weeks. FOUR WEEKS!! But in actual fact it’s probably going to all happen in a couple of weeks, all plans of our beautiful natural homebirth are totally out of the window. Ach well, I’ve been very lucky to have had two already, I’m putting it down to an exercise to broaden my experience!
So I’m not sure when or what my next post will be about; it maybe baby, it maybe books that I’ve read (by the way I’ve just finished the most fantastically wonderful book called In the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, absolutely nothing to do with gardening or herbs!), herbal experiments, who knows……….!
I haven’t written much about our new space and new gardens because frankly not much has been happening..sort of. Being in my third trimester of pregnancy I haven’t been able to do diddly squat except lament to anyone whom will listen about how much of a frustrated gardener I am (thank you!).
Last weekend my lovely assistant (ie. husband) finally had a day off (he’s currently working six days a week dawn to dusk) and put together the borders for two of my beds. The herb garden from rocks around the property and rotting great hunks of sliced tree for my keyhole garden. Hoo-ra!
And then the digger came in.
This is what we thought we had to play in.
This what we’ve got.
Behind that delightful orange mesh is going to be a “bund” which is pretty much a hill. A fence. And a four lane motorway. But that’s not all! Oh no. At the end of the paddock going over part of the horse arena is a great big whopping roundabout.. The Peka Peka interchange as part of the Mackays to Peka Peka new road extravaganza. What was my wonderful view whilst watching the kids swing…
Is this now and only set to get worse..
So it’s all very close to home, changes the ball game really. To continue with gardens or not is the question. To stay or not to stay. It’s a gonna get real noisy. And then there’s going to be a road a lot closer than what we were led to believe…..
I remember when we were inbetween homes a few years back. Actually no, we had a home. But it was an old Bedford ambulance that we converted into a camper.
We were house sitting our friends place in Picton and Andre had a plait of garlic hanging in her kitchen. That plait of garlic made me really yearn to be back on terra firma again. To have a piece of dirt. To grow garlic!
Now when I gaze lovingly at my plaits of garlic (and shallots) I remember that time and am grateful for where we are. (Here’s where I learnt to plait my hardneck garlic)
I’ve had three gardens since we decided “to stop being so transient” (ha!) and now the time has come to move again.
My chamomile crops are done, I’ve got my garlic and shallots, I’m missing out on most of my tomatoes due to this late season. But our family is growing, we need more space and we’ve found a wonderful place that suits our needs. It’s not in Paekakariki, boo-hoo! But it’s still within the Kapiti region!
I have a HUGE space to develop my gardens. I’ll be able to grow larger herb crops and trial other herbs as crops.
The first beds I’ll prepare though will be the allium beds so they’ll be ready for planting by May/June to plant my garlic and shallots.
Expect many more posts on developing new gardens……!
Hoo-ra! Hoo-rah! My friend Glen Elliot MNIMH MNZAMH whom has been a practicing herbalist for many years has returned to New Zealand from Scotland with his family. I gave him my herbs (Chamomile and Yarrow) to try and give his opinion and he’s given me the total thumbs up for their quality, yaeh!!
I felt sure they were top quality from looking at their colour compared to other dried herb products I’ve seen but really wanted to get a second opinion and by someone whom knows what they’re talking about and will give me their honest opinion; aka, Glen!! Good timing to come home Glen, thank you!
No labs were involved so it wasn’t a potency test per se but was a test that herbalists instinctively do when presented with a herb, they check for colour, smell and taste….
Here are his words….
I have had the pleasure of sampling Achillea millefolium and Matricaria recutita from Stoneyground Herbs. Both were of the highest quality dried yarrow and chamomile samples I have seen. The plants have been carefully harvested and expertly dried to retain important botanical constituents, and this is evident from the colour and aroma of the dried herb and the aroma, colour and taste of the infusion. It is fantastic to know I can source such excellent quality, locally grown organic style herbs.
Glen Elliott MNIMH MNZAMH
Go to my website if you’re interested in purchasing any of my dried herbs.