Herbal Medicine

The Gift of Garlic

I hadn’t planned on planting garlic this season. My excuse until now has been that I had no space, but the truth of it is, I have been procrastinating on building new beds for some time. However, my work colleague gave me some garlic to plant this month. He has purchased approximately 60 bulbs of at least 4 different garlic varieties via TradeMe and is planning an experiment to test the differences in growth, taste and disease-resistance across them. My…

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Comfrey: Permaculture Profile

Symphytum spp. Boraginacaea family Comfrey is the queen of permaculture plants, and is a powerhouse in the permaculture garden – attracting pollinators and beneficial insects, providing medicinal value, and enriching soil with nutrients.   Varieties and Cultivars There are several different varieties including Symphytim officinale (medicinal comfrey), S. ibericum (dwarf comfrey) and S. uplandicum (Russian comfrey). Sizes of these vary. ‘Bocking 14’ is a sterile variety of Russian Comfrey and so is worth considering if you want to plant comfrey in discrete areas in a small garden and not…

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