The New Herb Garden in Midsummer, Part 2 - July 29, 2020 @goldenoakfarm

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New Herb  crop July 2020.jpg

The New Herb garden, Row 7 at bottom of photo, Row 1 at top

With 7 rows, there are a lot of plants, so I will do the post in 2 parts, and each part will still be really long! Part 1 is here.

So, we start back at Row 4:

New Herb  Row 4 crop July 2020.jpg

Row 4, bottom – top: arnica, lovage/nasturtium, heliotrope/baptista, yellow toothache plant, pennyroyal, peppermint, portulaca/balloonflower/daisy, Tulsi basil, echinacea paradoxa, winter savory/summer savory

New Herb  Row 4, yellow toothache crop July 2020.jpg

I’ve used this yellow toothache several times for tooth pain. It can last up to 12 hours.

New Herb  Row 4, peppermint crop July 2020.jpg

Peppermint bent on world domination. It has a double height edging all around the bed to contain it.

New Herb  Row 4, echinacea paradoxa crop July 2020.jpg

The echinacea paradoxa is a Zone 5 plant but it has survived 2 winters here so far. I need to tie it up off the ground. I use this for dehydrating for the chickens winter herb mix.

Center right, next to it is a volunteer balsam. Lower right side is Tulsi basil and lower right bottom is balloonflower. There’s a daisy between the echinacea and the balloonflower. Between the balloonflower and the Tulsi basil is portulaca.

New Herb  Row 5 crop July 2020.jpg

*Row 5, bottom – top: ashwagandha, parsley/hyssop, plantain, Thai basil/basil, sage, lemon verbena, pineapple mint *

New Herb  Row 5, ashwagandha crop July 2020.jpg

This ashwagandha is new this year. The flea beetles like it but other than that it is doing well.

New Herb  Row 5, plantain crop July 2020.jpg

This bed was half ruined by the septic work. The plants reflect the destroyed biology with poor health. They are very bug eaten and small. Behind them is another volunteer balsam. I dehydrate the plantain for the chickens in winter.

New Herb  Row 5, Thai basil crop July 2020.jpg

The Thai basil is very small but has been flowering well. This is also a new addition this year. Behind it is the Aroma basil, and on the right, the sage.

New Herb  Row 6 crop July 2020.jpg

Row 6, bottom – top: space left for the ginger hoophouse, calendula, mullein/snapdragons, chives, hyssop/heliotrope, thyme

New Herb  Row 6, calendula crop July 2020.jpg

This is the Resina variety of calendula, in both yellow and orange. I plant a bit more orange than yellow for better color. It is used in a skin salve and as an attractant for the herbal mix for the chickens in winter. Behind it is the plantain and, on left, parsley.

New Herb  Row 6, winter thyme crop July 2020.jpg

I selected the hardiest thyme offered and started it from seed. This is mostly for culinary use. In the back left you can see the single surviving plant from 2019, and it’s nearly dead. Just behind it is hyssop. The hyssop is dehydrated for the chickens’ winter mix.

New Herb  Row 7 crop July 2020.jpg

Row 7, bottom – top: echinacea purpurea, oregano, bunching onions, garlic chives, marjoram, parsley, yarrow

New Herb  Row 7, echinacea crop July 2020.jpg

This echinacea was in Row 6 for the last 2½ years, until I had to move it into the Big garden. It is less than half the size of previous years. I use the flower petals and leaves for the chickens winter mix.

The area around Row 7 was totally destroyed in the septic work. It was badly compacted by the heavy equipment. I’m hoping with feeding, mulching and introducing plants, the biology will return and help restore the soil.

New Herb  Row 7, oregano crop July 2020.jpg

The oregano is also less than half the size it was previously. It seems to be doing better than the echinacea. This is both culinary and for the chickens mix, as an immune booster. There’s parsley on the left and garlic chives on the right. Behind it is a mullein and chives.

New Herb  Row 7, yarrow crop July 2020.jpg

This yarrow was also moved into the Big garden and moved back this spring. It took it a long time to recover, but seems to be doing ok now. It also goes into the chickens winter mix. That’s marjoram on the right.

That’s the highlights of the New Herb garden at the end of July. Some things doing very well, and others just hanging on. But it is starting to recover from the construction, and hopefully the biology will return for soil health.

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That's a nice big herb garden you have!

Very impressive. The herb garden has almost everything normally sold in supermarkets. You really have to be knwoledgeable culinary-wise to be able to know which herb goes to which dish. I know some herbs enhance the flavor of specific viands or dishes.

Many of these are medicinal. I am not terribly knowledgeable about the uses. This garden was started so I'd have access to herbs to dry for the chickens in winter. It's been cool slowly learning about other aspects of the herbs.