This week we finished closing in the greenhouse. We were unable to locate a 4th used patio window for the southern side of the greenhouse, so we put in a black panel of plywood instead. My thoughts at this point is to build a solar hot water panel with black hose and a circulating pump to keep the auquaponics system from freezing and to keep the greenhouse warm in the cold zone 5 winters.
This week I also started the medicinal herb garden by putting up 50 feet of 3 foot tall rabbit fencing and planting a few essentials. I planted the following:
- Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea) – This perennial is of course good for the immune system and helping the body to fight off any viral or bacterial invader from the common cold to a skin infection. A must for any medicinal garden. I will plant more seeds this fall, since echinacea seeds must be cold stratified by planting in fall.
- Purselane – This “weed” has the highest concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids than any other vegetable along with a whole host of other vitamins and minerals. I transplanted my purslane from around the yard…I know, I transplanted a weed!
- Poppies – The poppy is use to make opium that can be easily converted in the painkiller morphine, but this ILLEGAL, so do not do any of this unless the shit hits the fan (SHTF) and you absolutely must. I grow poppies to enjoy their flowers and seeds for baking, but I also possess the knowledge to make them into a very valuable medicine after the SHTF.
- Sage – This perennial is considered a “cure all” in the medicinal herb world, but it’s most important use is as a medicinal herb used to treat excess fluids in the body, anything from diarrhea to mucus from a cold.
- Thyme – This perennial herb is used to treat colds and flue as well as sooth the stomach.
- Catnip – This perennial is a a great anti-anxiety herb. I planted a variety from the store along with a few seeds.
- Licorice – This perennial is another herbal “cure all” in the medicinal herb world, but it’s most important use is as a stimulant that provides the body energy. The roman army used licorice as a substitute for food, often going days without food because of it.
- Mint – This perennial herb is best known for its calming effects on the digestive system.
In addition to these plants already in place or seeded, I have ordered Comfrey seeds, St. John’s Wort seeds, Elderberry seeds, and Hawthorn seeds.
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