While Kerry, Ember and the rest of the crew ready the fields for harvesting all the delicious produce we will soon be enjoying, Tina has been busy planning, planting and pruning away in Penelope’s Garden.

New plants being introduced this year:
  • Boneset – loved by pollinators, traditionally known for its immune system boosting, anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Agrimony – used by many cultures throughout history to treat eye issues, tired feet and insomnia.
  • Catnip – this herb may drive your kitties wild but did you know its tea also soothes menstrual cramps?
  • Vervain, European – also known as verbena, it’s been used to treat everything from anxiety to UTIs to headaches.
  • Yarrow, Wild White – hailed by both the ancient Greeks and Native Americans, it’s applied to wounds and makes a great addition to any garden, as it repels pests and attracts pollinators. Please note that yarrow is toxic to cats, dogs and horses.
  • True Comfrey – Bumblebees love their flowers and its hairy leaves have been traditionally applied to bruises and sprains. However, internal indigestion is not encouraged, due to potential liver issues.
  • St. John’s Wort – One of my favorites, it’s been used for centuries to help depression, mood swings and PMS. However, this herb can lower the effectiveness of some prescription medication (including birth control pills) so please check before using.
  • Skullcap – this widely-used plant can aid in weight loss, soothing the nervous system and muscle tension.
  • Arnica – known to help with osteoarthritis, reducing inflammation and recovering from illness or surgery.
  • Red clover – What can’t you do with this pretty plant? It’s used in jellies, aromatherapy and as a meal garnish. It also helps with hot flashes, blood cleansing and chronic cough.

Sadly, our Stearns mint variety did not made it to the new season. However, it’s been replaced with anise hyssop, a second plot of kapoor tulsi (!), California poppies and beautiful pure peppermint.

As Tina explains: ” All of the herbs are started from seed, ensuring purity of the plant stock, and improving its adaptation to our climate and soil. Perennials are a long game, so many of the new varieties will not be ready for harvest for maybe two years. It will be fun to see how these plants grow and where they fit in best. Once established, they offer gifts for many years.”