29 June 2015
St. Johnswort, Lemon Balm & Motherwort
Lemon Balm, Motherwort, and St Johnswort are three of my favorite herbs to grow. The pleasures of growing these herbs are many. . .
To begin with, in herb gardening, I am partial to perennials and strong self-sowing annuals, which result in more benefit year by year from the original input of labor. Sure, there’s mulching and tending each year but there’s also the advantage that the plants grow bigger and offer more as they grow.
It's not unusual for one motherwort in our garden to grow so verdantly that it makes dozens of baby plants, so sweet with their jagged-edge leaves, and beautifully delicate pink flowers ringed round the stalk, the very next year.
With lemon balm, just crushing the leaves in my hands and rubbing them on my arms and face gives me that sensuous and mood-elevating feeling that lemon balm is so well known for!
Outside our windows, St. J’s is holding in the erosion on our sloped fence-line and doing double duty as medicine for Red Moon Herbs.
Aside from the sheer pleasure of having these friends around, they can be incorporated into life a variety of ways, namely: fresh herbs in food or bath, sun tea, drying for craft projects or future use in infusion teas, picking and sniffing for a mid-day pickup, photography, demonstration gardens, seed saving, and more. They also offer food to the pollinators, life to the soil, and medicine for the animals and humans.