Monday, February 14, 2011

Wow have I been busy...

Current: Overcast
Wind: S at 12 mph
Humidity: 76%

...and now the rains come. Bit of a bummer on the one hand, but personally, I would like proper weather patterns back anytime.

Well, In addition to what I am calling my "Love Garden" of veggies and herbs being built I also terraced a small part of the property, built a fence in an Asian wabi sabi style, and lastly also began work on a 4 nest box chicken tractor.

Those things are all great, but the one thing I am really happy is an order came in from Germany, speciffically from the town of Regensburg. I got some true Comfrey (Symphytum officinalis) seeds as well as Tea (Camellia sinensis).

Growing instructions
These perennial seeds germinate very irregularly over a long period. Sow early spring indoors. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and plant them out after the last expected frosts.

Comfrey will be used as living mulch plants around the garden. The Tea will be used for making green tea, as well as black and oolong tea. All 3 are made from this perennial plant.

Growing instructions
Tropical shrub or tree. The hard seed coat should be carfully filed or nicked a little to improve watering, then soaked in warm water for 24 hours. Sow in moist and warm slight acid soil. It usually germinates in 1 - 3 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or indoors. Prefers the partial shade of a light woodland. Tea is not hardy in colder areas, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10 °C. It prefers a wet summer and a cool but not very frosty dry winter.

Being that Tea is harder to grow, they will be put under some grow lights I have for seedlings in a shed. When older they will be put outside, but more on that when the time comes.

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