This photo shows my “mother” valerian (Valeriana officinalis) plant which I grew from seed a few years ago. Each year it comes back larger and stronger. Two years ago I noticed another valerian plant growing some distance away from this one and last year a third plant appeared near the pools under the deck. When I began studying how to preserve the medicinal qualities of herbs, I came across valerian. I decided to make a tincture of its roots (using the more recent plants). Here it is beginning its infusion process.
A curious thing I noticed when harvesting the roots . . . My two cats were in love with this plant. One grabbed a rootlet and played around with eating it. The other rolled in the dirt turned up from digging the plant. When I held him later I detected valerian’s distinctive odor on his fur.
As for the garlic . . . It is time to plant fresh garlic cloves in the garden. I opened a coning with the Deva of the Garden and the deva of the garlic bulbs to find out the best place(s) to plant the cloves. There were three basic locations — one in an herb bed, one in a vegetable bed and one in a flower bed. I planted the garlic cloves from the three bulbs in the specific recommended beds. The herb bed is one in which I have grown garlic in previous years. Garlic is a slow grower and I am looking forward to lots of it next year.