CHICOPEE, Mass (Mass Appeal) – Our series on ‘Herbs: A to Z’ continues with herbs that begin are in your garden or yard ‘N’ow.’ Carol Joyce is the Owner of White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick, shared more about herbs Astragalus, Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Comfrey, Day Lily, Echinacea and Hyssop.Astragalus, Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Comfrey, Day Lily, Echinacea, HyssopGrowing Instructions for these Herbs:
SCARIFY the seed before planting, (March is best) Leave in a glass of water overnight w/Fish emulsion in it to soak. Put in organic potting mix. Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside. Once established, this plant is very hardy! Likes to grow in sandy soil & partial to full sun. It’s a PERENNIAL. Harvest roots after 4 years.Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan & Hyssop:
Put seeds of each of these in organic potting mix. Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside. Ready to plant outside after frost in about 5-6 weeks. Prefers sandy soil but will improve with compost. Best in full sun. Once established, this plant is very hardy It’s a PERENNIAL (but they may spread)Comfrey & Day Lily:
Put CORM in organic potting mix. Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside. Plant in Fall in well-worked soil with added compost. (May be planted anytime in Spring or summer, too) Both can grow in partial to full sun. Once established, these plants are very hardy & spread. Consult an herbalist for its uses. It’s a PERENNIALEchinacea (purpurea grows best in NE)
Start 12 weeks before Spring time planting in your area. TRATIFY the seed before planting, Place in organic potting soil mix. Cover with saran wrap & put in FREEZER for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, place in a sunny spot, inside. Plant out in well-worked soil once danger of frost has passed. Once established, this plant is very hardy! Is a prairie plant sp will grow anywhere except in shade or wet soil. Prefers partial to full sun. It’s a PERENNIAL. Harvest flowers & leaves for medicine each year. Do not take roots until it is at least 4 years old.
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