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- 8x4 Cedar Raised Bed Installation
This package includes natural, untreated cedar boards; peat moss; top soil; mushroom compost and seeds/starter plants of your choice to get your way to a successful culinary and medicinal herb garden.
- Landscape Design Consultations
This package includes a one hour site analysis to evaluate your property for best location, review of design options, complete garden design, inspiration for what to grow and when to plant, and an Information Packet including the growing seasons of the east-central part of Florida, as well as information on soil health, and companion planting. During our consultation, we will discuss the best practices in setting up a thriving garden that works for your style and budget. 100% of your design consultation fee can be applied towards a Raised Cedar Bed or Custom Installation!
- Phone Design Consultation Request
Just because you aren't located in the Central Florida area doesn't mean you can't work with us! We offer design in urban farming and edible landscapes anywhere. Schedule a design conversation to let us know your project goals. We want to be sure you feel confident with an understanding of how to maintain a healthy and productive garden. All of our consults include an email summary of what was discussed during the consultation. We'll work with you every step of the way down the garden path to ensure you have the knowledge and guidance to get growing. Please book an appointment below to schedule a consultation.
- The Wise Elder (Elderberries and Elderflowers)
Elder (Sambucus) is an old, ancient medicinal that has a lot of wisdom to share. It is easy to grow, identify in the wild and grows prolifically once established. Elderflowers are a medicinal bloom from the elder. Elderberries are a super delicious antioxidant rich medicinal fruit from the elder, with immune-enhancing and antiviral properties. Learn how to make syrup, identify and grow with our YouTube video. Growing and Identifying Elders are adaptable plants that can thrive in many types of soil conditions, yet prefer moist, well-drained soil. Elder is relatively drought tolerant and might require some irrigation during a dry summer. You might find them near rivers, creeks, wetlands or along the roadside of the highway. If foraging, you want to be sure to collect flowers and berries away from potential contaminants such as plants that may be sprayed with chemicals near storm water ditches or roadsides. Elders can be found or grown in full sun to part shade. They reproduce by suckers, which sprout from the plant's lateral roots. Because of this, many plants are often found growing together. Deciduous leaves grow in opposite pairs and have 5 to 7 leaflets. Elderberry shrubs have opposite, elongated leaves opposite each other along the stem. You can feel tiny bumps all along the bark. It’s extremely important to identify as there are some look-alikes, such as water hemlock, that can be deadly. The leaves, stems and unripe berries of elderberry are toxic, so it's important to be vigilant about not including any of these when processing elderberries or elderflowers. Raw berries can cause nausea and should be cooked to safely remove the toxins if not well processed. Ingesting these parts of the plant in large quantities can cause a toxic buildup of cyanide in the body. There are different varieties of elder depending on where you live. Make sure to carefully identity your plant if you plan on foraging. You can typically find Elder at a local plant nursery, which will help give you confidence on harvesting and help you build a better relationship with the plant to further identify in the wild. This extremely important wild edible and medicinal plant are a summer fruit, but the exact timing depends on your climate. Elderberries ripen in a couple months after the flowers bloom. The flowers grow in umbels, large umbrella-shaped clusters. Elderflowers contain their own medicinal benefits and flower infusions are an anti-viral and can be used as a gargle for sore throats, mouth ulcers and inflamed gums, as a relaxant and to help reduce fevers. Elderflowers and berries are expectorant, diaphoretic, they help to release the body of toxins. The creamy white flowers are bursting with scent and pollen. The flowers contain natural, copious yeasts in the pollen, making them excellent for fermentation drinks such as elderflower champagne, mead or kombucha. Do not wash the flowers for this reason - just shake off any insects and remove the thick stems. Once the pollinators visit, the cute white blooms transform into juicy, ripe berries full of medicinal qualities. The clusters of flowers give rise to green berries that ripen into plump deep purple, nourishing berries. Always remember, whenever you pick the flowers there will be less berries. It is important to wait until the berries are fully ripe. Choose clusters with berries that are plump and dark purple, avoiding those that are still green. Simply use pruners to cut the berry clusters off where the cluster stems reach the main stem. Remember that the leaves and stems of elder are toxic, so there is no need to trim more of the branch than you need. Insects like to hang out in the clusters, so give each branch a little shake before snipping off the berry clusters. After harvesting clusters, you can rinse those off by filling a bowl with water by holding at the stem and briefly swirling the cluster, or harvesting right after a rain storm. The dark colored berries are a powerful natural remedy in preventing and shortening the duration of viral infections like colds, flus, and upper respiratory infections. They are rich in folic acid and vitamins A and C. Elder’s immunomodulating and accompanying anti-viral qualities – give a boost to the immune system. Elderberries are an excellent anti-viral. Viral diseases mutate often and can evolve. Elder attacks influenza strains making it an efficient ally during cold and flu season. Elderberry and Elderflower hold their vitality in the dehydration process and can be dried to store in your own apothecary. I typically hang my herbs upside down, away from direct sunlight to naturally dry over the course of a few days. Once berries are completely dry, remove the stems and any remnants of twigs before storing away. Most of the medicinal qualities are extracted out of the elderberries through water and alcohol extraction. I love making syrup with dried berries and enjoying adding it to sparkling water for a homemade soda, added as a sweetener to a blend with other herbs in an herbal infusion or taken by itself by the spoonful. We crafted adorable DIY Elderberry Syrup Gift Boxes with Mountain Rose Organic Elderberries, a reusable green glass 4 oz jar, bamboo strainer and directions on how to make syrup at home. This kit makes approximately up to eight ounces of syrup. To make syrup you simply make a decoction by measuring a half cup of dried elderberries to three cups of filtered water in a saucepan. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Strain. Add local honey. You can add cinnamon sticks, hawthorn berries and other herbs, or just make a simple syrup. It's delicious! Classic Elderberry Syrup Recipe Ingredients: 3 Cups filtered water 1/2 Cup organic dried Elderberries 1/2 Cup of raw local Honey Optional: Organic cinnamon stick, fresh grated organic ginger root, star anise, hawthorn berries, rose hips Directions: 1. Combine the berries and herbs with filtered water in a pot and bring to a boil. 2. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. 3. Strain the berries and squeeze out the juice. 4. Add a ½ cup of honey and mix well while still warm. Gently heat the honey by stirring for a few minutes. I love to use a bamboo chopstick to stir with. 5. Bottle in sterilized glass. 6. Label with date. 7. Enjoy! Fun Facts Elton John sang a song "Elderberry Wine" that debuted on his album in 1973. A powerful and rare magic wand in the Harry Potter series is made of Sambucus – the “Elder Wand.” Since ancient traditions, along the edge of the herb garden was the wise guardian of the garden, Elder. Elder (Sambucus nigra) Author: Phoenix Fermin Phoenix Fermin is a Certified Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Educator, Author, and Illustrator. Phoenix teaches topics in herbalism and holistic health. Find her recipe in the award winning book, Fire Cider 101 Zesty Recipes by Rosemary Gladstar. * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Honoring A Good Night Sleep
Sleep is paramount to our health and well-being. A good night's sleep allows us to be more functional and effective in our our daily routine, and ultimately to be and feel our best. When we find ourselves down the path to a sleepless night, it's wonderful to have something on hand that supports relaxation and deeper sleep. When we experience insomnia, getting little to no sleep, the body increases its production of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and is secreted by the adrenal glands. It has a powerful influence on sleep patterns and our natural circadian rhythm. The essential hormone is known as the stress-response hormone that regulates a wide range of body processes including the immune response, digestion and metabolism. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation may cause the body to secrete more cortisol throughout the day, perhaps in an effort to stimulate alertness due to fatigue from inadequate sleep. Chronic stress can cause cortisol levels to remain high for long periods of time, continuing the cycle of lack of sleep and fatigue. Chronic stress can interfere with nutrition which in turn can trigger overthinking, the feeling of overwhelm and can cause sleep disturbances. Sleep deprivation can become a vicious cycle spiraling into endless nights of wakefulness, turning into brain fog, weight gain and the inability to truly be effective in our daily lives. Lack of sleep affects the rationality of our moods and it can bring troubled water to our relationships when we truly do not take of ourselves. Lack of sleep can affect overall health making it easier to be more prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. A good night sleep is top priority to all aspects of health and well-being. We offer a variety of sleep supplements in our Apothecary Shop to encourage a night time solution to obtain a natural sleep cycle for overall health and well-being. We offer Good Day Chocolate, candy-coated supplements colored from fruits and veggies. Not only is Good Day Chocolate an absolute delicious way to enjoy taking your supplements, research even shows that chocolate is one of the most effective delivery methods for vitamins and supplements! There is 1 mg of melatonin per piece and soothing chamomile to encourage a deep restful sleep. You can take one to four chocolates depending on your circumstance with an easy-to-use serving size guide for responsible dosing. The guide provides the ability to give you the right amount of serving for what your body may need at the time. Good Day Chocolate is made with premium, Fair-Trade certified milk chocolate, Non-GMO ingredients and contains probiotics. A delicious chocolate treat with benefits! Winged Sleepy was designed to be a night time solution for banishing occasional sleepless nights for good. The formulation contains full spectrum hemp extract, Melatonin for supporting falling asleep and support sleep/wake cycles, 5-HTP and GABA to calm an overactive mind and enhance sleep quality, L-Theanine to promote mental relaxation and ease mental stress, and Evening Primrose Oil for hormonal support. Sleepy gummies are a delicious way to enjoy the formulation benefits. The are Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, and US Hemp Authority Certified. Charlotte's Web is one of the oldest, most well-known brands on the market and a member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). Charlotte's Web is committed to making quality products and offering product transparency. The Sleep gummies are formulated with full-spectrum hemp extract containing 10 mg of hemp and 3 mg of melatonin in every serving supporting a wonderful night of sleep. Their extracts feature naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in every sweet bite, plus nature's favorite sleep aid, melatonin. The gummies are Non-GMO, flavored with natural juices from fruits and vegetables and offer a delicious evening bedtime routine. Supporting sound, quality sleep not only regulates your natural cycle, it promotes overall well-being for you to be truly more present in your daily routine. If you find yourself stuck in sluggish cycle, focus on the fundamental things that bring a good quality of life like a good night rest, taking adaptogen herbs like ashwagandha found in our Tulsi Chai, focus on eating a more organic whole food diet, drink more water and get an adequate amount of exercise. If you're in a state of overwhelm, focus on one step at a time. The very intention of honoring your sleep cycle brings you on the path of true self-care and is the ultimate gift you can give to yourself. The best way to prepare for tomorrow is by doing your best today and by Honoring A Good Night Sleep. Author: Phoenix Fermin Phoenix Fermin is a Certified Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Educator, Author and Illustrator. Phoenix teaches topics in herbalism and holistic health. She maintained the teaching collection of plants for the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida State University, managed the Apothecary at Lucky's Market and tended to the historic gardens at Lichgate on High Road as the Director of Education. Find her recipe in the award winning book, Fire Cider 101 Zesty Recipes by Rosemary Gladstar.
- Bee Balm (Monarda citriodora)
Monarda citriodora is commonly known as lemon bee balm or purple horsemint. Horsemint is in the Lamiaceae or mint family. An infusion of the leaves support the treatment of respiratory infections and coughs. The plant is drought tolerant and prefers full sun to partial shade. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds find the flowers irresistible. Lemon bee balm flowers have multiple whorls stacked one on top of another and our visitor bee would drink the nectar going in a full circle, spiraling up in the same direction. After flowering, let the flowers go to seed. The plants will readily self-sow in your garden year after year with seed saving.