Vitality Seed (Medicinal)

Vitality Seed (Medicinal)

Vitality Seed (Medicinal)

Vitality Seed (Medicinal) The freshest medicine on the planet comes right from our own backyards and gardens. When we grow a personal apothecary of herbs, we have an immense and intimate relationship with their quality and integrity. For this reason, starting with healthy seeds and organically nurtured living plants is paramount!

Here are some excellent seeds that we have had success growing in our 9b region.

 Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

Family:  Vervain (Verbenaceae) Hardy to Zones 3 to 7 (American Blue Vervain, Swamp Verbena) Upright yet creeping, self-seeding herbaceous perennial native to the Eastern US.  Bright blue flowers on reddish-tinted plants, in multiple, long-lasting, handsome spikes.  The fresh or dried leaf is the part used.  Traditional usage: indigestion, colds, and fevers.  A good ingredient for homebrew, it is also a traditional offering plant to honor the garden spirits.  Plants prefer full sun to part shade and moist garden soils.  Good drainage is not a necessary prerequisite.  If there is a concern that the plant will spread, then keep it in a pot, or provide other suitable barriers, and cut back the flowers after peak display.  Sow in the early spring or give 2 weeks cold conditioning by putting seeds in the moist medium in a plastic bag in the fridge (not freezer) and then sow in warm soil.  Barely cover and tamp.  Germination in 2 to 4 weeks.  Space plants 2 feet apart. The packet contains 100 Certified Organically Grown seeds.

Chickweed Common (Stellaria media)

Family:  pink (Caryophyllaceae) Annual or overwintering annual.  60 days to maturity. 

Spreading groundcover native to all temperate zones, as far north as the Arctic.  Succulent, green leaves dotted upon maturity with white flowers.  Traditional usage (TWM): Spring tonic, digestive, weight loss, salve ingredient.  Source of vitamins, flavonoids, and saponins.  Harvest fresh for a wholesome, succulent, and tasty salad green. The plant prefers soils that were heavily manured or composted the previous growing season and have now mellowed into aged compost.  Try sowing it in the spot where that monumental zucchini died back.  Sow in fall or spring.  Mix small seed with sand to stretch it, strew seed on surface, press in, and keep moist until germination.  Grows best in cool soils. In Zone 7 and up, the plant may grow large enough to be harvested even in midwinter. Packet contains 100 Certified Organically Grown seeds

Comfrey True (Symphytum officinale var patens)

Family: Borage (Boraginaceae) Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(True Comfrey) (Symphytum Officinalis)  Herbaceous perennial native to Europe. There is a white/cream flowered type and a purple-flowered type.  This is the purple-flowered type.  The plant grows true from seed. Traditional usage (TWM): Cell proliferation, cuts, scrapes, deep injuries. Source of allantoin, mucopolysaccharides, and also potentially toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.  Often recommended for external use only. Commonly employed as a companion plant to orchard trees and as an ingredient in compost tea and compost piles. High in protein, the leaves make a good feed for chickens and pigs, may be added to the feed of all domestic animals, helping maintain good health and weight gain.  Comfrey prefers a full to part sun position with rich, moist, but well-drained soil.  Sow the seed just under the surface and tamp in securely.  Sown directly in warm soils, germination usually occurs within 30 days. A 30 day period of cold, moist refrigeration followed by planting in warm conditions will speed germination appreciably.  Grow the seedlings out in pots for about 3 months, then transplant them to the garden.  You can also direct-seed into a fertile bed in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked.  If you don’t want the plants to spread, then cut them back when they make flowers, and mulch the crowns with the leaves.  This will keep the seed from maturing and dropping, and will quickly improve the soil and contribute to the formation of large, healthy, and happy plants. 20 seeds per packet, certified organically grown

Nettles, Stinging (Urtica dioica)

Family: Nettles (Urticaceae) Hardy to Zones 4 to 9

Herbaceous perennial. Nettles are dioecious, meaning that the plants are either male or female.  Not self-fertile, as both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required, and the seed will occur on female plants only.  Native to temperate climates worldwide. Official variety. In the early spring find Chickweed overrunning the rich garden beds, Dandelion in the upland pastures, Dock in the lower pastures, Watercress where the stream runs cold into a pool, and Nettles along the edge of the stream. All wild spring vegetables.   Wait until the little Nettles are four inches high or so, and snip them off. They must be lightly steamed to disarm their stinging hairs. Eat the Nettles, and drink the water in which they were steamed.   Traditional usage (TWM): Allergies, builds blood.  Source of trace minerals, potassium, and the blood-like molecule known as chlorophyll. The plant prefers moist soil in sun or shade.  Sow in fall or very early spring for germ in spring. Sow on the surface, barely cover with a little soil, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germ.   Thin or transplant to 1 to 2 feet apart.  Nettles grow best in Nitrogen-rich soil.  Flowers to 4 feet tall. Packet contains 200 seeds certified organically grown.

Betony (Stachys Officinalis), a packet of 50 seeds, organic

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae) Hardy to Zones 5 to 10

(Woundwort) Herbaceous perennial hardy is highly adaptable to lowland sites as well as gardens at altitude.  Native to Europe and Russia.  This moisture-loving plant is a clumper, making a lush mound that flowers in multiple upright racemes red-purple.  Generally made into a tea of the dried herb or a tincture of the fresh herb.  Traditional usage (TWM): acute or chronic pain, addiction.  Sow in the early spring.  Standard greenhouse culture or direct seed.  Barely cover seed, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germination, which occurs in 1 to 3 weeks.  Space 2 feet apart.  Flowers from 2 to 3 feet tall. 50 seeds packet certified organically grown

Skullcap, Official (Scutellaria lateriflora) seeds, organic

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae) Hardy to Zones 6 to 9

(Mad Dog Skullcap, Virginia Skullcap) Herbaceous perennial is native to the US. The plant prefers part shade to full sun and rich, moist soils.  Traditional usage: TWM, sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression. The plant itself is likable and unassuming, with a multi-stemmed, upright habit, reddish stems, and blue flowers protruding sideways at the axils (thus lateriflora, which is very often and incorrectly called “laterifolia” in the herb industry). The plant prefers fertile, moist soil, part shade to full sun.  Sow seed in garden in cool soils of fall or early spring, or give 30 days moist refrigeration by mixing with peat moss, coir, or sand in a plastic bag or glass jar in the fridge.  Then, sow in warm soil.  Germination in 30 days.  Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart.  Flowers blue/purple to 3 feet tall. Packet contains 50 seeds certified organically grown.

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Vitality Seed (Medicinal)

Vitality Seed (Medicinal) The freshest medicine on the planet comes right from our own backyards and gardens. When we grow a personal apothecary of herbs, we have an immense and intimate relationship with their quality and integrity. For this reason, starting with healthy seeds and organically nurtured living plants is paramount!

Here are some excellent seeds that we have had success growing in our 9b region.

 Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

Family:  Vervain (Verbenaceae) Hardy to Zones 3 to 7 (American Blue Vervain, Swamp Verbena) Upright yet creeping, self-seeding herbaceous perennial native to the Eastern US.  Bright blue flowers on reddish-tinted plants, in multiple, long-lasting, handsome spikes.  The fresh or dried leaf is the part used.  Traditional usage: indigestion, colds, and fevers.  A good ingredient for homebrew, it is also a traditional offering plant to honor the garden spirits.  Plants prefer full sun to part shade and moist garden soils.  Good drainage is not a necessary prerequisite.  If there is a concern that the plant will spread, then keep it in a pot, or provide other suitable barriers, and cut back the flowers after peak display.  Sow in the early spring or give 2 weeks cold conditioning by putting seeds in the moist medium in a plastic bag in the fridge (not freezer) and then sow in warm soil.  Barely cover and tamp.  Germination in 2 to 4 weeks.  Space plants 2 feet apart. The packet contains 100 Certified Organically Grown seeds.

Chickweed Common (Stellaria media)

Family:  pink (Caryophyllaceae) Annual or overwintering annual.  60 days to maturity. 

Spreading groundcover native to all temperate zones, as far north as the Arctic.  Succulent, green leaves dotted upon maturity with white flowers.  Traditional usage (TWM): Spring tonic, digestive, weight loss, salve ingredient.  Source of vitamins, flavonoids, and saponins.  Harvest fresh for a wholesome, succulent, and tasty salad green. The plant prefers soils that were heavily manured or composted the previous growing season and have now mellowed into aged compost.  Try sowing it in the spot where that monumental zucchini died back.  Sow in fall or spring.  Mix small seed with sand to stretch it, strew seed on surface, press in, and keep moist until germination.  Grows best in cool soils. In Zone 7 and up, the plant may grow large enough to be harvested even in midwinter. Packet contains 100 Certified Organically Grown seeds

Comfrey True (Symphytum officinale var patens)

Family: Borage (Boraginaceae) Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(True Comfrey) (Symphytum Officinalis)  Herbaceous perennial native to Europe. There is a white/cream flowered type and a purple-flowered type.  This is the purple-flowered type.  The plant grows true from seed. Traditional usage (TWM): Cell proliferation, cuts, scrapes, deep injuries. Source of allantoin, mucopolysaccharides, and also potentially toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.  Often recommended for external use only. Commonly employed as a companion plant to orchard trees and as an ingredient in compost tea and compost piles. High in protein, the leaves make a good feed for chickens and pigs, may be added to the feed of all domestic animals, helping maintain good health and weight gain.  Comfrey prefers a full to part sun position with rich, moist, but well-drained soil.  Sow the seed just under the surface and tamp in securely.  Sown directly in warm soils, germination usually occurs within 30 days. A 30 day period of cold, moist refrigeration followed by planting in warm conditions will speed germination appreciably.  Grow the seedlings out in pots for about 3 months, then transplant them to the garden.  You can also direct-seed into a fertile bed in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked.  If you don’t want the plants to spread, then cut them back when they make flowers, and mulch the crowns with the leaves.  This will keep the seed from maturing and dropping, and will quickly improve the soil and contribute to the formation of large, healthy, and happy plants. 20 seeds per packet, certified organically grown

Nettles, Stinging (Urtica dioica)

Family: Nettles (Urticaceae) Hardy to Zones 4 to 9

Herbaceous perennial. Nettles are dioecious, meaning that the plants are either male or female.  Not self-fertile, as both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required, and the seed will occur on female plants only.  Native to temperate climates worldwide. Official variety. In the early spring find Chickweed overrunning the rich garden beds, Dandelion in the upland pastures, Dock in the lower pastures, Watercress where the stream runs cold into a pool, and Nettles along the edge of the stream. All wild spring vegetables.   Wait until the little Nettles are four inches high or so, and snip them off. They must be lightly steamed to disarm their stinging hairs. Eat the Nettles, and drink the water in which they were steamed.   Traditional usage (TWM): Allergies, builds blood.  Source of trace minerals, potassium, and the blood-like molecule known as chlorophyll. The plant prefers moist soil in sun or shade.  Sow in fall or very early spring for germ in spring. Sow on the surface, barely cover with a little soil, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germ.   Thin or transplant to 1 to 2 feet apart.  Nettles grow best in Nitrogen-rich soil.  Flowers to 4 feet tall. Packet contains 200 seeds certified organically grown.

Betony (Stachys Officinalis), a packet of 50 seeds, organic

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae) Hardy to Zones 5 to 10

(Woundwort) Herbaceous perennial hardy is highly adaptable to lowland sites as well as gardens at altitude.  Native to Europe and Russia.  This moisture-loving plant is a clumper, making a lush mound that flowers in multiple upright racemes red-purple.  Generally made into a tea of the dried herb or a tincture of the fresh herb.  Traditional usage (TWM): acute or chronic pain, addiction.  Sow in the early spring.  Standard greenhouse culture or direct seed.  Barely cover seed, tamp well and keep evenly moist until germination, which occurs in 1 to 3 weeks.  Space 2 feet apart.  Flowers from 2 to 3 feet tall. 50 seeds packet certified organically grown

Skullcap, Official (Scutellaria lateriflora) seeds, organic

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae) Hardy to Zones 6 to 9

(Mad Dog Skullcap, Virginia Skullcap) Herbaceous perennial is native to the US. The plant prefers part shade to full sun and rich, moist soils.  Traditional usage: TWM, sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression. The plant itself is likable and unassuming, with a multi-stemmed, upright habit, reddish stems, and blue flowers protruding sideways at the axils (thus lateriflora, which is very often and incorrectly called “laterifolia” in the herb industry). The plant prefers fertile, moist soil, part shade to full sun.  Sow seed in garden in cool soils of fall or early spring, or give 30 days moist refrigeration by mixing with peat moss, coir, or sand in a plastic bag or glass jar in the fridge.  Then, sow in warm soil.  Germination in 30 days.  Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart.  Flowers blue/purple to 3 feet tall. Packet contains 50 seeds certified organically grown.

 

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