Plant These Medicinal Herbal Flowers from Seed Now for Next Spring – Melissa K. Norris

Plant These Medicinal Herbal Flowers from Seed Now for Next Spring

By Melissa Norris | Gardening

Sep 18

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Plant these herbal flowers from seed now for next spring. I love being able to grow herbs, not only because they make food taste better, but because many are aesthetically pleasing to have in my garden. In addition, so many of these flowers have medicinal qualities that we can use to help build our natural medicine cabinet.

 

Quick disclaimer: I am not a certified herbalist or a certified nutritionist or medical provider. The following is for educational and informational purposes only.

Listen in below to the full podcast, Episode #199 Plant These Medicinal Herbal Flowers from Seed Now for Next Spring, of the Pioneering Today Podcast, where we don’t just inspire you, but give you the clear steps to create the homegrown garden, pantry, kitchen and life you want for your family and homestead.

Plant These Medicinal Herbal Flowers from Seed Now for Next Spring

Here are the strategies that I implement in the Fall to save me a ton of time come Spring.

Self Seed

If you want to create a garden that doesn’t require a lot of start prep in the Spring, you want to have annuals around your homestead.

Annuals are plants that die when they do not survive cold temperatures and do not grow again from the same root. Once the flower begins to die and is not picked, it has the ability to reseed or self seed. If you want your annual plants to reseed for the Spring, you’ll let the plant blossom. It will then begin to wilt, dry, and form seeds. 

If you do not want your annuals to self seed deadhead them as they wither. Thought I bet most of us want to have more of these plants to grow the next year.

I, of course, always want more of my annuals not only in my garden but around my homestead. So, what I do is wait for the seeds to grow, let them become established before clipping the plant. I then take all the seeds and scatter them in different areas of the homestead and my herbal garden. 

My favorite annuals

Calendula: 
  • Easy to grow and save seeds for replanting
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory
  • Helps to soothe skin
German Chamomile:
  • Natural pain reliever
  • Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
  • Calming & Relaxing
  • Good for use in teas and topical treatments to soothe skin and heal wounds

Seed Stratification 

Every year I always assess what perennials I’d like to add to the homestead that I don’t yet have. As I begin to plan for the Spring, I purchase the seeds and do seed stratification starting in the Fall to have them sprout and grow in the Spring.

Seed stratification is when the seed requires frozen or cold temperatures for a specific number of days for them to germinate as the temperatures begin to warm up. These particular types of seeds will not sprout if they do not go through the seed stratification process. Seed stratification can be done by sowing the seeds in the Fall or Winter months. There are also a variety of ways you can mimic the cold conditions and do this indoors.

Favorite Perennials I’ll be adding

 Marshmallow Root:
  • Natural cough reliever
  • Gum and mouth irritations
  • Relieves sore throats
  • Good for use in teas and topical treatments to soothe skin and heal wounds

Yarrow:
  • Use on fevers
  • Instantly stops internal and external bleeding
  • Reduce acne

As you can see, I’m a big fan of investing a little more time in the Fall to my herb garden. Doing this, I can avoid seed starting or purchasing seeds and planting them in the Spring.

I hope that you enjoyed this quick tip post on steps you can take in the next couple of months to significantly reduce your workload come Spring! Many of your herbal medicinal flowers work as companion planting and can help repel different pest naturally inside the vegetable garden. To find out more about companion planting with herbal plants sign up for my Organic Gardening Workshop! This is a workshop where I’m giving tons of tips, and you do not want to miss it!

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About the Author

Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.

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