A Very Herby Garden Journal Early November

Despite the endless rain, or of course because of it, the garden is going jungle! Because it's too wet to go out in it, when I do, I'm kinda caught by suprise with how much things have grown. I'm perpetually figuring out what to do with insects and weeds, if anything at all. And rabbits. Endless rabbits.

What’s the difference between a healthy rabbit and an odd rabbit?
One is a fit bunny, and the other’s a bit funny.

This #gardenjournal post also celebrate the revival of The Herbal Hive by @artemislives. Think of The Herbal Hive and Hive Garden as sister communities - both plant focussed and keen to support content of that kind. You can support the conversation about herbs and the spreading of herbal wisdom by subscribing to the community and reblogging the challenges (check out @theherbalhive) and even writing a post of your own. And of course, don't forget this first week of November is the official garden journal challenge - quick, rush over to the community to find out more!

Firstly, lovely, feminine, moon wise lemon balm. It's lovely in iced tea in the summer, or in custard, but generally is a beautiful calming herb. The oil is good for herpes too. Simply infuse in olive oil and add a few drops of essential oil for good measure and some beeswax to create a balm - appropriate, being 'melissa"...🐝🐝

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Nestled next to that is elecampane, good for lung health.

Then theres horseradish. I use the root in firecider but also the young leaves finely chopped in salads. Whilst the first year it struggled, now it seems to be everywhere in the garden, reminding me of the wild horseradish on the edge of English meadows. Can you see the oregano beyond it? It's self seeded everywhere and is a treasure for bees too. And thyme beyond that.

Mugwort, dear mugwort. I need to plant another outside the chicken run as they love her too. Dreamer, seer. No other plant speaks to me so in the garden!

Calendula, of course - all year round, but especially in wetter months. Sunny and bright and always on every meal I make. Soothing, antiinflammatory.

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Sage - in apple cider vinegar for sore throats in the winter, or for tea, and crispy on risotto. I've developed a new love affair with dear sage.

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On dear, the rust on the garlic has upset me. They say it happens if it gets overwatered or too high nitrogen but in fifteen years I've never had such a disaster. The rhubarb beyond, however, has loved the feed of cow manure, and the raspberries are happy too - I spent yesterday trying to protect them from the blackbirds.

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Mullein! It's the tincture that seems to help my lungs, not the tea. We're all different when it comes to the intake of herbs. I love their huge rosettes before they send off a massive spike.

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Heartease, surrounded by chook wire under the mulberry because - rabbits. Grrrrrr.

What do you call two rabbits racing down the road?
The fast and the furriest.

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Then there's the lemons and limes, the curry leaf plant, the tomatoes doing their thing (yes, @ligayagardener, I pricked out those side and lower shoots and tied them up today, good girl me), the struggling broad beans (this time of year I should have big fat beans! What is going on, weather?), beetroot about to be harvested. There's kinda a lot going on but also NOT, because, bugs and rabbits and weather, you know?

What do you call a cold dog sitting on a rabbit?
A chili dog on a bun.

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Tell you what IS delightful - irises! I always forgot what colour is where so it's cool when they appear. The one below got blown over int the wind before it bloomed but I brought it inside and it obliged me by unfolding in cream and yellow glory. I just love them.

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Like always, I could do more than one #gardenjournal post with all the things I could share. There's always so much to do, even right now as I wolf down a coffee and finish this post before going out and weeding a path. The council has dumped a huge pile of pine mulch by the trees in the reserve which is absolutely perfect for said paths but it's been far too wet to collect!

Can't wait to read your garden posts - I always enjoy them and feel proud to be part of this lovely community on Hive.

And one more for the road?

What do you get if you cross a rabbit with an insect?
Bugs Bunny.

That's all folks!

With Love,

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I love getting a peek at your garden dear @riverflows! You're tempting me to do my own #gardenjournal post. My wonderful challenge now is that I'm back in the living in a 16-acre wild and jungly food forest. I don't even know where to start!

Anyway, thank you for sharing your lovely garden! 😁🙏💚

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Wow 16 acres!!! Please do write something... Maybe choose ten faves or a particular theme? Can't wait!

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Wow 16 acres!!! Please do write something... Maybe choose ten faves or a particular theme? Can't wait!

OK, that helps narrow down the focus a bit. I'll see what I can come up with for it! Thank you @riverflows! 😁🙏💚

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Good to hear that @theherbalhive is back. Love your irises and herbs. I have never used any of these before except for curry leaves and oregano I guess. Hehe

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What about thyme? That's a common one too.. and garlic of course!💚

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This is quite challenging and I want to participate but at this moment I don't have anything to write on.

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You could write about a memory of a garden, or a friend's garden or a botanical garden...

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Your garden is awesome! A natural pharmacy. I miss my own garden so much. It feels like a part of me was left behind. And the wetter months are awesome for the medicinal herbs here too. They grow the best then! It is summer now and everything is suffering from a water shortage and too much heat. I will return to my garden and herb musings soon! Thanks for the awesome communities.

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I bet you miss it. Sounds stiflingly hot there - hope you return to a rain drenched garden soon.

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Thank you for sharing this community in your post. I’m still finding my ways around here, but this one sounds perfect. I will join with garden journal for sure. Can you direct me to the post that describes the rules of the 1st week of November rules, please?

By the way - are you from England?

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I'm Australian and my hubs is English. Why do you ask?

You'll find the post pinned both to my blog and the Hive Garden community 💚

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I'm asking, because you mentioned something about English meadows. Also because I live on the south of England myself. I do love your Irises!

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in fifteen years I've never had such a disaster

At least you have something good (e.g. happy raspberries 😀), I am building my roof top garden from scratch.

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Oh can't wait to read about it, been missing you!

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What’s the difference between a healthy rabbit and an odd rabbit?
One is a fit bunny, and the other’s a bit funny. 🤣

I'd read this post just for the corny jokes 🙂 We planted some herbs but didn't really get serious about them. Mostly just good companion planting like basil by the tomatoes. Lots of good looking plants and knowledge in this post ✍️

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He he I'm glad you enjoyed them, I've been telling them to people this week for some great eye rolls 🐰

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You mentioned and showed a lot of plants with their herbal benefits but how sad I am not familiar with them except the oregano where my father were using in cooking and me is using it as a remedy for our cold, cough and even fever.

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Oregano is so powerful, it's such an important one to have in the garden!

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You're right @riverflows. In our previous place, we had a lot of it in our garden. Our neighbors can benefit on it and even some of our churchmate will go there to ask some of its leaves. But now, we don't have it, we don't have enough space. So for now, I just asked some from others.

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Great #herbalism post. I really love to also share post around herbal and use the right tag. Nice to see a lot of herbal photography you have shared here. My pleasure.

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Hi, I am always enjoying reading your post. I love how you explain all things nicely in your special way. Nice to see your green herbs and your iris flowers. happy spring and happy summer ahead A hug❤️😊

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Thanks so much sweet friend! Warm hugs back to you as it cools there.

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Loving this walk through your garden and the wonderful plants that adorn it. So much amazing medicine. I am hoping for rain, far too dry here still, he mullein is doing okay though and thyme and rosemary, but no plantain yet or wild lettuce. Send some rain over my way xxxxx

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It's going to warm next week ..crazy weather! Gosh it sounds awfully dry. A lot of herbs can hack it but rain would give them some much needed energy!

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Oh! Iris in November! How cool! Loved this shot of your garden, and your bunny jokes. :))

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We would need a little rain in these parts.

Despite being in a typically rainy period this year, the lack of rainwater is felt. And that affects the crops.

I need to use tap water, drinking water, but it is not the same. Rainwater truly revives plants, especially foliage.

The drinking water from the network, which we use for consumption, only manages to keep them alive.

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Sorry if I bother you again @riverflow on a topic that is not related to this post, but I would like to know if I still have time to participate in the contest dedicated to the month of November and until what day the posts can be published.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

PS: I think those flowers are a variety of orchid if I'm not mistaken.

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This garden always feels so inviting (even for camping 😜) and so abundant.
Great variety of herbs and so much nice info shared, always inspiring!

On dear, the rust on the garlic has upset me.

If it makes you feel better, I have NEVER managed to grow garlic! At all :))


So happy to hear about super sweet and cozy Herbal Hive!

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