An ancient medicinal. Also prized in permaculture gardens. The deep tap root breaks up compacted clay soils and brings trace elements from the substrata to the surface. Then the leaves are added to compose piles to share this benefit.
Crushed leaves are used as an antidote for Stinging Nettles. Used extensively for skin ailments like psoriasis. A blood purifier. Helps relieve constipation with a mild action.
Roots are harvested in late summer to early fall after blooming. Wash them thoroughly then dice them up to dry on screens. To prepare add 1-2 tsp to a cup of water. Bring to a boil then gently simmer for 15 minutes. This is called a decoction. Can also be used to make a tincture.
Seeds can be direct sown in early spring and covered lightly. In warmer locations, classed as a perennial. Otherwise, often a biennial. Locate in marginal areas, needs no care once planted.
We use simple thick Kraft paper envelopes and sealed plastic bags to protect seeds from light and moisture. They are shipped in bubble wrap envelopes for extra protection. Store them in a cool dry place in this packaging for an extended shelf life.
Approximate Seed Count per Package:
Tomatoes- 15-20 seeds
Endangered Tomatoes- 10-15 seeds or noted
Peppers- 15 seeds
Endangered Peppers- 10 seeds
Herbs- 25-30 seeds unless otherwise noted
Flowers- 25-30 seeds
Melons- 15 seeds unless otherwise noted
Cabbage- 20 seeds
Broccoli- 40 - 50 seeds
Perennial Broccoli - 20 seeds
Celery- 40 seeds
Chard- 35 seeds
Shallots- 35-40 seeds
Onions- 25 seeds
Earth Chestnut- 25 seeds
Beans- 20 seeds or noted
Greens- 30-40 seeds or noted
Parsley- 50 seeds
Walking Onions- 5 bulbils
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