Raspberry Leaf as a Plant Ally & Tending to your Garden in Summer

“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to “those who take care of us.”

― ROBIN WALL KIMMERER, BRAIDING SWEETGRASS: INDIGENOUS WISDOM, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, AND THE TEACHINGS OF PLANTS

Sowing a seasonal seed

With summer comes longer days & more sunlight. There is an intensity to summer that we can observe ourselves if we go into the garden or in the natural environment and take a moment to check in.

In Ayurveda the sister science to Yoga or ‘The Science of Life’, summer is Pitta season. It is understood that with summer comes
qualities that are heating, fast, sharp and intense by nature.
     
I notice this in my own work life right now, being the busiest, most stressful time of year with deadlines and overall movements of
the day being filled with more intense qualities. Patience thins, reactivity rises and the heat and movement experienced in our external
environment is expressed internally. Flowing into parts of our life in ways that leave us feeling imbalanced.

In Ayurveda, it is said that perfectionism is the troublesome partner of Pitta season. Again I am aware of this in my current experience of life and it is very curious then that I have been called and drawn to a specific plant in my garden. Wild Raspberry- our plant ally for the month.  

WHAT IS A PLANT ALLY?

A plant ally is a plant that calls to be in close relationship with you. A plant that you notice on a walk or in the garden that feels like it’s drawing you in or asking for your attention. Plant Allies will come and go throughout the seasons. As you move through different parts of your journey. The plant Ally suggested in the membership is only a suggestion for your plant ally. Please observe and listen to the call of the plants around you and listen to the tiny whispers from our wise friends, the plants. 

Plant Ally of the Month: Wild Raspberry

Wild Raspberry has been naturalised to Australia, New Zealand and the Americas but whose roots originated from Europe. It is a plant that grows abundantly in the garden. Filling out a sunny position in the garden with a bush of luscious green leaves, delicate ruby red raspberries and warning thornes that remind you to only take as little as you need. Not a berry anymore.

The spirit of Wild Raspberry is said to be a remedy for perfectionism. Allowing us to find balance between the peaks and valleys of our standards. It helps us to relax our tendencies to have ‘everything in place, just the way we need it to be’.

She is said to help soften and smooth friction, our expectations of our children & ourselves and allows us to become balanced and more free with our life. For all of these reasons, this is why Wild Raspberry is our plant ally this month. 

Working with Wild Raspberry

If you don’t already, you may want to try and get your hands on a wild raspberry bush to plant in the garden. The fruit is full of antioxidants and the leaves have been used by midwives and herbalists during child bearing years for many years.

Here is an online nursery I use for plant deliveries (link here)  

The leaves can be dried to make tea or simply  add fresh leaves to boiling water.

Tinctures can be made with the leaves and taken orally which is something I will be doing this month.

Cautions: In pregnancy this plant should not be taken without a qualified Naturopath/ Doctor/ Midwife or Herbalist’s recommendation as this herb should not be taken in the first trimester. 

Growing and tending your garden, this summer

Summer is the season for fast growing crops!  
In the garden right now we have our sun loving veggie and herbs:  Basil,Cucumber, Zucchini, Eggplant, Capsicum,
 Tomatoes, Corn
Here is a link to an interesting corn variety I’m ordering for the garden. (links here and here)

Companion Plants: Marigolds, Cosmos, Calendula, Nasturtiums, Sunflowers, Dahlias and any other flowering plant you love.

Gardening Tips this month: 

1. Let your herbs go to seed. Herbs are fabulous for attracting pollinators so let them bolt this season to attract our winged friends to pollinate our other plants.
2. Ensure you never leave an open soil space in your garden. This is the time of year to crowd your patch with abundance. This will ensure you keep your soil healthy and full of moisture and life. Roots in the soil are what ensure a healthy ecosystem in the soil. If you harvest a full crop be sure to replace it quickly with another plant to avoid moisture loss in the heat of summer.
3. With La Nina announced, ensure you are adding compost or liquid fertiliser into your soil as high rainfall can wash away vital nutrients for plants to thrive. 

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