Low Waste, Sustainability, Gardening, Gathering and Herbalism

LOW WASTE MAY

Event | Gathering and Sourcing Herbs 

Low Waste, Sustainability,  Gardening, Gathering  and Herbalism | with Loni from Herbal Studio

Recording available soon.   

This month Harmony chats to Loni, a local Herbalist, to speak about her knowledge in the garden and working with plants as medicines. We see how she grows organic plants at home and the best sustainable practices from creating soil and growing herbs that heal at home.

Gathering Herbs 

Growing and gathering culinary herbs at home is a great way to reduce your weekly waste and save some money on food. I remember buying basil and rosemary most weeks at the supermarkets because I didn’t consider planting and harvesting my own at home. Since planting herbs at home I have never looked back. 

When you grow herbs at home you create an economy to enrich your health, your food and your home. Herbs have many uses from culinary, to medicinal, to cleaning, to decorating and so much more. When you purchase herbs you can use the plant raw or dried, the flowers raw or dried, you can make oils, tinctures, dressings and so much more. You can harvest seeds for consumption, trading within your community or for reseeding. A Herb economy. 

A selection of 5-10 herbs is plenty to supply a household and reduce single use plastics waste. When it comes to thinking sustainably, consider connecting with your neighbours and community and see what others are growing. Maybe you can grow something different to trade? It  is important to harvest herbs when there is enough to be shared in the locally ecology. You wouldn’t pick a thyme bush that only had 3 stems or you wouldn’t harvest a basil bush with flowers where the bees were happily harvesting from.  It’s important to take into consideration the plant and the local ecology. To widen our view and only take herbs when the plant is abundant and when it is right to take from the system. 

Drying herbs

When it comes to drying your herbs it is often best to air dry where possible especially when herbs are drier in nature. Dry them by hanging them in dark areas with good airflow. When herbs naturally have a higher water content freezing works best or using a dehydrator. 

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Next month:  we will look at planting a herb spiral in Zone 1 of a permaculture urban design in the gardening section of the membership 

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