The Autumn New England rain has covered the landscape with mushrooms. Mindy and Marc discuss their findings. They include chaga (Inonotus obliquus), fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), and they believe the white glowing mushroom is destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera).





Marc’s “Herb Nugget” highlights the arrival of autumn. Is he happy or sad about it?

The “Herb of the Podcast” is Matricaria recutita, or Chamomile. This lovely flower is the Astor family and has been used for centuries as a helpful digestive aid, sedative, and wound healer.

Mindy’s“Backed by Science” article is: Ruhollah Shoara, et al. Efficacy and safety of topical Matricaria chamomilla L. (chamomile) oil for knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 181-187.

The Worldwide Herbal And Foraging News articles are this one, this one, and this one. College Universities collaborate with a goal of helping students to eat healthy, octogenarians gardening, and women in agriculture.

Updates: Mindy and Marc navigate their way to an orienteering class!

REVIEW: Making More Plants – The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation

By Mindy

Highly informative text on the various methods of plant propagation, wrapped in a coffee table book – type package (complete with beautiful photography!)

Ken Druse’s “Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation” is a perfect book for this time of year.  Even though the spring has been a bit long in warming up here in the Northeastern United States, our garden preparations have been carefully thought out. And “Making More Plants” is what its all about!

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This season, Marc and I are investing heavily in what we call our “Italian Seasoning” garden, so named due to the fact that it highlights our pesto staples: basil, thyme, rosemary, spinach, oregano. And we have a little lemon balm thrown in, which we will utilize medicinally. Using the procedures we outlined expansively here, we have started over 400 seedlings indoors this year! The featured photograph above shows our indoor growing set up with LED shop lights.

So, propagating plants is extremely important to us. In fact as we mentioned on last week’s episode of the The Walking Herbalist Podcast, our idea of foraging often includes looking for ways to make sure that we reproduce our wild floral friends. And of course, planting seeds is not the only way to make this happen.

Genovese Basil
A tray of Genovese Basil (approximately 5 days after sowing) for Marc & Mindy’s “Italian Seasoning Garden”

“Making More Plants” is a beautiful, large, coffee-table sized book (maximum dimension 11 inches), with exquisite photographs that were mostly taken by the author. The information within ranges from general plant botany, to sowing seeds, to vegetative propagation with descriptions for all sources of plant material (stems, leaves, roots). Plant grafting and division are also included.  It is a terrific source of information for the experimental gardener who wants to find ways to increase plant populations.

Be creative out there! Find your plants, and then make more of them. Ken Druse’s “Making More Plants” is definitely a good starting place!


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The Walking Herbalist Podcast- Episode 6. The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Show!

Herbalists Mindy and Marc went to the Northeast Organic Farming Association Winter Conference (NOFA)! Workshops attended and discussed: accessing land for your farm, seed growing & saving, making major money with minor crops, growing garlic & gardening with fungi. While not necessarily specific to herbalism, the conference was a delight for farmers, homesteaders, and herbal enthusiasts. Enjoy!