Greg Martin

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Wow Andrew....quite the collection of medicinals!  Thank you for the tip and link.  
22 hours ago
Erik, that sure does look like a great candidate and A. nutans X angulosum seems like a set of very likely parents.  This summer I'll pay close attention.  Thank you!
1 day ago
Oooh...does look nice Josiah!  And thank you for everything you've been doing....well earned.

Steve Thorn wrote:When you're sitting around the fireplace at a friend's house, and you wish you could keep the coals to make biochar.

Teehehe….there's biochar tucked into the soil at many friends' houses and at many locations I've vacationed at.  I wonder if anyone ever finds it and gets confused.
2 days ago

Dianne Justeen wrote:If you're near New York City, or visiting sometime, check out the Cloisters.  The website doesn't have much about their gardens, but they are really lovely and done in the style of a Medieval apothecary garden.

I will try Dianne...the arcade they show in their picture is similar to the north wall of my dream greenhouse/walled garden.  :)  (A big thermal mass/radiator...not sure I can build it, but heck, it's a dream!)
3 days ago
Thank you Sena….it's now in my cart!
4 days ago
To paraphrase Nicole from the daily-ish…..we're not crazy, we're sane in a crazy world!

I've never thought about myself as a crazy plant person, but I do like the title.  Pearl, I want the bumper sticker and the tee shirt.
4 days ago

Nicole Alderman wrote: This made me think of the medicinal--and very dangerous--flower that grows wild around her: foxglove. It's very pretty and comes in shades from white to pink to purple. But, one bite can kill someone. Some--who probably already had heart conditions--died from just picking them or breathing the spores.

Yes, that's the category of plant that I was thinking about, except that I would likely not include it as I don't believe I can safely utilize foxglove.  Having said that, they are gorgeous.
5 days ago
I should have been more specific...opps.  Yes, the microclimate effects of a walled garden probably do make them much more attractive to me, but there is the second aspect of apothecary gardens being walled as a means to protect the contents from misuse (you figured me out on both counts Nicole!).  I like the idea of poisonous medicinals being dispersed throughout the forest garden to support the health of the garden system, but if children are allowed to forage then some of the most troublesome medicinals would be better off within a walled zone.  They could live there along with plants needing the microclimate boost here in zone 5 Maine.  It may be the plant collector in me that would want some of these plants, though I admit that I wouldn't be very interested in those that are too difficult to be safely used.  I do have young children here sometimes that love my forest garden and most of them will listen to me, but a few just are not capable.
5 days ago
Although I generally prefer to design my gardens to be as natural looking as possible, I admit to loving the look of a walled garden and some of the old walled apothecary gardens are so lovely.  I was wondering, if you were planning a walled apothecary garden, which plants would be highest on your list to include?

5 days ago