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Meet Claire, one of the Weleda gardeners who cares for our 15 acre growing site called 'The Field'.
This is whats been happening lately...
This time of year can be pretty hard going for us all Ė dark mornings, cold, wet days or even snow and ice on the ground. Iím sure we should all still be hibernating. But under the ground itís a different story...
Have you noticed how prolific the Stinging nettles are this time of year? They seem to have enjoyed the recent weather conditions and are in full flowering mode. We love nettles at Weleda! Itís the perennial nettle (Urtica dioica) that proliferates at The Field and we recently harvested 3kg of whole flowering plant (including the roots) to make a medicinal tincture. This tincture goes into one of Weledaís own herbal remedies, prescribed by doctors, for anaemia.
Our Cowslip Meadow is putting on a good show. They're moisture loving plants so have thrived with last years soggy summer. The story is quite different for many of our other herbs
Looking around the Weleda gardens itís hard to believe that itís April and that weíre actually in British Summer Time. The trees are still bare and the plants are refusing to awaken from their winter slumber. It is however British Seed Time!
Spring is rapidly coming towards us, but until it arrives we've found time to get a 'bit' of hedgelaying done. We have a 100 metre Hawthorn hedge on one of our boundaries that we think is at least 100 years old.
Itís often thought that everything outdoors Ďin natureí is dormant in the wintertime, as there are few visible signs of life above ground. However the living soil is actually at itís busiest at this time of year, utilising the earthís crystallising forces to replenish and recharge itself.
Our land at The Field is completely saturated, we've had streams pouring off the gardens and down the pathways and tracks. Because the land is far too wet to work on, we've retreated inside the garden shed to clean the seeds that we harvested in August and September.
It's late Autumn now and we've just about put the garden to bed for the coming winter. We've dug the soil, sowed our green manures and top dressed the perennials with our wonderful 'home-made' biodynamic compost.