Herbs: Medicine from the Garden
Spring’s warming temperatures begin to thaw the hardened ground of Winter producing splashes of green around your yard or garden. Unfortunately, in our Western culture, too many consumers spend much time and money trying to rid their outdoor space of these “weeds.” Did you know that those obnoxious weeds in your garden may be giving you a message about the condition (imbalances) of the soil in your yard?
I learned from Steven Horn, an herbalist and instructor at the School of Modern Herbal Medicine, that different weeds thrive in different soil conditions. Certain weeds thrive in compact soil because their growth loosens the soil. Some weeds actually balance soil deficiencies while other weeds grow well in toxic soils because they tend to detoxify the soil.
Horn suggests learning the nature of the weeds, then treating or balancing the soil and the weeds usually will bid your yard or garden good-bye.
A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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