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Growing our own Medicine!

Grow yer own!

Post Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:29 am

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As Doc has repeatedly said, it should be a priority to grow our own medicine. I have noticed repeatedly from herbs that I have bought pale in comparison to my own dried herbs, which are always vibrantly colored and have a strong smell and taste. The organic ones I buy from very good reputable companies are always darker colored, with a much milder smell and taste. I have seen the large drying rooms that some herb growers/companies use. I believe the higher heat settings they use to dry them quickly are the reason I see such a huge difference from my own gently-dried herbs and flowers.
I'll attempt to upload a photo here...In it you can see an example 4 jars of Ginkgo. The first darker jar on the left is the commercial ginkgo. The Second is my own early fall leaf, the last on the far right is the late fall leaf, and the small 3rd jar is the mixture that I usually use because the two stages have different beneficial properties. I try to grow everything I can now even if it is easily/cheaply commercially available.
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Post Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:53 pm
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I wish our Ginkgo trees at HGH were ready to harvest so much from. It is beautiful.

Post Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:29 pm
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Thanks froggy. That picture about sums it up. Grow yer own!. :)

Post Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:20 pm

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I totally agree. Mr. Fundog remarked how much more flavorful my homegrown spaghetti herbs are than the store bought. Now that I've given up my garden for a nomadic lifestyle, I will be very sad when I run out.

Post Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:04 pm

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Do ginkg trees grow in Idaho? :confused:

Post Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:26 pm
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cbench wrote:
Do ginkg trees grow in Idaho? :confused:

Yup. Gingko loves Idaho. There are lots of them on the campus of BYU-Idaho way up in Rexburg.

Gather the leaves in the fall when they first start to change color. That's when flavenoid content is the highest.


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