Oh boy…I love to garden but really garden beds are the cat’s meow! I can’t believe I didn’t do this LONG ago! We have one garden we made out of bricks using the holes for herbs and the center for tomatoes.
But the new garden bed is out of galvanized steel. I LOVE this idea! Our neighbor down the road was getting rid of a bunch of this steel and we just could not let it go to waste. So..we loaded up the truck and trailer and began creating.
Isn’t this just wonderful?
Dan will make 3 of these forming a horseshoe. (of course)
He also is making more for our “Thyme Out” pasture for the horses. Each box is filled with herbs the horses can munch on as their bodies needs. We love this as it helps the folks that come to the ranch learn about medicinal plants and how they can help us heal.
This man has been working hard to make these and I am VERY thankful we have compostready to fill these puppies up! It does take a ton of dirt to fill, but once done…they are set to go!
He simply cut each piece to the size we wanted and place a wood corner on each side. No bottom of course just placed right where we wanted them, leveled, and filled with compost and fresh dirt.
My back loves me!
Here we have them planted and Dan is now working on the other two to complete the horseshoe look. They will not be filled with veggies this year as it just got too late. Other priorities needed to take place, so, for now, this is what we have.
Peppers, tomatoes 2 kinds, carrots, spinach, and sweet beans. The outer part of the cement block garden is all herbs. Basil, thyme, oregano, cilantro, and pearl onions. (left over from last year)
Around the ranch, we love to continue to put in each garden some kind of herb. So each of the flower pots has at least one herb in it. I am also trying to grow blueberries in a garden pot. We have many wild ones around the ranch, but we NEVER get any! HUM…I think the 4 legged friends get them before we can!
Enjoy your summer garden and if you try the garden beds, they really make planting and upkeep wonderful!
God bless you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter all for Jesus,
I really don’t like writing grants. For the most part, they require SO much info I often am just overwhelmed with it all. But, in ministry, it is one thing we have to continue to do or at least try.
Last year I was knee deep in the dirt in my home. Not from not cleaning, but from filling little eggshells and growing pots full of seedlings. At the same time, I was writing a grant from our local Essential Health organization, St. Joseph’s Foundation: Planting, writing, planting, watering, horse chores, and more writing. In the process, I thought of the perfect project. An herb garden!
Hence not just for us, but for our horses. I have always wanted to create a place where the horses could graze freely with natural herbs. Herbs that I know they would each benefit from. Bokoda deals with allergies’ and now and then runny stools. Nugget will occasionally need something for a runny nose. Nugget is really healthy but it’s always good to have things for him to choose.
Therefore I got busy planning out what herbs would be great for them. Again, knee deep in dirt, I started planting seedlings of Yarrow, Meadowsweet, Calendula, Lavender, Valerian, and Marshmallow. I added Echinacea Purpurea later and of course the herbs of parsley, thyme, basil, and oregano.
We also had many herbs natural to our environment. In May, we got the grant! I was ecstatic! As a result, we now had the freedom to develop this new project which we named, “Thyme Out” Pasture and we could really see if it would help our animals health and ours.
Fancy that…it did! We began using the herbs in teas, tinctures, and syrups, plus all the salves for injuries and bug bites and we were OVERWHELMED at the results! Bokoda had NO coughing.
If Bokoda would show signs of a runny nose or stools, I would give him his regimen of immune boost herb blend and he was showing wellness in just a couple of days. We replaced all treats to just herbs and apples, and homegrown carrots, parsley, and thyme.
Some herbs were wild around the ranch.
It became such a wonderful teaching tool in our sessions. As they would help water, or weed we would talk about the herbs and how they help us in our illnesses. In the sessions at times, they would bring a horse to the pasture and see for themselves what the horse was needing that day. How they would walk by some and devour others.
One day we had a group of guys from our local
Teen Challenge for a session. We had the guys in the round pen with the horses holding one or two jars of herbs. Each jar was labeled with the name of the herb and its properties.
If the horse came to them, they would share what the herb is and what it was good for. At the same time, everyone was learning and observing if the horse would choose or would walk away and choose another.
It was fascinating for all of us!
Do you know what is really awesome about doing this project?
1) We were able to let families that came for sessions who were in need, pick herbs or veggies to bring home.
2) We could make many tinctures and salves using the herbs to help all year round, especially right now in the days of below zero temps and confinement to the indoors where germs grow.
3) Our vet bills were down
4) Our health is better as well as no trips to the doctor. The herbs in teas have helped along with the essential oils.
5) We have gained a TON of knowledge and look forward to continuing our learning.
6) Our bunnies and horses enjoy the herbs all year round. How nice they can have fresh parsley, carrots, plus all those other herbs throughout the winter months.
7) We are able to enjoy veggies as well by a wonderful harvest and canning.
8) We have been able to share the teas and our love for this project to others hoping they too will start growing more herbs and begin to change their health habits to more natural living.
Most of all, we are thankful to St Joseph’s Foundationfor allowing us to try something new and giving us a chance to make a difference in our ranch as well as the community.
Amazing! I hope you will try it this Spring. Start now! Plant those seeds in your home and get them strong!
I did create on scratch paper a garden plan. Knowing where to plant certain seeds. This helps you get an idea what will grow well where.
Here is my favorite source for seeds: LOVE LOVE the flower collection. I say…begin planning NOW!
God’s blessings in living a simpler life.
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The herbs are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Whether you have large yard space, a small four-foot by four-foot plot, or a windowsill, you can grow a healing garden for your animal(s). Some animal experts have asserted that pets intuitively eat plants according to their specific medicinal value. Many of these plants are simple and inexpensive to grow yourself.
For an outdoor garden, the burdock herb is an ideal plant. Known for its ability to treat allergies and digestive and kidney issues, the burdock is a traditional medicinal plant used worldwide. A rich soil works best, but be careful to not let this plant grow too large, for it will take over your entire garden when given the opportunity.
Milk thistle, good for liver disorders, is low on demands. It can be grown in wet or dry soil, and in a sunny or partly sunny location. However, remove the flowering heads to prevent it from becoming too weedy.
Peppermint is another easy-to-grow herb. Go to the store, buy the plant, and place it in rich, moist soil — that’s it. Your pet will find the leaves of the peppermint herb, which does well in both sun and shade, useful for indigestion and nausea. Just don’t forget to cut the springs back regularly to encourage healthy growth.
The Astragalus herb is useful for lowering blood pressure, decreasing blood sugar, improving digestion, and promoting healing. The Astragalus seeds need to be scratched before planting in sandy soil.