Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Under the Old Cedar Tree

... lies a patch of lemonbalm ready for a first harvest. (cleavers too) While the rains come down all around, it's warm and dry under the outstretched arms of the Old Cedar.

LEMON BALM - Melissa officinalis

(click on the botanical name for some common uses)

I frequently sell starts from my lemon balm patch at markets.
Lemon balm is a vigorous plant.
Always harvest before it blooms, for tea.
Only pick the best leaves for drying, compost the rest.

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