The SFA Herb Plot is looking just great, due in large part to weather that has been warm, but not hot, rainfall that has been plentiful, but not overbearing and an all around fantastic late summer weather pattern.
Many of the herb crops were harvested the first time around in July and August, and the regrowth on those is astounding. In some cases, we may have harvested too early, and in some cases too late, but in reality, that’s one of the purposes of the plot is to learn and demonstrate, both the good and the not so good.
The accompanying picture here shows about 6 weeks of regrowth on the catnip, which is already flowering. A portion of the original growth of catnip stands in the background. This original stand is much more aromatic and will be tested for efficacy on Maria. The harvest from 6 weeks ago had only modest effect on her, and she was quickly bored with it. We’ll see how this older crop affects her.
The other crops have also recovered from summer harvest, including the sorrel, st. john’s wort and tarragon. These clearly have multiple harvest capability.
The field day originally mentioned here in the blog for October 7 has been changed to Sept. 20. If you are interested in seeing the plot, learning more about herb production and the potential for adding an herb enterprise to your farm, you are welcome to attend SFAs Herb Walk.
The herb walk will be held at 6PM on Sept. 20, 2016. The plot is located at: 9747 70th Ave., Milaca, MN 56353 There is no charge for attending the herb walk.
I’ll be on hand to discuss the plot and what we’ve learned about these crops and their fit (or not) as potential crops in MN. If you have questions, please call 763-260-0209. Thanks!