Growing Chinese Herbs In Texas: Jiaogulan

Chinese Adaptogenic Herb Jiaogulan

We have talked about the key to growing “medicinal herbs” that are truly medicinal.  It is all about the growing environment and how closely it resembles the conditions the plants natively flourish in.  The medicinal compounds in an herb typically develop from the plant’s reaction to the combination of soil conditions, sun and water exposure and other environmental stimuli.  These environmental stimuli can be as varied as local toxin levels (pesticides, air pollution, etc) to wind conditions.

When I set out to start growing medicinal herbs, I did alot of research into figuring out which herbs might do well natively here in North Texas. … Read On

Growing Medicinal Herbs At Home 101

Grwoing medicianl dandelion herbs

In my quest to become a savvy suburban farmer, I have developed a real interest in growing herbs.  Not just culinary herbs.  My main focus has been to cultivate various medicinal herbs that are compatible with our North Texas environment.  I’ve become a big believer in the power of natural supplementation and plant-based medicine, especially in our current health care environment.  So I have been experimenting with growing a variety of common and not-so-common medicinal plants.

And it has been a challenge.

It is a relatively straightforward process to prepare a plot of ground to be used for growing vegetables. … Read On