Author Archives: Dafydd
A little author bio about DafyddDafydd came into this world in the springtime of 1988 in North West Wales, growing up in Wales and Lancashire. He has had his feet in the soft nourishing soil of his homeland ever since, and in 2007 this lead to him developing green fingers and a white coat as he set out on his journey towards becoming a practitioner of herbal medicine. Currently he divides his time between Lincoln and North Wales, and is a student Herbal Medicine at Lincoln University. He has a specific interest in the indigenous medicine traditions of the Celtic lands and the use of native and local plant species.
…If not yet literally, then certainly in terms of activity! This week a few things really seem to have fallen into place! The two most exciting thing from my point of view is that we have just taken delivery of a ton of top soil ready for the herb garden. It is bagged up waiting for me to use it where I need (mainly in raised beds). This is great news as it dramatically increases the list of herbs and medicinal plants I can grow at Cae Non. Next, and equally exciting for me is that I have just sent in the first seed order of the year! So far the list looks like: Angelica – Angelica archangelica Borage – Borago officinalis Burdock – Arctium lappa Chamomille – Anthemis nobilis Elecampane – Inula helenium Foxglove – Digitalis spp. Wild garlic – Allium ursinum Gravelroot – Eupatorium purpureum Marshmallow – Althea officinalis Motherwort – Leonurus cardiaca Milk Thistle – Sillybum marianum Valerian – Valeriana officinalis Vervain – Verbena officinalis Wormwood – Artemisia absinthum Yarrow – Achillea milefolium If I could get these herbs prospering at Cae Non by the end of this year, I’d be very happy! I also have a load of other herbs in pots waiting to be planted out, and some bigger, shrubbier herbs waiting to go in too! Hopefully, next winter will see me able to give you all an update on what took and what didn’t grow so well! I’m aiming to get my first proper raised bed up and ready soon (next few weeks) but the others might have to wait until the summer… more on that in a separate post (I can promise it will be interesting as it involves other people giving me a hand – lips are pursed but will reveal all soon!). Enjoy the spring guys, and whatever you do, take some time to get soil on your hands!