Skullcap starts, looking good and ready to plant. This is a short-lived perennial herb, so I need to plant replacements every year or so to keep my patch going here. There should still be time for these to grow a good root system this fall. I'm hoping they'll be well enough established to give a nice crop of aerial parts (flowers and leaves) next summer, to be tinctured.
A few days ago, we harvested this year's ginseng roots. We also clipped the leaves of all the plants we DIDN'T harvest. The leaves are drying now, to be used for tea. With the leaves gone, poachers can't find the roots.
Remember the photograph of fluffy little baby chicks I posted while back? Well, here they are now. These girls will start laying eggs this fall--and not a moment too soon! Our older hens will lay fewer eggs as the days grow shorter, and we're aiming to keep our markets well-supplied with the best eggs in town, all winter long.
Our hummingbirds will leave soon to fly south for the winter. We hope to see this little fella again next spring. The number of hummers returning here has dwindled over the past several years. I worry that bad things are happening in their winter home, somewhere in Central America. Whle they're here, though, they live well, multiply prodigiously, then head south fat and healthy.