Profitable Herb Growing and Collecting

Apr 8, 2013 by

profitableherbsProfitable Herb Growing and Collecting by Ada Teetgen was originally published in 1916 and is a wonderful resource for those of us who enjoy growing and collecting herbs. Here are the chapters to give you a better idea on what Ada covers in this vintage gem:

I. Herb Collecting Generally
II. Herbs in the Various Systems of Medicine, and the Herbalists, Ancient and Modern
Note on American Herbs and their Reintroduction and Cultivation in England
Non-official Plants— Botanic Pharmacopoeia — Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia
III. Weed Collecting
Popular Names of Plants
How to Identify Plants
Herb Gardens
How to Collect
Economic Market for Herbs
Collector’s Outfit
How to Pack Herbs
How to Treat the Various Parts of Herbs required by the Druggists, Roots, Barks, Leaves, Flowers, Seeds
IV. Methods of Drying Herbs
Drying Machine
Herbals Ancient and Modern.
V. Herb Growing Necessary Conditions for Success
Effect of the War, and the Lapsed English Industry
Imperial Conference, 191 1
Conditions created for the Small Grower
School of Drug Growing and Materia Medica Farm in Bucks
VI. A Note on Intensive Culture
VII. Herbalist Pharmacy and the Revival of the Domestic Still Room

HERB GROWING “It is said that a relatively small number of medicinal plants can be satisfactorily grown from seed sown directly in the field, hence the advisability of making sowings in a greenhouse and transplanting the seedlings later on to their permanent quarters. The preparation and tilth of the soil is of the first importance. The seedbed should be prepared by a thorough mixing of equal parts of garden soil, leaf mould, well rotted manure and clean sand. The depth of sowing is largely determined by the size of the seeds — the smaller the seed the less the depth, the larger the seed the greater the depth — and the character of the soil. Seeds sown in autumn require more covering than those sown in spring. It can seldom be definitely stated how much seed should be used for sowing a given area : in general the heavier the soil the larger the quantity required. If the plants are to be thinned out, or are particularly subject to the depredations of insects, the free use of seed is recommended. There are no express rules for the cultivation of medicinal plants ; the grower’s ordinary gardening or agricultural experience must be taken as a guide in most of the details of culture.”


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