This past weekend I harvested a much anticipated item from my medicinal herb garden. I planted Marshmallow and Elecampane last year. They overwintered well before coming up again this year and growing something close to six feet tall. It was amazing to see just how tall they got. I suspect I was probably a bit late on harvesting them since all of the plants had already set the buds where new growth would appear next year. I’m going to try replanting come spring what remains and see if I can get plants from the leftover root crowns.
I ended up with 2lbs 8oz of Elecampane root (from five plants) and 1lb 4oz of Marshmallow root (from three plants). I’ve processed through most of it at this point. I just need to clean and dry what I have left of the Elecampane root to add to my herb cupboard along with the glycerites and tinctures of both Marshmallow and Elecampane. Not bad for a half of a days worth of work!
Don’t forget to stop by Daphne’s Dandelions for more Harvest Monday!