Yes, she is pretty, but she wants to take over! Nothing like planting a pushy plant in your garden! She’s not content to grow only in her own bed but wants to expand into the peppers and tomatoes. She also thinks she should move into the squash.

Moving into the tomato bed.
Yet her fragrance is irresistible to the bees— and to us—and we love her presence. Valerian is one of the six Biodynamic compost preparation plants. We use the tincture made by pressing the flowers to spray on tender grape shoots in the spring if we fear frost. Valerian brings in the heat force, particularly through relating to the element phosphorus. For the compost pile, we stir  26 drops of the tincture into 3 gallons of water, then pour half into a hole in the pile and spray the rest over it.

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For our Open House on June 23, 2012