Planting goldenseal in the forest

Planting goldenseal in the forest


Okay, I have a seedbed which I actually
buried tin in the ground. I buried flashing to
keep the tree roots from penetrating into soil and it’s very
carefully prepared. I added compost to it and I plant the
seeds very thickly in a nursery bed and then it’s recommended after the 2nd
year you would transplant them – the reason being the first year they’re actually too
small to work with. So, I keep mine in a seedbed and then I plant them out after two years. Okay, I’m
producing two furrows that are three to four inches apart and about three-quarters of an inch deep. I
tend to put it on the shallow side and then add soil later if I have to. And they still have some of the pulp, so they’re going to stick together. I sew them pretty thickly because I feel
like they can withstand some crowding initially when they’re young and then you
transplant them. So, I’m probably putting at least 1 seed per inch or even thicker. And they’re wanting to clump together anyway so you tend to get some places where you have two plants
one place. And these are going to be sewed pretty thick but I’m not concerned with that because they’ll be transplanted later…and
they’re so slender anyway. And I’m just gonna firm that soil
approximately a half inch over the top, pat it down to make contact with seeds. So you get two rows about 4 inches apart
planted very thickly in the row. And then, I’m gonna put some mulch on that… Okay, I’m going to spread some leaf mulch on that. I’ll probably come back and put more supplemental mulch as winter goes on. The further north you live the
more mulch you have to have. We live in a mild climate here, so it won’t take a lot of mulch. So what I’ll do is I’ll check those
next spring to make sure none of them are exposed or planted too shallow and add some poplar shaving mulch to them… and monitor them through the summer for
slug damage or any other wildlife predation. Goldenseal
seed, if you were to purchase it, is eight hundred dollars a pound. I’ve talked to people who have had wild
turkeys come and pluck it all out… so it’s a little bit too precious just to broadcast it in the woods. I’ve had good luck germinating where they mostly come up the first year. I’m getting 75 to 90 percent germination on mine, so I’m very happy with that… although that’s
not always the case. Like for instance, this year it was
extremely rainy and I mulched mine and I regret that I mulched them, so
you have to really adjust to the weather. If it’s a really
rainy year you don’t want to put as much mulch on them. Whereas the year before I used mulch, it was
highly successful… so that’s going to be something you
have to account for. Sawdust is found to be the best thing… not oak or pine sawdust. Hay is not good
to mulch goldenseal with because it causes crown rot. So I always use… I try to use popular – tulip
poplar sawdust which rots very quickly and adds fertility to the soil.

One Reply to “Planting goldenseal in the forest”

  1. I´m working for a Pharmaceutical Company and we´re interested in growing Goldenseal sustainable. Is there a possibility to contact Ben Kitchen directly?

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