All posts tagged: Kathleen Sanchez

Kat Sanchez Says Grow Tender Raspberry Plants

Please welcome back friend & Garden Eats new contributor Kat Sanchez. In case you missed her interview  with us, Kat is a Los Angeles county certified master gardener, seed curator, wildcrafter and community herbalist. She’ll be sharing experiences from her medicinal gardens to help you grow in yours. I F  I  C A N grow something that I use almost every day in the apothecary then I am one happy gardener and herbalist… Especially when it’s a tender green plant. And, by growing more tender healing plants you are ensuring potency and overall quality of your herb! Tender raspberry plants- I grow them not just for their delicious and nutritious berries, but for their nourishing and strengthening leaves as well! Raspberry leaves contain appreciable levels of both vitamins A and C as well as bioavailable calcium and iron. Typically, red raspberry leaf infusion is used as a uterine tonic but shouldn’t be discounted for the benefits it confers to the male reproductive system. Its nourishing content alone makes raspberry leaf a great infusion for anyone. The …

In EcoKatLA’s Medicinal Garden & Growing Medicinals In The CA Drought

It’s been a tough year for most of our growing friends- especially ones who grow plants used for medicines. Many had to make challenging decisions due to the exceptionally dry conditions. Our friend Kat, joining us today from LA today is no exception. Without optimal soil nourishment, the drought had her thinking twice about how she’d be wise with her resources this season, yet still grow the healing plants she’s known for providing the greater Los Angeles community. We caught up with Kat in her medicinal garden for a chat on what her season looked like. Garden Eats: What new herbs or plants are you growing this year Kat? Kat: We’re growing a few new varieties this year that will add to the resiliency of our gardens. One was gifted to us by a friend, an Ice Cream Bean tree (Inga edulis), which is a fast-growing, nitrogen- fixing and drought-tolerant shade tree that bares bean pods after about three years. The pods are filled with beans and surrounding them is this cottony white filling that …