Dr. Weil’s British Columbia Garden, Part 1 | Andrew Weil, M.D.

These are alpine strawberries that have
self seeded here or birds have dropped them and the fruits are a yellowish white and
taste like pineapple, and one of the advantages of them is that birds can’t see the fruits so you don’t have to protect them. In the front bed here I have leeks, not
yet mature. this is heliotrope, which has a
delicious smell like cookies. Used as a sources essential oils for perfumes and
my dogs love to snack on these even know the book say they’re poisonous. Don’t seem to be doing them any harm. It’s their favorite thing to eat. This is a plant called Tigridia Mexican Shellflower, one opened yesterday. You’ll probably see one later
today. They’re gorgeous. These are edible pinks, related to carnations, that
have a clove scent, also can be flowers used in cooking. This is Valerian, sourced the sedative. The root is the part that’s used. Wonderful corn, which is now just making ears, and will be ready in maybe 3 weeks.This is a variety called serendipity that I found, that Norie and I found works best in our climate, in our zone. This is
horseradish, which I established a a year ago. It’s, you know, people say once this is planted, you can never eradicate it.
Horseradish clears the sinuses, it liquifies bronchial secretions.
Great if you have chest congestion and I just love the flavor. I have a lone eggplant and pepper here; they
struggle in this climate so with luck, they’ll mature. These are beets, some of which are almost ready to harvest. They’re rich in phyto protective pigments, fiber. The tomatoes, again it’s a tricky up here to figure out which varieties do best. This year I’m growing a lot of Brandywine
tomatoes, which I think have the best flavor and they seem to do well here.
They mature late. And this is shiso, the green shiso,
Japanese. it’s in the mint family, you get it with sushi, pickles, got a very
distinctive taste. Nasturtiums, edible flowers and leaves, spicy. I like I don’t usually use the leaves, I decorate with them. The flowers are good; related to watercress.

8 thoughts on “Dr. Weil’s British Columbia Garden, Part 1 | Andrew Weil, M.D.

  1. I love Alpine strawberries, they actually grow as far south as West Virginia (around 4,000 ft above sea-level)

  2. Congratulations on a great garden! If you had to choose between your garden and your pills, I'll bet you'd choose the garden hands down. Also, congratulations on helping to change Dr. Sanjay Gupta's mind on Weed. He must have read your book, "The Natural Mind." I have a 4th floor roof top food garden which I love. I like to commune with my plants, and the many kinds of birds who only eat pests, and all the lizards who are the real storm troopers of the garden.

  3. I am a big fan. The world needs more doctors who are curious and open-minded. And it's fun to get a glimpse of your idyllic lifestyle.

  4. Like the quote on Dr.Weil's T-shirt, (1:55) which reminds me of another, a Chinese proverb:
    "Cultivating one's own garden is the politics of the humble man."

  5. clear plastic bag over the peppers will make all the difference (or in a greenhouse if you have one). Plus peppers are a plant that needs to have some shoots removed to get the best ones to grow.

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