Anne Miller wrote:Maybe researching beforehand how big the roots get for each plant and whether they can be transplanted might help your decision on where to plant them.
Also researching how big the plants get might be a big help. When I planted my rosemary I was thinking of this cute kitchen herb. The instruction said to plant allowing 3 feet on each side. Three feet on each side was not enough space for the big shrub that I have.
Think about having to dig those roots up when deciding where to plant. The spot will need to have easy access as not to disturb other plants.
Just a few thoughts.
Robin Katz wrote:We are growing codonopsis and dandelion along with lots of other culinary and medicinal herbs in a hugel bed and they are doing very well. I haven't pulled the codonopsis yet but the dandelion get big in one season and the ones I've pulled have long healthy roots (up to 6"). My hugel bed has a base layer of big logs, then small logs, dirt, wood chips then topsoil. The small logs are fairly near the surface in some areas (2-3" deep) but that doesn't seem to be an issue.
We used the wood chips on top to help fill in gaps along with the dirt. The first year this bed was in production I pulled a plant that was doing much better than those around it. The root system was huge and some wood chips came up with it since the roots were wrapped around the chips, which had fungi growing and breaking them down.
The culinary herbs are going crazy. My lemon thyme plant is about 3 feet across and always busy with pollinators. The raspberry is insane and has spread 6 feet in every direction, so next year they get moved around the property so they don't take over more than they have already.
Maybe try it out with ashwagandha and dandelion first before starting the ones that don't mature for several years. In my research, most of them do not like to be moved once they are established. Or plant some in the hugel bed and some in a bed with deeper soil. That would be a really useful experiment.
John Suavecito wrote:For root medicines, there are some plants like licorice, where you remove a root (a licorice stick) but leave the plant in place.
For others, you have to take up the whole plant at the end of the season and kill the plant.
Your strategy should have differences for those, as well as the probable climate situation when you harvest the roots.
Some places have lots of rain during that time. Others, dry and hot. It is much easier to access roots when there is moisture in the roots.