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Alfred Vogel’s Love of Nature: Settling into spring in Roggwil

by Annmarie, on 7 April 2015, Herbal Remedies
Der Schaugarten in Teufen ist für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglic

When Alfred Vogel first came to the area around Roggwil, he settled in a small village called Teufen about 1,000m above sea level. It was here that he started his naturopathic clinic shortly after the Second World War.

At that time, supplies of herbs were not easy to come by – you could not simply pick the phone up, send an email or order stock through the Internet. Continue reading >

Alfred Vogel’s Love of Nature: Caring for babies in the nursery

by Annmarie, on 11 March 2015, Alfred Vogel's Love of Nature
Seedling of Echinacea purpurea

Last month our Love of Nature series explored the importance of our compost and preparing our soil, this month its all about caring for our new seedlings!

March is the month when we bring on seedlings in our greenhouse. Everyone who has ever grown their own plants knows the excitement (often out of all proportion to the size of the tiny sprout) that they feel when a minute green frond starts to unfurl from the carefully tended soil. Imagine that excitement multiplied by several thousands as our specially selected seeds start to show their colours. Continue reading >

Alfred Vogel’s Love of Nature: The best compost in the world

by Annmarie, on 10 February 2015, Alfred Vogel's Love of Nature
Urban Fecker holds the valuable compost in his hands, which become used as dung in the garden.

Last month our Alfred Vogel’s Love of Nature series explored the ploughing and planning stages which happen in January, this month the next step is to apply the compost…

Never shake the hand of an eager composter – they may just have been delving into the depths of their favourite compost heap to see if it feels ready to use. Continue reading >

Alfred Vogel Love of Nature: Ploughing, planning & skiing

by Annmarie, on 6 January 2015, Alfred Vogel's Love of Nature
Echinacea flowers in snow.

It snows a lot in Switzerland and the start of the year usually sees our gardens under snow or frost. Not much is happening – the insects, worms and other wildlife are either sleeping or have gone away.

And so have the people – you won’t see many working the gardens this time of year. With temperatures which can fall to below -10oC, it is better to stay indoors. Continue reading >

Alfred Vogel’s Love of Nature: What do Alsatians and Herbamare have in common?

by Annmarie, on 5 December 2014, Alfred Vogel's Love of Nature
Images for Herbamare variations 2011. Herbamare Original.

Our fields in Roggwil are usually covered in snow this month and not much can be seen in the herb gardens. This is an excellent opportunity to bring you to some other fields we have a few hundred miles away.

The Alsace is situated in the Eastern part of France and lies next to both Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries, the border with Germany has shifted numerous times and the culture of the region has many Germanic influences. Continue reading >