A combination of some or all of the following herbs.
SageWash the herbs and place in dehydrator. Dehydrate at 105 degrees until leaves are crispy (about an hour or two).
I love summer. I look forward all year to my summer garden and I’m one of those people who love the heat
This year…. the vegetables are not so great. My spinach and rhubarb are done for the season after a meager harvest and the rest of the vegetables are doing poorly. The peppers and zucchini aren’t up yet, still just flowers, which could be a pollinating problem, or too much heat. I’ve chatted with neighbours with vegetable gardens and they are reporting the same frustrations.
I tried two cauliflower plants this year; both ruined by heat and caterpillars, see photo of all the eggs in the cauliflower. Gross.
On the positive side, we are reveling in a plethora of raspberries right now.
I’ve been making raspberry smoothies, raspberry jam, raspberry muffins, and of course, just eating them fresh off the canes.
Strawberries are doing well too this year. I moved them to different location than they were last year, and that has resulted in less ants in the containers. Growing my own fruit and vegetables makes me deeply appreciate organic farmers; keeping insects away with no pesticides is quite a challenge.
The Saskatoon berries never came up, too much damage from the animals in the spring; hopefully we’ll get a good harvest next summer. For the first time in a dozen years, our mulberry hasn’t had ripe fruit by June, the berries are still small and white, though they look like they’ll be ready to eat in a week or two. The herbs are hanging in there with the heat. We finally had rain this week, which was desperately needed, my rain barrel was just about empty.
Anyone with tips for organic fruit and vegetable gardening? I’d love to hear your comments.
I’ve tried making homemade bagels in the past, but they have always turned out too dense and chewy until I found the bagel recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It was easy to adapt to make our favourite flavours, including cinnamon-raisin and garlic and herb, with fresh basil and chives from our garden. They turned out great! Not as fluffy as store-bought ones, but still a super taste and texture.
The authors have posted the bagel recipe and some modification ideas on their here here.
Newly planted vegetables: spinach, red pepper, zucchini, cauliflower, celery, and cilantro. Perennial herbs from last year: chives and lavender. Chives are the heartiest thing in my garden. They last until late fall and are the first to come up in late winter. Most of our veggies are in containers and this works well for us with our small backyard for many reasons: being two feet off the ground makes it less likely for rabbits, groundhogs and other animals to destroy them, I can easily switch up which veggies I want to grow each year, I can control the quality of the soil and I can easily move them around the yard to maximize sun exposure.
Fruit that will be ready to pick later this summer: strawberries for the fifth year (one plant from last year actually survived; the rest are new), raspberries for the eighth year (last year’s harvest was about 1,000) and Saskatoon berries for the second year (last year’s harvest was a pitiful two; our resident groundhog destroyed much of the bush so we hope it recovers well this year).
Pot of Italian herbs: basil, parsley, etc.
Newly planted cauliflower
What to do with an old metal gazebo we don’t use anymore? We upcycled the legs to hang our strawberry plants and to deter animals from coming in the garden. We also used a piece as a rose trellis:
By the way, the rose above is called Breath of Life and will be in full bloom in about a month. It grows like a weed and has the nastiest thorns but the prettiest pale pink blooms. If you want a hardy, climbing rose bush that will grow quickly up a wall or arbor, it makes a good choice, but it’s a beast that can take over your garden if you don’t cut it back regularly. Here’s a pic from last year:
Breath of Life rose
Can’t wait to begin harvesting fruits and veggies this summer!