Sage Hill Farms and Vintage Store

~Autumn At Sage Hill Farms~

Seems we were all so busy wishing for the autumn we didn’t notice that it slipped in under the dark of night I for one got caught with a few things still left to do prior to the cool weather setting in for the stay.

Been busy gathering seed heads from flowers and herbs….almost done.
If you are on the list for shipping I will be in contact very soon. Some are packaged and ready to go.

Sage Hill had a very bountiful summer from the gardens, we were blessed to not have been in the drought areas…blessed indeed. The bounty has been frozen, canned, and dried. Going to be a yummy winters feast

Are you planting a fall garden? Now is the time.

In the southern region, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, Bush beans, and all manner of greens…spinach, turnip, mustard, and collards. Some lettuces will also give you a great fall crop.

We had an abundance of Bush beans in the late summer garden, so will not be replanting those. Honestly, by this time I’m over the cucumber crave and hubby doesn’t like them…

I think we will be focusing on greens…

Remember, the beds (areas) that you won’t be replanting needs to be cleaned and filled with good mulching material…leaves, discarded veggies, shavings, and grindings of small limbs , black & white paper, etc. This will compost over the winter and you will have awesome spring soil.

If you have perennials to be moved I would do that now, they need time to take to the new surroundings before another change in temps come. (Don’t prune just prior to moving…too much stress and you can kill the whole plant.)

Saving your Heirloom Tomato Seed~

Harvest the ones you want the seed from. Cut in half. Squeeze the juice, pulp, and seed into a container.

Let sit about 5 days until the surface is covered with a whitish mold. Scrape off the mold with a spoon and discard…leaving the seed.

Add clean water to seed mixture and stir, the viable seed will sink to the bottom and the nonviable will float. Remove floating seeds and pour the rest into a fine mesh sieve.

Rinse the seed until they are clean and no pulp remains.

Spread seed on paper plates or coffee filters and let dry 3 to 5 days.

Move seed around a few times daily to promote even drying.

Store seed in small manila envelopes or small glass jars-away from heat and light.

Label with all the info you will need for the spring usage.

If you are drying herbs for the winter, they retain much more of their oils by hang drying upside down.

As soon as they are dried (leaves fall away from the stems when touched) strip from the stems and store in airtight containers…never in plastic or paper that isn’t designed for the purpose. Small glass jars are perfect…away from heat and light.

Many think Basil isn’t good in the dried stage…I disagree. Dried and stored properly, for some things I like dried best.

Remember too that dried is more powerful than fresh. Adjust accordingly.
I use ounce for ounce ½ the dried that I would use fresh.

I trust your landscape is beginning to look a lot like Autumn ~


The Sage Hill Farms Family~
Bea and Mike Kunz
Sage Hill Herb Farm
32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tennessee-37144