On Second Thought -
Spring Is Official as of 1:14 AM-20th of March
I may stand guard and celebrate!
Paying very close attention to nature's workings today--this is what I concluded….the soil has plenty of
moisture, plenty of earthworms, and is ready to spring forth and produce.
The garlic bed is 100% sprouted and growing very fast, some are 7” tall. It will mature in mid-summer and be
ready for harvest within two weeks after.
Garlic is a Companion plant--it will keep insects off your eggplant, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce and
tomatoes. It also keeps aphids and Japanese beetles off your roses.
Tip…do not plant it near your beans and peas…it will inhibit their growth.
Do You Know The Benefits of Garlic?
Two fresh crushed cloves daily with bread and butter or in mashed potatoes-provides an effective antiviral
during flu and cold season. It is also helpful in the diet to lower high blood pressure, and for cleaning up bad
cholesterol and circulation issues.
(Now the law says I must tell you…if you’re suffering from any of these issues…please see your health care
provider. Oh…and ask if this might be right for you. Sorry, I get a little ticked each time I type
A Favorite Recipe
As many cloves as needed (garlic)
High grade olive oil for drizzling
Sage Hill Farms Cajun seasoning
Sea salt (not table salt)
½ cup coarsely chopped pine nuts
Clean and arrange the garlic on a greased oven-proof glass baking dish
Drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and salt
Pine-nuts are optional…yummy!
Roast about 15 to 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 375* You want it just very lightly browned…too long and
it will taste bitter
New Plants at Sage Hill Farms~
There are two I’ve been very interested in knowing more about…one is the Harlequin
Glory Bower (also
called a Chance tree) --the photo at the top of my Timeline Facebook page.
This little tree has such a history to be so little sought after.
Its native range is China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippine’s.
It’s on permanent display in the arboretum at the University/Copenhagen at Horsholm.
It was introduced into cultivation around 1800-it was described in the 1916 Danish book on trees and bushes
and was sold by the famous Danish nurseryman Aksel Olsen as early as 1928...it comes from the verbenaceae
(verbena or vervain) family.
Flowers in August and September-attracts hundreds of butterflies, they seem to just live in the tree for
It does put forth a few new babies on a regular basis-coming from the root of the mother plant and contained
very close in to the base of the tree. We have had no problem keeping them at bay…pull and share or simply cut
Our tree is now 2 years old and is about 6 feet tall with at least the same spread.
The other new plant is a shrub….Pink Forsythia…most everyone is familiar with the yellow…of which we have
many, the pink is totally new to us and I’m so anxious to see what it produces this season…it was planted last
White Sage is an herb plant we are still working to master, a well known and much used medicinal herb
far back into the centuries of old.
Something new every day as spring unfolds.
Happy gardening from Sage Hill~
To my local readers…the spring onions and lettuces are looking great-stay tuned!
Sage Hill Herb Farm
32 Old Petersburg Pike
And…you might enjoy visiting us on eBay, a collection of Vintage goodies to share~