Notes from the Farm
June is a busy month at Sage Hill Farms, some planting yet to be done, staking, waging war against whichever pest decides to vacation with us. We don't have a lot of pest, but here and there a few minor un-welcome guest. At the moment, something is dining on my spinach... sneaky dining too, I really don't like it when they won't show themselves.
So, tonight they have a very distasteful dinner waiting for them. I sprayed all the spinach with a mixture of one part vinegar and two parts water. Would you like that for dinner?
Don't forget to mulch your garden plants, even your herbs can benefit from some mulching. When the weather is very hot and dry, moisture is very hard to maintain, mulching helps to hold it for longer periods of time. Remember to keep the mulch about 2 inches away from the base of any plant.
We mulch our vegetable plants with dried grass from the lawn and field... it's light and allows the soil to breathe while holding the moisture also.
In the herb beds, you have to be a little picky, first of all herbs do not require nearly as much water as other plants. No matter how tempting, do not water herbs every day... they will become water logged at the roots and you will have root-rot early on.
Twice a week is plenty for herbs and less if you are having rain during the week. Basil and thyme are the most prone to root-rot, so be very cautious with those. You can mound a layer of garden sand around the thyme and that will keep the water from soaking into the roots too rapidly.
Herbs also do not need fertilizing , if you feel you must use something, make it 'Fish Emulsion'... It's safe, non-toxic, and natural, a healthy food source for herbs and not something that will make them grow too fast too soon.
Remember also, in order for your herbs to grow and spread properly, they must be pinched or cut as soon as they start to grow, keep about one to two inches pinched off on a regular basis, sometimes daily, depending on the herb. If they are not kept pinched they will grow tall and spindle and will soon bolt (go to flower) once that happens they think it is time to stop growing and will go to seed.. We eat lots of salads this time of year, so I just snip the tops of all the herbs and toss them into a salad mix. Yummy!
Don't forget to try basil leaves along with your other greens for salad and on sandwiches instead of lettuce. You will thank me! I know I tell you this every year, but it's too good not to remember.
Please consider buying from local growers this summer if at all possible, and if you don't have that option, there are marvelous places on the internet to purchase good, safe , organic foods. Just do a search for farms near you to start and go from there. One great place to do this is through"Local Harvest.
If you are interested in joining up with other garden activist all around the world, you may wish to join me at Kitchen Gardeners.
Just in case you don't know, our website is finished and a special thanks to my VA for all the work and loving care she put into it. If you would like her name and info., just send me an email.
As always, we are available for any questions you may have. We also love hearing your tips and any herb knowledge you wish to share with us.
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Have a safe and fun summer... it is upon us!
Don't forget to visit the blog for more herbal information and some super summer recipes!
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Thank you all for choosing to go into 2007 with Sage Hill Farms.. .we will strive to be a good friend.
Bea and Mike Kunz
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