Sage Hill Farms and Vintage Store

~July In The Gardens~

Bountiful, Delicious, Chemical Free, Healthy! The gardens at Sage Hill Farms

So much to know, so much to apply, so much to share… with those who are wanting and willing.

I get questions on a regular basis, such as: How can I have a healthy and bountiful garden? or How can I have a garden that looks and performs like the ones at Sage Hill?

My answers are always the same, firstly-there are no magic solutions or applications - except, to educate self by learning from a master. I spent years reading, following, and imitating the work I so admired from a few great masters in gardening. I made lots of mistakes, but by reading, watching, and doing…over and over and over, I now feel as I’ve mastered the concept of what one must know to be a successful gardener, and that is to know I have workable information to share, and that I still have many wonderful things to learn and apply.

To be a successful gardener one must make it a life-long study, when any one thing becomes stationary it begins the process of deterioration. When we think we know it all, we actually know nothing. This I think, is the most important lesson we each must learn.

My most upfront suggestion is to focus on what is needed right now in your garden, make it the best it can be for now. And tomorrow, focus on what is needed for the now - by doing this you will develop a plan. By seasons end that will give you a starting place for the next level, the next season.

Gardening is mastered by doing, and by doing correctly, each and every time…and yes, there will be many times when correct today will not be correct tomorrow.

Example- if you plant tomatoes in bed A this year, they should be planted in bed Z the following year. Rotation discourages insects and disease from setting up a homestead in your soil around a certain planting. You will be applying the same knowledge about planting tomatoes, just moving it around to make a better/healthier crop. And so it goes…

July’s Favorite Herb ~ Summers Peppermint

Summertime has arrived in Tennessee!! The heat is very intense and some days I forget to be grateful.

But, the good news is the hotter the better for the herb gardens. They thrive in the heat and most are very drought tolerant. Actually no drought this summer-but still, the herbs are thriving.

I have had the pleasure of cutting and drying peppermint for two ongoing weeks......oh- the work is so welcomed, when the aroma is so nice.

Peppermint is good for so many things in the culinary world.

My greatest use for it is, of course, the tea blends, but I use it in a variety of ways other than the tea.

A few sprigs dropped into a pitcher of fresh lemonade is awesome.
Tear a few leaves and toss into the salad bowl when using fruits.
A few sprigs wrapped with a baking ham is just yummy!

And of course we must not forget the pleasures of the homemade ice cream treats.

Whatever liquid you are using, just soak the peppermint leaves in it and remove before combining the recipe.

My hubby eats oatmeal for breakfast and he drops a few leaves into the water for the oats, gives them a special little twist.

This is one of my peppermint beds, it is very healthy and the butterflies enjoy it too, as well as the bees.

Want to try my Peppermint tea? It's on my website as "Sage Hill House Blend", a blending of peppermint and lemon balm. Very, very good! While most think of our teas as a hot beverage, they all lend themselves very well to cold mixing.

Just add to your favorite green or black tea and you have a refreshing and healthy cooler.

I trust everyone had a marvelous 4th of July and ready for what the rest of the month holds.

Blessings for a "Juicy July!"

Summertime Is Salad Time~

Bea Rigsby-Kunz and The Sage Hill Farms family~