August - A Month of Endings
and New Beginnings In the Gardens
This is often a vacationing month for many. If you will find someone to tend your garden while you are away
the production will go on until the first frost with much of what is producing now.
Many crops can be started now for the fall/winter and early spring gardens. Broccoli, cabbage, okra, corn,
greens and lettuce are a few that come to mind. They can be started from seed or from transplants that have been
started in the greenhouse or purchased from a co-op/garden center.
Here at Sage Hill we like to direct sow as much as possible, saves labor and often results in a stronger plant.
Sow cabbage around the middle of the month for a spring crop (in the south and southeast) red cabbage, winter
spinach, lettuces and onions at the end of the month. In warm gardens only, be prepared to Cloche them come
October. Chicory and parsley grow well in autumn and winter depending on your location.
Great time to propagate---rooted cuttings of rosemary, strawberries, sage and mints.
Much of the summer garden is still producing and will give a second crop if tended properly, so…as you can see,
August is really not the best time to be away from your garden.
If…you have weeds, now is the time to get rid of them. As the days shorten remove stakes from tomatoes and
lay the plants on a bed of straw and cover with cloches to help the remaining fruit to ripen. Make compost and prune
some fruit trees.
August and September are transition months for us much is on the way out and much is on the way in. Finding
a balance can be tricky, so adjust according to your location and knowledge of what your garden needs and what
you are comfortable with.
This is my favorite season for eating-is it yours?
The article below has info that confirms what a major role our food choices play in our best health, mind,
A recent scientific study in Nutrition in Clinical Practice shows that the micro organism or gut flora
living in the human intestines form a network of natural controls that regulate mood, appetite, body weight, nutrient
absorption, stress and immune response. No surprise then that the human digestive tract is home to 70 percent of
the immune system. Simply put, our every-day food can help or harm our mind-body health.
Another example that proves the brain-gut connection is when we think of food and the appetite is stimulated.
Similarly, a gut in distress can cause stress
and mental depression. Nearly every brain-controlling chemical is generated in the gut, including hormones and
neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, GABA and nor epinephrine. The gut is home to 100
million neurons - more than what the spinal cord has. It also contains 24 minor brain proteins, major cells that regulate immune function,
one of the body's in-built opiates, and native benzodiazepine. Recently there has been one more addition to the
nervous system: The gut, also known as the enteric nervous system. It is ensconced inside sheaths of tissue found
in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. It is known to have an important function in
regulating our emotions. Isn't it obvious why symptoms from the two brains are often the source of
Cells in the human digestive system lack some of the enzymes needed to break down certain types of food.
The good bacteria in our gut have what it takes to break down those types of food, however. These micro-floras
also make the B vitamin complex and hence aid the absorption of lipids, calcium, iron and magnesium.
The act of re-seeding the gut in order to sustain gut-life can be done with probiotics and fermented foods. Fresh
leafy vegetables, fruit and fiber, whole grains, lentils, garlic, green tea and miso are but some examples.
So the next time you find yourself wondering what to cook for dinner, spare a thought for the millions of
microscopic bugs for whom your gut is home.
Sage Hill’s Calendar~
New classes coming in October around ‘genetically modified organisms (GMO’S) and how to avoid them in our
Herb Classes-Growing and Using-during the month of September, a must in your fall and winter diet.
Dates and cost will be posted and shared from the Sage Hill Farms website beginning on August, 15th.
Looking for ways to lighten or brighten your day?
My good friend and networking pal Susan Loughrin has something really delightful on the menu.
Herb of The Month at Sage Hill ~Basil ~
is a hot weather herb. It must have hot sun and well drained soil—will not tolerate wet feet. (Growing in raised
beds will eliminate any drainage issues.) It is an annual and the first light frost will send it packing. It can be dried by
hanging only for best flavor.
Basil has both culinary and medicinal benefits.
Globe…is awesome for making Pesto. Can be frozen and will last up to 6 mos or a year in the freezer.
Dark Opal…has a good medium flavor and adds interest to salads and sprinkled on top of yellow and
other summer foods.
Genovese…the must have for Italian and any dish that requires a distinct taste.
**Holy Basil is medicinal only…you will not be pleased if you put it into culinary recipes. However, if
you are into herbs for better health, you need this basil in your garden.
I trust your summer has been one of gardening in some form-even a small pot on the deck does something
good for the brain and the environment.
To my local friends/customers…even though the summer gardens are winding down - we still have beautiful heirloom tomatoes and awesome sweet and cayenne peppers.
Send an email or call if you need something and it will be ready for pick up within the hour. Contact info can be found on the website.
The Sage Hill Farms Family~
Sage Hill Herb Farm