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August Is a very exciting month in our family and at Sage Hill Farms. Lots of birthday celebrations in the family and some interesting happenings for the farm circle. The gardens at Sage Hill Farms are at their peak, beautiful blooms and seedheads just waiting for the birds and butterflies to dine... we have had an abundance of hummingbirds this year, they are so pretty and mysterious.

August is often a vacation month and the gardens get neglected, if you must be away, have a friend check your gardens while you are gone. This will avoid waste and encourage your plants to continue producing until the seasons end.

August is also time to start the sowing and planting for the winter garden and some early spring items. For herb sowing now, you might start with onions at the end of the month, be prepared to cloche them in October. For autumn and winter crops plant chicory and parsley. You can also plant out rooted cuttings of Rosemary, sage and mint.

It's always a good time to start composting... I must tell you, we gave in and purchased a commercial size tumbler composter... now I have never had a problem with composting the old fashioned way, but take my advice and if you are really serious about composting, get a tumbler, they come in all sizes. Takes the work out of the process and I have plenty of other things to do!

Do you have an herb garden that is abundantly producing? Please don't let it all go to waste, preserving herbs is a very easy and rewarding process.

The evening before you plan to cut (oils are best preserved by cutting in the morning after the dew has dried.) Cut and shake to remove any little critters that may be sleeping over.

Two ways of preserving that I like best... dehyderating and hanging. To hang dry, you must have a location that is cool, dry, and not to bright. Sage Hill has a drying barn, but you can use a pantry, basement, spare room, or small closet... as long as you have circulation and space for them to breathe. Do not wash just before the drying process, they will mold and rot. Most herbs will dry in 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the oil content and the size of the bundle, if hanging. Dehyderating will take from 2 to 6 hours per load. Basil being the hardest to dry.

Do you know?

August 26th is "Kitchen Garden Day - International" - do you have plans to celebrate?

Sage Hill Farms is planning an outside shin-dig focusing on home grown and organic foods... prepared with herbs of course.

The event is on a Sunday, starting at 1:00 PM.

If you would like to attend, please send me an email for directions.

Please pray for good weather!

Too Early for the Holidays?

Remember the holidays are just around the corner, never too early to start a plan.

Sage Hill is also offering a Holiday "Cooking with Herbs" series of classes from September through November. The focus will be on holiday cooking and the herbs that best compliment the season. Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Winter Savory and Tarragon.

Information about the class can be obtained by email or a phone call.

If your going on vacation, have fun, be safe and send us a card.

The rest of us will be here when you return.


Visit Our Friends!

Sage Hill Farms is promoting some of our favorite shopping places for the holidays... be sure and check out the links in each newsletter between now and December 5th.

http://www.julie-marie.com
http://www.youngliving.org/fdurham
http://www.documeant.net
http://www.mylittletasteofitaly.com

Happy shopping!

 

Bea's Beatitudes



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Thank you all for choosing Sage Hill Farms... we will strive to be a good friend.

Happy Summer!

Bea and Mike Kunz
http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com

 

Sage Hill Happenings

August 2007


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