Greetings from Sage Hill Farms.......Is it autumn yet ? Well,
there are signs in and around the farm that the hot, humid days of
summer are on their way out. I for one am happy to see them go.
Summer is a must in order to have beautiful gardens, so I tolerate
Speaking of beautiful gardens, I surely hope you had grand results
with whatever you grew this year.
We have had a tremendous season with the herb gardens, they just get
better and better.
Blessings from the earth. I can't imagin life without them.
Depending on where you are, will dictate what you need to be doing
in the next few weeks to wrap up the season and prepare for the
winter, and for the coming spring.
Here in middle Tennessee, things are beginning to slow down and some
things are starting to die back. I have cut all the mint beds back
just above the soil surface and expect to get another good growth
before the first real frost.
Basil is still pretty and producing but at a slower growth. It has
been awesome this year!
Oregano is cold hearty so it will continue to flourish, same with
Chives, fennel and lavender are all still producing as well as the
parsley and marjoram.
If you are growing sage and it is the second or third year growth
will need to replace it to have nice healthy plants for next year.
grows very quickly and becomes woody very quickly.
My suggestion is to just pull it up and put it in the compost pile
and start with fresh plants in the spring.
Container plants are starting to fade and die in most cases. It
a great idea to try and keep most plants growing through the winter
containers. If you have plants that you really wish to move inside
keep green, it's a good idea to replace the soil and amend to fit
needs of the plant for the change in environment.
Chives will do fairly well inside, parsley and basil to a degree,
basil is very iffy, it really needs sun to be at its best.
I don't do inside plants so my experience is very little.
If you just want something green and pretty for the winter, try a
large pot of aloe-vera.
Not only is it pretty it is very useful. Works wonders on small
scratches and minor burns.
Great on insect bites and stings and just awesome to break a stem
and rub the gel over your face and hands. Good natural healing
Do you have a compost pile started? If not, any time is a good time
to do so. You can spend a few dollars and have a container composter
or you can clear a space on your grounds and build your own, which
will require wood boards, cement blocks or whatever material you
Or you can do it the real simple way like I do and just use the
ground as your base and let mother nature and the earthworms do the
A must is to know what you can and can't put into the compost pile.
(DO).....use all vegetable and fruit peels, egg shells, coffee and
tea grinds/paper filters too.
Grass clippings and dead plants that you pull up and discard.
(nothing diseased) leaves and dead flower heads.
(DON"T).....use any cooked products, meat or bone. Make sure all
plants and grass clippings are not diseased.
There are many good sites on the internet if you wish to do more
reading about composting, depending on your soil make-up will
what needs to be added to your compost in the department of
amendments. Never hurts to check your soil make-up , you can
a soil kit at your local garden center or farm coop to do this.
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but I do wish to share this one. It is a wonderful project and I
have been a member for some time.
It's "International Kitchen Gardeners".........Worthy of taking a
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(my next favorite place from the garden)
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Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or information
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As always...........from our farm to your table, we thank