Sage Hill Gardens

July Is Here and All Is Well

July is here, and all is the gardens.

Spring onions, kale, chard, cucumber, okra, squash, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries/blueberries and eggplant...still producing and tolerating the heat well.

Tip: Peppers hate nitrogen/commercial fertilizers. After they flower, spray the leaves with 1 tsp of Epsom Salt to 1 quart of water. Peppers do need magnesium to set fruit. They will do well with small amounts of potassium (wood ash).

Figs, apples and peaches are plentiful, although the birds seem to have taken charge of the figs...which means we should have netted them along with the blueberries....although the berries seem to be supplying the table and the birds quite well.

If you are planning to have a fall/winter is the time to plant.

Melons, greens, (turnip and collards) peas, beans, winter squash, leaf lettuces, and radish.....depending on your zone, many and for some, all of these make great second crops.

Sage Hill will be growing all of the above with the exception of leaf lettuce and the arrival of fall...salad/lettuce is no longer desirable! I, and most of my clan start craving soups and foods with warming effects.

Tip:....Soak your bean and pea seeds overnight prior to planting, this will give them a head start on sprouting and breaking ground.

Tip: If you plan to so as soon as the plants are putting out runners.

Herbs = Summer....

From Bee Balm to Lavender...Ice cold tea to hot tea cakes, herbs are a summer season must have.

Look for recipes, articles and product choices at Sage Hill Gardens website.

I enjoy walking the path from then to now, hope you do also.

The following is taken from Phillips "Kitchen Garden" printed 1831; French epicures keep their fish in Fennel herb to make them firm.

The American Indians also believed herbs were necessary with certain foods.

The best known botanical was the root of Wild Ginger. It was used in foods with poor flavor. Wild Ginger is mentioned in several early American accounts. One record written in 1782, tells after being captured by Indians, the author made an escape-then found his way back to civilization, feeding on weeds, roots, berries, and raw meats. He wrote, " When food sat heavy on my stomach, I would eat a little Wild Ginger root, which all to rights."

There is a great deal of truth in the old saying, "the best doctor is the cook."
The value of herbs and spices as medicine has never been disputed, special virtues being accredited to the value of herbs in food.

Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens

32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tn. 37144