Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Harvesting The Herb Garden~

I've had emails this week with question about how to harvest the different herbs.

As with most things there isn't a one size fits all method...except, for the herbs that produce flowers for use, such as Lavender-always harvest just before the buds start to look dry. This will allow the plant to fully open as many flower heads as possible and you will not lose any of the aroma or oils.

For herbs such as basil, parsley, dill, and chives-cut as the season progresses.
The more you cut the more they grow. You can at this point in time. mid to late July, cut back at least two thirds of the plant. Most will give you a bountiful second crop.

Dill should be heavy with seed heads by now....cut the stems back to almost ground level if you are saving the seed. You can pull the entire plant from the ground or leave and hope for another new crop. Dill is iffy that way and doesn't perform well in the late summer heat. Save your dill heads in a large paper bag, hang in a cool room and allow the seeds to drop from the stalk. Remove and put into dark glass jars for storage.

Oregano will always give you another crop, it's a hardy year-round herb and loves to grow.

Depending on where you are, Rosemary should be harvested from the sides of the plant and kept in a bushy form. Don't harvest to close to the first frost date, tender shoots will suffer and may be the death of your plant.
Rosemary is happiest on the south side of the building and with some form of secure backdrop. It likes a prop.

Mints are another prolific grower, cut back to ground level now and you will have another crop by fall cutting time.

I never do any major cutting after the end of October in most cases.
Small cuttings for the kitchen is fine.

Enjoy your harvest and let me know how your garden grows.


Bea Kunz

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Many Faces Of Happiness~

Smiling when no one is watching.
Tears when the world is watching.

Speaking out when others are silent.
Keeping quiet when too many are talking.

Wearing red when black would more accepted.
Wearing purple and red together.

Gardening in the rain.
Swimming in December.

Having a loving spouse.
Being a loving spouse.

Having a best friend.
Being a best friend.

Knowing that you are living your dream and being able to share it with others.

Happy thoughts bring happy actions.

Bea Kunz

Friday, July 04, 2008

~Let Freedom Ring~

~Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson is considered the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, although the finished document went through a process of revision by Jefferson's fellow committee members.


Contrary to popular belief, the Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4th. On that day, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted by the Continental Congress. On July 19th, the Continental Congress voted to have it engrossed and signed. The document was ready for delegates' signatures by August 2nd, and that is the earliest date at which Jefferson and the other delegates present in Philadelphia could have signed it.

(The Dunlap Broadside)

On the evening of July 4, 1776 a manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence was taken to Philadelphia printer, John Dunlap. By the next morning finished copies had been pulled and delivered to Congress for distribution. The number printed is not known, though it must have been substantial; the broadsides were distributed by members of Congress throughout the Colonies. Post riders were sent out with copies of the Declaration, and General Washington, then in New York, had several brigades of the army drawn up at 6 p.m. on July 9 to hear it read. The Declaration was read from the balcony of the State House in Boston on July 18 but did not reach Georgia until mid August. Twenty-four original copies of what is referred to as the “Dunlap broadside" are still in existence.

(The Engrossed Declaration)

By July 9 all thirteen colonies had signified their approval, and so on July 19 Congress was able to order that the Declaration be “fairly engrossed on parchment. . .and that the same, when engrossed, be signed by every member of Congress.” Timothy Matlack is believed to be the engrosser of the Declaration. On August 2nd the document was ready, and the journal of the Continental Congress records that “The declaration of independence being engrossed and compared at the table was signed.” Following the signing, it is believed the document accompanied the Continental Congress during the Revolution and remained with government records following the war. During the War of 1812 it was kept at a private residence in Leesburg, Virginia and during World War II it was housed at Fort Knox. Today, the original document is kept in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

↑ This article is based on G. Wilson, Monticello Research Report, May 2000.

If you are not familiar with most precious piece of history now is the time to change that.

Happy and safe July Fourth from the Sage Hill Farms Family~

Bea Kunz