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September 22, 2009


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JC Briar

Dry the thyme and sage. Freeze the parsley: wash, chop, and stuff into ice cube trays, then cover with water and freeze. (Rodale's Stocking Up recommends covering the chopped parsley with boiling water, to blanch it a bit before freezing.)

Deb Robson

Thanks, JC! I've hung the thyme and sage in the back of my office (with light yellow crochet cotton . . . it was what was handy). The parsley is washed and in the fridge to stay fresh until I get to it. I have ice cube trays.

donna Druchunas

Biggest issue was your late start, I think. Our stuff has survived hail before, when the plants are bigger. I don't think we got frost last night, but I haven't looked out the window yet. At least you are set for an early start next year! We don't plant anything outside until Jun1. Earlier than that doesn't seem to help much, and you just have to worry about frost.

You can put the herbs in the oven at 200 degrees for a while to speed up the drying process, especially in this yucky weather.

Diana Troldahl

A frost makes root vegetables even better, sweeter.
You can also leave Kale in the garden well into fall.

Deb Robson

I've been wondering, based on reading, whether we could actually start kale or chard this late. . . . Some places say yes. With snow predicted for last night (we didn't get it), I'm a little doubtful. . . .

Deb Robson

Yeah, the late start compelled in large part by the repeated hail. . . . Larger plants got creamed here this year, as well as small ones. The half-inch stuff is hard to resist.

And we're definitely ready for next year. We're already planning squirrel-proof cages.


For the sage--Make a nice sage-walnut pesto and freeze it. Great on pumpkin ravioli. Folks say, you can make pesto out of anything, parsley pesto might be nice, but thyme...?

Deb Robson

Ooh, sage-walnut pesto??? Sounds yummy! Thanks!


In an earlier post you mentioned the animal invaders to your garden. We are currently in the season of trying to prevent chipmunks and mice from trying to get into the house.

I picked up some Critter Ridder http://www.havahart.com/ourbrands/critter-ridder at H*me Dep*t. It's mostly capsaicin and black pepper oil.

I spread around the borders of the house...then to check effectiveness, put some mouse traps inside the border of CR. So far (1 wk.) nothing has messed with the mouse traps. So I'd say it's pretty effective....but a tad expensive.

Something to keep in mind for next year's garden?

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