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Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

From the Homesteading Journal . . .

. . .May 30, 2014, picked our first strawberry this season

. . .June1, 2014, cut oregano, and thyme to dry

. . .June 2, 2014, cut rosemary to dry, Planted cilantro, sweet basil, holy basil, chickweed, valerian and parsley seeds (all organic, nongmo seeds), and expecting rain.  I received some seeds for Garden Huckleberry.  Although they should be started from seed indoors, I simply planted them along a tree line, and if they grow they grow.  If not, no big deal.  If it does, I can make jam, jelly and pies with them.


EMMA said...

Love your drying rack! My oregano and mint have gone crazy but my rosemary seems to be taking a nap!
I've let my chives flower this year as I want to make chive vinegar.
Your strawberries are much further along than ours. Saw a recipe yesterday for freezer jam, never heard of this before, do you make it? seems much quicker that boiled jam but will take up valuable freezer space.

Kristina said...

Emma, I have not made freezer jam yet. I have plans to buy a deep freezer, but things are delaying that this year.

Michelle said...

Got a lot of crops planted. The only thing we have to harvest right now is strawberries.

Cris said...

A friend of mine grows garden huckleberries, they seem to grow a lot like ground cherries--meaning, they REALLY want to grow! :-) You should have good luck with direct sowing them. The trick will be to not have too many! Ha!

Liz said...

I wanted to start a strawberry patch this year, never happened. Great place to dry herbs!

My Garden Diaries said...

It all sounds fantastic! And how wonderful is that first strawberry! Happy drying friend! Nicole xoxo

Sandra Morris said...

Strawberry picking season will be here soon!

RB said...

As far as herbage goes, we love parsley and thyme the most, but I also grow purple basil, a lot for the color, but also for tomato dishes. However, I have the hardest time growing thyme. Are there any secrets to growing it, both indoors and out, that I may be missing?
God bless.

Kristina said...

RB, I just grow my thyme outside, but it's in a sunny garden, and I do have to keep it watered in hot weather. I don't really do anything other than that. But it could be the area you live in, not sure.

Mama Pea said...

Your strawberries are about a month ahead of ours. I just noticed the very first blossom on ours a couple of days ago. Can hardly wait for that luscious, fresh fruit!

RB said...

Thanks Kristina. I'll try it again. I live in the sandhills of NC, plenty of sun here/sandy soil. Last year out of all the thyme seeds I planted, I got one tiny plant. As soon as I brought it indoors, it started to fail. Can it not be brought indoors?
Thanks again for the info.
God bless.

Kristina said...

RB, I am pretty sure you can grow it indoors too. I just dry enough over summer that I haven't brought some in over winter. But fresh thyme on hand sounds good too. I may have to try it.