The area we live in makes it a little difficult to garden. With all the red dirt and clay our garden has always been some type of raised bed or in planters. This year I’m trying something new with the feed bags that I save when ever I buy chicken feed. I cut a small hole in the bottom and hammered in a tomato stake. The stake goes into the ground about 6 or 8 inches. Then I fill with a garden soil compost mixture. The stake helps support the planter bag and it will also help support the vegetables. We’ll see how this goes…I have about eight more to put together.
Each spring the cilantro seeds that dropped from the year before sprout around my patio. It’s been about 10 years since I actually bought and planted the original cilantro, however each year I get another crop from the seeds that dropped the previous year. This year I decided to gather the cilantro seeds and use them in the kitchen. Here’s how to save the magic and at the end you’ll have your own homegrown and harvested coriander herb!
Let the cilantro go to seed. After the plants have dried, collect the stems by cutting them right above the ground. Place the stems carefully into a paper bag so that you can shake off all the seeds (coriander). If some of the seeds seem to still be a little green they can be dried. Place the coriander on a shallow baking sheet, preheat the oven to it’s lowest temperature, place the baking sheet into the oven and cut off the oven.
If you remember back a few months ago we had to move one of our gardens. At the time we didn’t know it was directly over our septic tank until we started having plumbing problems. The crazy part is we thought the septic tank was farther out into the yard.
Well we’ve had enough warm days so we decided to set everything back up, but in a different place and away from the septic tank and field lines. I tried to help as much as I could but my back just wasn’t up to the task. Hubby finished moving the dirt and even attached the trellis to the end. I’m going to add a second and used these for my cucumber vines.
In other news I can finally wear my glasses almost 75% of the time. Outdoors in bright sun light is almost impossible and I haven’t driven with them either. They’ve really helped with reading and especially when reading labels. Why do manufactures make the print on the labels so small? Oh…maybe to hide all the ingredients not found in nature?
More later…time to baby my back.
Take one terracotta planter, insert a Walmart bag so that the planter will hold moisture and the terracotta won’t dry it out too fast.Continue reading
Onions are coming in and more vegetables are going back in their place. The last batch of onions I dehydrated and vacuumed sealed in a jar. Amazing how little space they take up dried. Now to decide what to do with these.
Dehydrate them or… I need to do a little more thinking. What do you think?