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2015_Day 313: A spice-y Monday

Yet more things the rain has been good for — the basil and the chives in my garden. I thought both had finished for the season, but not yet. There’s no telling how long they will last, but it looks like I’ll be able to dry more of both for winter seasonings. Yum!
 

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2015_Day 291: Drying basil easy, satisfying

I had been promising to dry some of my extra basil for a couple weeks, and today finally proved to be the perfect day to do it. And boy, was it easy. Seriously, all you have to do is cut the basil, wash it and remove the stems and bad leaves. Then arrange it on wax paper on a cookie pan, and place it in a 170-degree oven for about an hour. Continue reading

2015_Day 215: Should I let basil flower?

I’ve harvested a lot of basil leaves from the basil I planted in March and now it’s starting to flower. I first noticed it last week and I snipped off the tops where it was flowering, because I heard that’s what should be done. Why, I’m not sure. As fast as I cut it, the leaves — and flowers — grow back. Doesn’t seem like it’s hurting anything and it still tastes good.
  
The photo above shows flowers growing back on the basil less than a week after I pinched them off. Should I cut the basil back even further to avoid more flowers? Or just let them grow, all nice and pretty?

2015_Day 108: Garden, one month in

Peas and beans.

Peas and beans.

It’s been four weeks since I planted my garden. One month, and everything, thankfully, has survived. By this time next month, I hope to be eating peas, beans and maybe cucumbers.
Tomatoes and sweet red peppers.

Tomatoes and sweet red peppers.

Cherry tomatoes and some lettuce.

Cherry tomatoes and some lettuce.

Cucumbers, onions, chives and basil.

Cucumbers, onions, chives and basil.

2015_Day 81: Garden planted on March 22

It only took about 90 minutes to even the dirt, plant all the veggies, cage the tomatoes and water the new plantings.

It only took about 90 minutes to even the dirt, plant all the veggies, cage the tomatoes and water the new plantings.

That’s a blog headline I never thought I’d be writing. Planting a garden in Wisconsin the past six years, March meant waiting for the snow to disappear and eagerly waiting to get into the garden to till the ground. And that rarely happened before the end of April. The last frost usually was around May 7, so other than lettuce, nothing got planted before mid-May. Continue reading