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Let's Garden!


Here are some tips on growing a few of the herbs sold at the Plant Sale this year:

Lemon Balm:

Lemon balm is a perennial member of the mint family. The leaves smell and taste like lemon. It grows 18" - 30" in height and produces small white flowers that bees love. Fresh lemon balm leaves make a refreshing hot or cold tea and enhances the flavor of lemonade. The leaves can also be used in fresh green or fruit salads and as a garnish for fish and chicken dishes. The plant prefers poor, moist soil in full sun or part shade. Beware! It spreads.

Chervil:

Chervil is a pretty fern-like annual which reseeds itself. Combined with parsley, tarragon and thyme, chervil is one of the classic fine herbs used in French cooking. It has a subtle aniseed flavor and is used in salads and soups. Chervil prefers a well drained, partially shady site and grows to 18" in height.

Lavender:

Lavender is a half hardy evergreen shrub with gray-green finely textured foliage which grows up to 30" tall. The clean smell of lavender is a traditional fragrance used in sachets, bath preparations and skin lotions. Lavender will thrive in poor, sandy, alkaline, but well- drained soil in a sunny, sheltered location. Good winter drainage is essential, along with added mulch for protection.

Sweet Woodruff:

Sweet woodruff is an easy to grow ground cover for shady areas. The vanilla-scented leaves are whorls of 6" narrow 1" leaves on wiry stems. It has delicate white flowers which bloom in the spring. It is a low growing, mounding plant which rarely reaches more that 6" in height. It grows best in rich, moist soil. When dried, the foliage smells of fresh mowed hay and is used as an insect repellant potpourri.

Let's Try Something New!

You can grow micro greens from seed to harvest in just a couple of weeks!
With the houseplants outside on summer vacation, try growing micro-greens in a sunny spot inside for salads, sandwiches, garnishes, and soups.

Micro-greens - also known as "Vegetable Confetti".

Micro-greens should not be confused with sprouts. Micro-greens are edible, immature greens harvested with scissors when the plants are about 2" tall. They are high in nutrition and flavor! Many seed companies are now packaging assorted micro-green seeds, but lettuce, salad mixes, broccoli, radish or spinach seeds can be grown this way.
A micro-green garden can be planted in a pie plate, dish garden planter or a plastic take-out dish.Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of pre-moistened rooting or potting soil. Gently level and flatten the soil with your hand or a small piece of cardboard.

  1. Cover the bottom of the container with qn inch or two of pre-moistened rooting or potting soil. Gently level and flatten the soil with your hand or a small piece of cardboard.
  2. Scatter the seeds evenly on top of the soil very close together.
  3. Press the seeds gently into the soil.
  4. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
  5. Dampen the soil with a water mister.
  6. Place the garden on a warm, sunny window sill which receives a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight.
  7. Use the water mister once or twice a day to keep the soil moist, but not wet.

The micro-green seeds should sprout within 3 to 7 days.
Continue misting once or twice a day until ready to harvest.
The micro-greens will be ready to harvest about 2 to 3 weeks after planting when the seed leaves and first true leaves of each plant appear.
Grab your scissors and snip the greens just above the soil line.

To Serve Micro-greens:
Wash the greens with cool water and dry with paper towels.
Serve immediately for freshest flavor. They can, however, be wrapped and refrigerated for later use.
Two cuttings are likely.
Add the micro-greens to salads, soups, sandwiches and main dishes or use as an edible garnish.
Micro-greens can be grown inside year round.

Tips to Prevent back strain and muscle soreness while gardening:

Stretch both before and after gardening. Stretching will prevent injury, reduce soreness and increase flexibility.
Dig and rake using your legs and not your back. Keep your back straight. Bend your knees in a slight crouching stance and always keep your knee aligned over your foot.
Change your digging or raking stance and position every three to five minutes to avoid cramping. If you are kneeling, change to standing. If you are sitting, change to standing.

Keep Hydrated While Gardening!

Switchel or Haymaker's Punch:

Switchel or Haymaker's Punch is an old fashioned thirst quencher drunk by farmers while out haying fields. It is not only hydrating but also energizing with an electrolyte booster from the potassium in the molasses. The apple cider vinegar helps to detoxify your organs!
Here is the classic recipe but adjust the ingredient ratios to suit your taste. (Start with less, you can always add more!)

Switchel Recipe:

Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher and serve with ice cubes.
You can add ginger ale or club soda. A twist of lemon or lime will enhance flavor.


Wishing everyone a delightful summer with:
Plenty of sunshine, rain only at night.
Woodchucks, deer, squirrels and chipmunks feasting beyond the borders of your garden.
A bountiful crop of tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, broccoli and eggplant.
An ever-blooming succession of flowers.
Birds, bees and hummingbirds to keep you company in the garden.

Happy gardening!