Trial and Error in the Herb and Vegetable Garden

| 8/20/2009 4:36:19 PM

A photo of Vickie MorganThis year I’ve tried many different things in both my vegetable and herb garden so some of things have been trial and error. I’ve never had a specific place to grow herbs or have grown and harvested the amount I have this year. I’ve dried the majority on my herbs on my drying rack that I made with a dowel bought from the hardware store inserted some cup hooks and then used twine to hang it up with.

Herbs drying on the drying rack

Most of herbs have dried well except the chives. I read last week that a lady dried her chives under a sheet in the shade and it took about a day. So I gave it a try – after a week they are a mess and still not dry. Michigan weather can be humid so maybe that’s the problem.

Drying mess of chives

For now I think we will just enjoy the fresh chives while we can and maybe I’ll bring some inside to grow for the winter, unless I come upon another method of drying them.

In the vegetable garden we’ve decided to go organic. We have not used any fertilizer (we used compost), and we haven’t used any chemicals for the bugs. So far, so good, the vegetable garden is growing with out a problem. Though when we first planted the garden and it was too cold for anything to grow, we thought, it if we had put fertilizer on it – would that have heated the ground enough for it to grow? We almost went and bought a bag of fertilizer to see if it would work! The temptation was there, but we were strong and held out, and, you know, the garden is beautiful.

10/19/2013 11:35:13 PM

Vickie, Have you considered Diatomaceous Earth? DE is the fossilized remains of little creatures, and is about as fine as flour. When the bugs eat it, it cuts their little digestive systems to shreads...ewww, it sounds so cruel. Oh well. It kills them and it is completely natural. It is even edible by humans and improves the soil. Here in the southwest the soil is very clay-ey and it really helps. It is available at Home Depot, or any nursery.

8/22/2009 5:13:19 AM

Thanks for the tip Allyson that sounds easy enough and I will give it a try for sure. Vickie

8/22/2009 1:59:26 AM

I just cut (finely) and freeze fresh chives and use them directly in omelets, stir-frys, and in making "scallion" pancakes, in which my family prefers chives. Best results if you freeze in a layer on a baking sheet, but I've just dumped them into a ziplock bag and had them work out fine for our uses.

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