Drying Herbs and Pepper Seeds from the Garden

Well…I putzed out front for the first time in a while ~ pulling weeds and looking at the flowers when lo and behold! When the heck did that Italian Parsley plant get so big?! Holy Moly!

I cut a lot off of it ~ brought a grocery bag full of it to work and hung three bags up to dry. I also cut back my Thyme plant to hang for drying. Basil will be hanging up there pretty soon too.

I’m very happy with how my peppers have be growing in the garden so I’ve cut open a few to harvest their seeds. Also cut open the last of my New Mexican Hatch chile peppers so I can grow them next spring. Along with a pumpkin that grew faster than the rest…

My dad came up last month with a box full of stuffus…inside were 3 boxes of these great little jars. I’m using them to store all my dried herbs and seeds. Below is what I dried last month just to see if it would turn out…

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Garden Harvest, Canning, Landscaping & Photography

Just a hodge-podge for today…it’s been a rough week already here at work and I just want to post lots of pictures.

Over the weekend I picked the rest of the green beans from the garden and yanked out the black bean plants. We ate the green beans and I shelled the black beans, blanched and froze ’em for future soups and dinners. Pulled 2 rows of carrots, chopped and blanched and bagged for the freezer. The rest is for eating raw. Did the same for a large amount of squash (Yellow Crook-Necks, Mexican Greys, and Black Zucs). Me thinks I need a small freezer for out back to store all my veggies as my freezer in the kitchen is might full now.

We were rolling the idea around about either using concrete or pavers in the area immediately out front where we have our bench and table under the cedar tree…we can’t afford concrete at the moment and we had pavers in another area of the yard. So, we took up the pavers and the area they used to be in will be planted with corn next spring!

Here is the front during and after ~ before it was redwood bark mulch…full of GOOBER shells dropped by the Scrub Jays. Looked like a western bar floor. It’s a little lumpy in some spots, but it’s nicer than before. 🙂 And my husband wanted me to construct one of my “rock monsters”…”you mean a cairn?” “Ya…just what I said, a rock monster”. LOL!

Playing with the camera again (someone asked earlier what type of camera I have ~ it’s a Canon 2S-IS ~ and no, I don’t use Photoshop, mainly because I haven’t learned yet!) ~ here are some shots of the corn, poppies, pumpkins, and other flowers in the yard.

One of my favorite snacks ~ buy raw pumpkin seeds, spray a tin with olive oil and then spray the seeds, sprinkle some kosher salt on them then stick ’em under the broiler. Yummy.

Leo-Monster…our Bengal-Tabby.

Scrub Jay with his goober ~

Dinner last night ~ BBQ’d Chicken, last of the green beans from the garden, and leftover Crash Hot Potatoes!