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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jana
Southern California
USA
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Posted - Sep 21 2018 :  06:03:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been harvesting, drying and replenishing my herbs this week, and the house smells wonderful. This year I successfully grew basil, chives, cilantro, dill, parsley, oregano, thyme, and sage in the garden.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Sep 21 2018 :  06:22:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jana, you had quite the harvest. Fall is a good time to add new plants to gardens.

Thunderstorms for the next several days so I hope to harvest my Greek oregano and sage next week. I use both for cooking and teas for colds.

Some of the common herbs for medicinal teas: Greek oregano, spearmint, thyme, sage, and rosemary,

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2451 Posts

Posted - Sep 21 2018 :  07:04:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
there's nothing better than fresh herbs

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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

566 Posts

Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
566 Posts

Posted - Sep 25 2018 :  12:12:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bet your house does smell wonderful Jana. I've mostly been drying flowers for dyeing wool. I've got to get out and do some fall clean-up in the garden this week and harvesting some herbs is a great plan.

Jill
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 04 2018 :  06:58:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Drying last of pineapple mint and sage.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 08 2018 :  10:33:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grocery shopped today. Found container of chopped onions in marked-down bin for 80 cents. I like having dried onions on hand. Will dry the onions and mushrooms today - the apples in the coming days.

50 cents store coupon on sliced baby portabella mushrooms.

3# bags of Granny Smith apples - buy one get one for a penny. Will dry most of the apples. May use a few in link sausage/mushroom/sweet potato dish.

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

527 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
527 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2018 :  1:15:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apples, apples and more apples. Our friends gave us three bushels of apples. Plenty for pies, freezing, drying and for the donkeys and goats. All we had to do was go to their house and pick them---a beautiful day at their lovely home with a large pond out back complete with ducks. In return we gave them gourds to decorate with. We all win because they don't use the apples and it keeps them from having to rack them up. Sara---I never really thought about getting reduced things at the grocery store to dry. You have made me realize to look there for stuff to dry. I love to dry things---so easy and great fun.

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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

3675 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
3675 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2018 :  1:51:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, you and Barbara have inspired me to give drying a try! Do you have a appliance that does that? if so whatkind do you like? any tips on how to do it easy! LOL!


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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2018 :  2:20:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie I have a two tray American Harvest dehydrator. It was given to me over five years ago. I haven't researched dehydrators so I don't know much about them.

I do like drying and I think you would to. One thing it's handy and you dry just what you have. Some times I may dry the same thing for days but most of the time I dry small quantities. Example if I find a pkg of sliced zucchini in the marked down bin. Not enough to can; don't want to mess with blanching to freeze; but perfect for drying. It's good in soups/stews but not as a side dish. Don't like the texture.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 27 2018 :  07:28:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Harvested last of Greek oregano and sweet marjoram.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  06:51:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have two trays of Mexican marigold aka Texas tarragon drying. For you who can't grow French tarragon because of hot summers Mexican marigold is a good substitute.

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lovinRchickens
True Blue Farmgirl

2819 Posts

Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
2819 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  08:24:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sara,
I tried to grow it here this summer but was not successful. Do you plant out or use pots? I thought it would do great, but was disappointed. Maybe I had my plants in too much sun.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  09:01:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kelly, mine is in the ground and gets afternoon shade. This is the third year it has come back. I have two plants which I started with plants and the first year they grew just a little. They have yet to flower which is a disappointment because it should have sweet wee yellow flowers. Also when I grew it at my former home the plants were bigger and did flower. There maybe more than one Mexican marigold. I'll have to do some research on it.

If you still have the plants I hope yours will winter over and do better next year.

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nubidane
True Blue Farmgirl

2481 Posts

Lisa
Georgetown OH
2481 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  09:39:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Total of 20 trays of apple slices. Save a Lot has had 3 lb Gala bags for $1.99.
Might go get some more. Some to eat whole and some more to dehydrate
Sara, you are the dehydrating queen

Edited by - nubidane on Oct 28 2018 09:40:00 AM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  09:55:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lisa I don't know about being 'queen' - I'm happy with the title of FarmGirl. Great buy on the apples. Happy eating and drying. Just came in from my Yellow Rose Cottage to check on Texas tarragon. The whole cottage smells so good - wish I could bottle it.

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lovinRchickens
True Blue Farmgirl

2819 Posts

Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
2819 Posts

Posted - Oct 28 2018 :  10:12:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am certain I lost them Sara. I will try to seed some out again next year. Thanks for your info on it.

Farmgirl #5111
Farmgirl of the month October 2014
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6394 Posts

Denise
NJ
USA
6394 Posts

Posted - Oct 29 2018 :  07:31:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just returned from a two week trip away and got apples while there. So I will be doing apples this week. Definitely fall weather here at home!

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4204 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4204 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2018 :  05:54:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am drying basil, oregano, and lavender. I have a dehydrator and like it. It doesn't "overdry" if I am careful.

I will dry some apples and orange slices for decor to use this winter. I love that "rustic" look. I had made a wreath one year, but the fruit "rehydrated" when the weather got super humid one summer, and the birds ate it all, lol! I think dried apples with cinnamon sticks and evergreen look lovely tied on Christmas packages.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2018 :  06:08:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicole I have had the same problem with dried citrus and apples rehydrating after time. It's good for one season - maybe two.

Next year I would like to try growing artemisia again for wreaths and swags - it smells so good. Planted it last year but it didn't make. Will try another flower bed next year.



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texdane
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Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
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Posted - Oct 30 2018 :  06:13:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sara, Yes, it was a surprise for me because our area used to be pretty dry. Now it reminds me of Texas in summer and Seattle in Fall! Wet and humid!

Artemisia is so pretty! I should plant some, too, if I can in my zone. I have to check.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  05:29:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Overnight dried a 1/2 jar of puttanesca (spaghetti sauce w/olives). This morning I ground it in the blender to use for seasoning in tomato sauces. yield a little over 1/4 cup

Have mustard greens to dry today.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2451 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  05:58:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, that sounds cool. I don't think I would have thought of doing that.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  06:18:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie I have been drying bits and pieces of all kinds of things for several years now. When drying a tomato base food it's best to dry it on parchment paper and it will peel right off. I've dried salsa, tomato paste/sauce, diced tomatoes with chilies. Besides sauces they are good in veg soup too.

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

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Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  07:23:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara I think I'd like to try that. I've dehydrated lots of veggies but never sauces.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2018 :  07:41:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Connie the sauces need to be thick. I drain salsa and tomatoes with chilies before drying.

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