Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 10, 2021 18:14:40 GMT -5
Wheelgarden Yes, that mint is incredibly aromatic, as you well know. How do you use it in tea? As an iced tea addict, every third batch or so, I put an 8-10" sprig of spearmint in the gallon pitcher of tea, when making it, with a dozen tea bags (my other batches are Thai tea), removing it after 10 minutes or so. I dry some every season, but it's just not the same, as with most herbs.
Post by Latitude33 on Jun 10, 2021 18:45:41 GMT -5
Probably shouldn't admit to this, but I carefully, and delicately started seeds for various pumpkin and squash varieties. No heavy lifting involved. Started some sprouting potatoes in a "grow bag" that I had cleaned out of Mom's kitchen. Broadcast lettuce, dill, carrots and radish seeds. Harvested a split green cabbage for the birds.
Post by Wheelgarden on Jun 10, 2021 20:13:35 GMT -5
pepperhead212 I made a quart of standalone spearmint infusion/decoction to keep in the fridge and drink a small cup of, at a time. I do add it to green or black tea too because it makes it taste even mo' better. You're right about the drying, you do sacrifice some flavor. I make sure I brush a hand over mine in the garden everytime I go by it.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wheelgarden, my great grandparents had spearmint growing wild along the creek in one of the meadows. I'll forever associate the spell of spearmint with their farm. I remember when grandma gathered some and showed me how to make tea from the leaves and yes, dried just can't hold a candle to the fresh stuff.
Finally got the peach trees planted this morning. Should have been done long ago but figured with the wet weather that's forecasted, it's now or never. Ironically the ground was only slightly damp when I dug the holes though it rained approximately an inch last night. I watered them in good and will be keeping a close eye on them. I also pulled out an unfinished paper mache project from eight years ago and decided to make a few changes and redo it. I've been commissioned to make a couple of pieces for a lady and I'm hoping to incorporate the rejuvenated project into a prototype. My daughter seemed to be over her illness yet started feeling bad and vomiting again this evening. Thinking dairy could possibly be the trigger and hoping we're not heading into round two of the virus.
Post by centralilrookie on Jun 10, 2021 21:32:08 GMT -5
With sweetheart being home today we started the day by having coffee together and just enjoying the starting of a new day. Just as I was going out to start tilling her dad stopped in to visit. Much later than I planned I finally made it to the barn to get the tiller out. About a third of the way done the tiller started sputtering and and running poorly then quit completely. Darn it! Loaded up the tiller and a mower that had been loaned out and returned in a non running condition to a friend who is amazing in repairing mowers and small engines. While in my home town I stopped to help my neighbor lady stake up het tomato plants that are growing in the garden space in my yard. I must say her plants look really good. Returning to sweethearts I found her working on getting our plane tickets for a trip to Florida in August with my mom and two of my daughters along with their families. Lining up plane tickets and rental cars is much more involved than I care to deal with. Thank you sweetheart for your diligence! Not much accomplished but it was a good day
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 10, 2021 23:26:00 GMT -5
Tonight, after it had gotten cool out (finally!), and I had opened up the house, I did something that I had been putting off until it got cool - I changed the opening direction of the door on that dryer. It was relatively simple, and only took about 25 minutes, not including the trips down to the basement, for more tools! I thought I had taken all I needed, but, as always, there's more. All back together now, and it's much easier to open towards the wall, instead.
Post by Wheelgarden on Jun 11, 2021 15:04:34 GMT -5
Moseyed out to the wet garden, and all is very well. Last year's re-seeded Astro arugula is thick and getting some size about it (time to thin)...Everything thriving, no pest or disease issues anywhere. Hope that lasts. Brought home my brand-new Lt. Dan Taylor titanium leg today. It'll take some adapting to, but I'm used to that kind of thing.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Post by centralilrookie on Jun 12, 2021 22:14:41 GMT -5
Today all my efforts were centered on installing new flooring in the laundry area, around the stairway and down the hallway at sweethearts house.Sweethearts oldest son and my grandson were of great help. We didn’t get done but we’ll work on it again tomorrow afternoon. That will leave me time for some garden tending in the morning. I’ve been telling sweetheart for two days that I had a surprise for her tonight. Two years ago I asked her out the first time for a corn dog and a Ferris wheel ride. Back then she turned me down. But persistence paid off and we’ve been together since then. Well tonight we finally got our ride on the Ferris wheel and had that corn dog too. She was quite surprised that I could keep our night out a secret. I’ll let in on another little secret, she said yes this time to another question........
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 12, 2021 23:50:17 GMT -5
Saturday I finally got that bridge in my front teeth, over the two implants, I started back in early October. The latest delay was when they got the bridge, but the color was all wrong - they had to send it back, and it came back almost perfect! Now I have to get back to talking with those teeth again. The good thing is that during most of this time out in public I was wearing a mask!
Headed to Dad's yesterday at 0520. Brother and I went out in the boat. A slight northerly breeze, felt way less humid. Fish were biting pretty well, but smallish bass and a few bluegills. Decided at 0730 to quit and get busy in the garden. I decided to toss one last cast. Boom! Fish hit when the bait hit the water. Pulled in an 18" bass! Nice ending to a short fishing day.
Started in garden weeding rows. Then Dad came out, we had 40 lbs of rhubarb to pull while brother went to town for his 2nd covid shot. We got it done and bagged in an hour. Dad and step mom worked on one box and I did another. Continued on with weeding, then Dad wanted brother to go with him to deliver rhubarb. So that left me to weed. I was directed to do the sweet potatoes. Did one side of one row and decided my talents could be better used elsewhere. The peppers and broccoli needed straw put down. So I got the old truck and loaded it with straw, drove through the ditch and got as close as I could to where I needed to be. Did that twice. Then loaded the rest of the Texas bale on the truck and headed over across the quarry to finally get straw on the potatoes. Had to hand pull weeds from the rows first, then Dad decides we have to run the tiller between the rows first. Finally got the straw down, ran a little short but was not in the mood to break open the second Texas bale. Still had fish to clean. So did that and called it a day.
Brother said, what are you doing tomorrow (hint hint)? Umm, I'm staying home.
Post by Latitude33 on Jun 13, 2021 17:35:49 GMT -5
Still taking it easy between my back and the heat. Planted a couple of herb starts, watered most everything, converted a ceramic Japanese grill into two separate garden containers and pulled a few weeds. Hoping the doctor has a brighter prognosis tomorrow.