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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Seed Share Coming Up - Mark Your Calendars!

Lime Basil
Dear Folks,

My next free seed share is coming up in July, "sow" you do not want to miss it!

More below, meanwhile - read this article I wrote 2 years ago for my Seed Share that year.

Sunday, June 10th is National Herbs and Spices Day, are you growing enough of these healthy flavor seasonings for your meals?  At my seed share event you can ask questions and get answers.

Sow? 105+ Degrees? Yes!

Mesa Urban Garden
Free Seed Share and Q&A
with Catherine, The Herb Lady
Thursday, July 5, 2018, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mesa Main Library
64 E 1st St, Mesa, AZ 85201
(East of Post Office off of Center Street)   

Do you want pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving?  Enjoy fall corn on the cob?  Ever heard of a Monsoon Garden?

What do these have to do with sowing seed in the hottest time of the year in the desert?


I will answer questions on the whys and hows of sowing your fall garden at this seasonal lecture hosted by the Mesa Urban Garden, at the Mesa Main Library.

I harvested all of my garlic, regular and elephant type (Elephant Garlic is a leek on steroids) and I am keeping my fingers crossed that most of them will have formed heads of cloves for longer storage.  They can be used like this but that is a lot of garlic even for sharing.  Our winter was, again, too warm and only a few formed scaps signaling the formation of cloves. Keeping fingers crossed.  Meanwhile they need to air dry in the shade.

My Lime Basil comes back up each year having freely re-seeded wherever, at least this time it is in one of my big pots.  A delightful and distinctive lime flavor.  Photo at the top.

My Turmeric has popped up as has some of the ginger. In the picture this is the turmeric

One of the very, very few strictly ornamental plants I grow is the drop-dead gorgeous red and white Amaryllis.  One of the blooms is gracing our kitchen table along with some of Arabian Jasmine sprigs.

And I can't resist sharing another picture of the Peach Faced Love Birds sheltering among the trees.  This tray refreshes each time the area waters but yesterday, with the unofficial high of 110, I had to add more water.  This gathering followed visits from the other varieties of birds getting some water, and sometimes dropping bread a neighbor puts out for them in the water!

We are in for more high triple digits so check your plants in the morning for any additional watering they need.  Mid-day wilt is NOT necessarily a sign of water need as many plants with thin leaves wilt mid-day to retain moisture.

Speaking of moisture - drink water!!!!!  Make it pretty with edible flowers, some herbs or fruit and veggies.

Stay safe while enjoying the garden, kitchen and maybe a dunk in a pool or lake.

I am taking the rest of the week off visiting with family. Type at you next week.

A Favor -- please share my blog and posts with friends and family on facebook or your favorite social media site.  It helps me and brings helpful info to those who would like to garden and use the bounty.

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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