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Lindsay Warne | Gardening Tips, Permaculture Designer

Saskatchewan Zone 3a. Newby homesteader. Food Preserving. Indoor Growing. Dreamer, Nature Lover. Yoga Teacher @mindful_living_movement
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Trying to decide on what gets space in my garden next year… it’s going well 😅. I have narrowed the tomatoes to a mere 14 varieties 😶
Why is it so hard to choose. I literally cut out 2 varieties as the rest I feel the need to keep / try. Some are favourites and 4 are brand new varieties I want to try.
Whelp! Let’s see where I end up in the spring 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
Two fun things about crazy hot days..
#1 when you find a sweet new gardening hat to where
#2 when it gets too hot for manual labour you can still chill in the shade and not get eaten by bugs cuz it’s too hot for them too!
Didn’t mean to but was up before the sun this morning and got to be out in the meadow watering tees as the sun came up. The fog was still sitting in the low spots. Love the quiet of the early morning and not boiling in the sun watering trees for 3 hrs!
What do you love about hot days?
Who knew that putting away your dried herbs could be so exciting.
If you watched my stories you will have seen that I had to throw away all of the basil because it didn’t dry and grew mold instead.
I also decided to mix up different types of herbs on the same string line so that they didn’t hang down as long while drying. That totally backfired because identifying things like basil, lemon balm, and mint, when they all look very similar is harder than one would think when they are dried. Literally had to smell every single tiny bundle to confirm what was what.
Just goes to show no matter how many times you’ve done some thing. There is always something to be learned from the process.
One thing that I’ve been trying to do this year is getting ahead of the thrips. I find that usually about mid season the thrip damage starts to show up on lots of different herbs and can end up ruining the harvest.
So this year I decided that I would harvest right now. I harvested a whole bunch, while everything is in its prime, as I like to use things dried most often above everything else throughout the winter.
Everything else I dried thankfully had no issues so still off to a good start.

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