- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
We just had our second "soft" freeze (it was only around 30 degrees). I will harvest the last of the tomatoes if they aren't too mushy today. There is still kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, beans, and peas in the garden, so there are a few things that will not die back with the cold.Well, the hard freeze finally came last night... everything is dead now except the chard, which will be harvested when the garden dries out a little.
The late freeze, welcome though it is, is always a mixed blessing. If the garden is still producing (it was) then the extra time means a longer, larger harvest - and more to share. But it also means a delay in cleaning up the garden & prepping it for Winter. For me, that means preparing & planting the garlic bed, taking down trellises & cages, and mowing all vegetation. Weather permitting, that also means turning under chopped leaves collected from my & my neighbors' yards, along with wood ashes & charcoal from the fire pit.
The freeze is always a bittersweet moment. I garden vertically as much as possible, both to discourage deer from jumping the fence, and to keep as much as possible out of the reach of my often heavy rodent population. This has the effect of creating a tall, dense jungle in late summer, and I really enjoy squeezing through the vegetation when harvesting. It is a peaceful world within a world, surrounded by both beauty and bounty.
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So when the freeze kills everything, I miss that jungle. Especially this year, when I am also missing the Jane who shared that jungle with me for so many wonderful years.
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I think I read this article last year. I will cover it and see how well it survives the winter. It did survive the -40 temperatures we had last year with -60 windchill, and I did not get a chance to cover it.Arguably one of the most popular herbs, basil is a tender annual herb native to the southern regions of Europe and Asia. Since this is critical when growing basil, you may wonder does basil like cold weather? Click here to find out.www.gardeningknowhow.com
I have been doing this regularly. I have quite a bit of basil growing and drying right now. I hope to have a better crop next year. I have clay soil, and I think that makes things slow to grow. At least, it seems like that.Cut it, put it on a cookie sheet and let it dry out completely, then store it.
How to Harvest BasilBasil is easy to grow, but it only grows outdoors in the summer once the soil has warmed up nicely—and it's a great companion to tomatoes! Here's what to know about planting, growing, and harvesting basil herbs.www.almanac.com
Start picking the leaves of basil as soon as the plants are 6 to 8 inches tall.
Once temperatures hit 80°F (27°C), basil will really start leafing out.
Harvest in the early morning, when leaves are at their juiciest.
Make sure to pick the leaves regularly to encourage growth throughout the summer.
Even if you don’t need to leaves, pick them to keep the plant going. Store them for later use!
If you pick regularly, twelve basil plants can produce 4 to 6 cups of leaves per week.