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How to dry parsley

I finally got around to harvesting my parsley plantation on Sunday.

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Hubby watered the parsley in the morning. The sun came out which was perfect for drying the leaves. Then by mid afternoon I pulled all the parsley out with the help from miss 6 and master 9.

Last year when I dried my parsley I used my dehydrator. I didn’t have as much parsley as this time, but it took awhile for the parsley to dry. The dehydrator method took 9 hrs and then it still wasn’t done so I had to leave it overnight then put the dehydrator back on in the morning.
This time I decided to use the traditional drying method by hanging it upside down in a dry place.

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Things you need:

Garden or Kitchen scissors
A large container or something that is suitable for collecting the parsley
Garden or Kitchen twine
A dry space that is either inside or outside
Brown Paper Bags

1. Gather your parsley harvest and make sure it is dry.
2. Put them into loose bundles and secure the stems with the twine to assure that the bundles stay together.
3. Using brown paper bags, cover each bundle with the bags. Make sure that you cut some slits into the sides to allow for enough air to flow around the parsley. The paper bags keep the parsley clean and to prevent the parsley getting mouldy. Check occasionally to make sure there is no mould and, if need be either cut more holes in the bags or remove them.
4. Hang upside down in a warm, dry place. The parsley should be dry and brittle in approximately 2 weeks.
5. Collect all of the dried bundles and place on a sheet of baking paper.
6. Remove all of the discoloured/unhealthy leaves.
7. Crumble the dried leaves on the baking paper.
8. Store in an airtight container or glass jar in the cupboard.

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Do you dry your own herbs? What method do you use?

Happy gardening!

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In The Garden… Relaxing Day

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  • The lettuce is continuing to grow.
  • The strawberry plant keeps on giving a strawberry here and there.
  • Gorgeous little wild violets are sprouting up near the garden shed.
  • The kids are playing with dirt and water. They love mixing up concoctions.
  • And of course Georgia, the four legged kid enjoys playing with the kids too!

What has been happening in your garden this week? Or have you visited a park or botanical gardens like I did last week.

I am continuing the In The Garden posts which Jacqui started over at Dusty Country Road. She posted them on her blog every Friday. Jacqui is taking a break for awhile so I thought I would keep it going. I love walking around my backyard and seeing what things are flowering or what has new growth. Anyone can join in and you are more than welcome to share your garden or someone else’s. All you need to do is leave a link in my comments and we can pop on over and have a look.

Happy gardening everyone!

Enjoy your weekend x

 

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In The Garden….. New growth

It’s Friday already and time for the In The Garden post. There is new growth growing in my veggie garden. With the rain and some sunny days the plants have really enjoyed it.newgrowthnewgrowth2newgrowth1newgrowth3

  • New growth of lettuce popping through the soil
  • New growth of parsley coming up. I had an old parsley plant there and left it to go to seed. What lovely little surprises!
  • My bush cucumbers are forming, how exciting!
  • The flowering of our rosemary bush. I think it’s telling me it needs to go in a bigger pot.

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what has been happening in Jacqui’s garden for this week. She has a plant that has amazing orange flowers. I am joining Jacqui every Friday for In The Garden post. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in Jacqui’s comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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In The Garden….. Clouds and rain

It has been overcast on a few days this week so the light hasn’t been too great with taking photos out in the garden. We did get some rain though which was good. The garden definitely did benefit from it. Our trees in the front garden were really needing a good soak. Any longer and we probably would have lost a few. I did get around to planting some lettuce seeds though. Now I wait for the start of their new growth to appear through the top of the soil.

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  • Planting lettuce seeds
  • Pulling out the old lettuce
  • Our girls enjoying that lettuce, they all love their greens!
  • Two strawberries picked this morning, I shall enjoy them after lunch!

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what has been happening in Jacqui’s garden for this week. I am joining Jacqui every Friday for In The Garden post. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in Jacqui’s comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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In The Garden….. A bit slow

gardengarden2garden1What has been happening In The Garden this week:

  • The rainbow chard has received treatment and is on the mend. The powdery mildew has gone. There are some nice big leaves that are ready to be picked, might use some on the weekend.
  • The rogue pumpkin plant is flowering. Will wait and see if anything grows.
  • More flowers from the strawberry plant are showing. Perfect little surprises!

And that’s about all that has been going on in our garden. I have been a bit slow in keeping up with the veggie garden. I would like to plant some more lettuce seeds and see what else that is in season that needs to be planted. I have been busy with other things. I have spent some more time with my crafting which keeps me inside most of the day. I hope to get out in the garden on the weekend and sow some seeds. Don’t want to fall too far behind with the veggie garden, got to keep those veggies growing!

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what is happening in Jacqui’s garden. She has got some great rainbow chard growing aswell. I am joining Jacqui every Friday for In The Garden post. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in Jacqui’s comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

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In the Garden….. happy seedlings

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This is what has been happening in our garden this week.

  • Basil
  • Rainbow chard
  • Bush cucumber
  • Some of our plants are burnt on their tips from the hot weather
  • A plant has come up in our dirt area where we are landscaping the backyard. I am not sure what it is but I think it looks like a pumpkin. What do you think?
  • One of our trees in the backyard has little acorns growing. They look very cute.

I hope you have been enjoying your garden. Have you planted any new seedlings?

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what is happening in Jacqui’s garden. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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Ripe red tomatoes

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. The weather here was lovely, not too cold and not too hot. I headed out into the garden and turned over the soil in the veggie boxes and planted the new seedlings. Grow little guys, grow!

Our tomato plants have given us a heap of little tomatoes. All of sudden they are ripening and you see little round red surprises amongst the leaves. Within the last two weeks though I have had to keep an eye on the tomatoes, as we seem to have some little guests having a feast on them. I had to let the dogs out early one morning ( it was still dark) and they started to go nuts running around the veggie box where the tomatoes are planted and trying to jump up on the sides. I grabbed a torch and went to have a look. I shined the light to the top of the tomato plants and there they were, two little mice! They were having a lovely chew on my ripe red tomatoes. I couldn’t do much at 3.00 am so I went back inside and hopped back into bed. When I got up in the morning (a better time of 6.30 am) I headed out to try and deter those guests from coming back. I covered the tomatoes that still needed to ripen with paper bags and tied them up at the top. I had to do a similar thing like this last year and it did work but if the paper bags get soggy from watering and rain you just need to change them. So far its working and I hope they stay away until my harvesting of the tomatoes has finished. Little buggers!

With the tomatoes that we did save, we used some of them last night in our dinner. My hubby cooked chicken parma and made a lovely tomato sauce to spread over the crumbed chicken. It feels good knowing that you have grown them yourself and of course they taste so much better than the store bought ones. I just hope I will have some tomatoes left to pick and get my hubby to make some more of his nice homemade sauce.

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