I must confess that the heat of July keeps me indoors most of the time.

In fact, I try to make my trips out to my garden under 15 minutes or less.  I just don’t like to sweat.

But, I do have two things that I have to share with you.

The first one is – my pumpkin seeds have all sprouted and are growing!

All four came up.

I didn’t plant them inside of my vegetable garden, because of how large they get.
I learned my lesson a few years ago.  You can read my post about it if you like –  “What Is Wrong With This Picture”

 
I also put some chicken wire around the planting site to keep my dogs from digging up my newly planted seeds.  
For water, I put a single drip emitter in the center, which is connected to the drip system of my nearby vegetable garden.

My pumpkins should be ready in October.  Right now, that seems so far away – but it will be here before we know it!

A few weeks ago, I posted about what was happening in my summer vegetable garden “Snapshot of a Summer Week in the Garden”

In it, I mentioned trying drying my herbs by spreading them out onto cookie sheets instead of hanging them up.

Well guess what?


 It worked beautifully!

I placed my herbs onto paper towels and then covered them with additional paper towels to keep the dust off.  

I stored them in our garage and when I checked on them a week later – they were nice and dry.

This was much easier then hanging them, so this will probably be my “go-to” method from now on.

*I can only speak to my experience of drying herbs this way in a desert climate.  I’m not sure how well it would work in more humid climates.
  
But, you never know until you try 🙂
 
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

3 replies
  1. Indie
    Indie says:

    I have pumpkin plants that have come up from burying last fall's pumpkins in a bed for compost. They are thriving despite being neglected by me and having moles tunneling under them. They just started flowering! Maybe we'll have some pumpkins this summer. (I never knew before that you were supposed to plant seeds in June for a fall harvest.)

    What a great way to dry herbs. I'd assume we could dry them inside like that. The AC keeps the humidity down.

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  2. Gen
    Gen says:

    Love the idea of regrowing green onions. I am going to try that! I am a transplant from NY so I am just learning to garden in AZ. I appreciate all the help I get from your terrific blog!

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