We have had a few Hawks in the area and I am trying my best to get a good shot! Of course, this guy showed up when I was not home so my husband Tim took a few pix!
Today, Sunday May 27th, we will be going to Monmouth Park Race Track for Family Fun Day! Weather you like to bet on the horses or not it is a great time for the whole family! They have lots of FREE activities including face painting, bouncy houses, pony rides, clowns, live music and more!
This year they are having their first Food Truck Wars! Which is really what is drawing me in! Food trucks, or “grease trucks” as we always called them, from all over the state will be selling their famous dishes! There will even be a “Beer Garden” for those 21 and up!
Sounds like a great time and I will take photos if the rain stays at bay!!!
FREE Family Fun Days are every Sunday from 12 – 4 pm, Memorial Day – Labor Day including holidays!
I started out on happy note, posting pictures of ”My NJ”, a few crochet creations as well as photos of the start of this years garden. Then I began my “Monsanto Rant!” I’m sorry, they just make me crazy!!!
Now lets talk herbs! I love my herb garden! I decided to put a lot of my herbs in containers this year because I don’t have that much of a yard and with a new puppy romping around it just eases my mind to know that my little Boston Terrier “Frankie” is not eating, stomping or peepin’ on them!
I dry herbs, freeze herbs, like to use fresh herbs when I cook, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to flavor water with herbs and fresh fruit! There are so many combinations you can try! Get crazy and creative!!
Currently I have Rosemary, Sage, flat leaf parsley, tarragon, chives, oregano, sweet marjoram, chocolate mint, orange mint, basil and my new favorite boxwood basil in my garden.
Two of my favorite, and most used herbs, basil and rosemary, are kept in my window box. This year I bought a little boxwood basil and I LOVE it! Tiny leaves but bushy and very strong smelling!
I have both of these plants outdoors but also enjoy just reaching in the window to take a pinch of each to add to a meal!
I like to dry and preserve herbs for winter recipes, to use as gifts & crafts. I go out with a scissor, cut a big bunch, tie the end with a rubber band and hang them in a nice dry area.
I have read that some people have difficulties drying so they use an oven, microwave or dehydrator. I live in NJ, and it does get humid, but I have never had any issues drying herbs.
I also let the plant flower at the end of the season to collect seeds! When I dry a plant that has flowered, I put a paper towel or newspaper underneath to catch all of the falling seeds. After your plant is completely dry, give it a good shake and you will have more fall out!
If you want to save your seeds for the following year they also must be dry! You don’t want to package your seeds if they are the least bit moist otherwise you will just wind up with a nice moldy lump! One old trick my mother taught me was to add a little dry milk to you seeds. I store my seeds in jars drop a little powdered milk in the jar and it will absorb any moisture that may be left in the seed.
I love to garden! It is such a rewarding feeling enjoying the fruits of your labor! I grow different varieties of herbs and vegetables and I also save seeds from each harvest for the following year. I am only a small backyard gardener who loves that I can go out to my own backyard and pick vegetables to put on my dinner table!
Like many others, I would categorize this as a hobby of mine but there are people in this world who farm for a living. This is how they not only feed their families but it is what keeps a roof over their head!
Some family farms have been in existence for hundreds of years. Heck, Farming only goes back to Prehistoric times! And since Prehistoric times, farmers have saved the seed from their crops to plant the following year. I do it myself! There are farmers out there who purchase seeds from a company called Monsanto. Monsanto is a “giant multinational agro-chemical company that is at the forefront of developing genetically modified foods.” They sell farmers seeds to grow GMO foods that are immune to herbicide roundup. Farmers who plant Monsato’s seed must sign a contract that they will not save their seed but purchase it annually and Monsanto has the right to inspect their fields.
Now imagine that you have never purchased a single Monsanto seed yet you are informed that you that you are now being sued for Patent infringement, you must make restitution for the use of Monsanto seed and longer allowed to save your seed! Sadly, this is happening to hundreds North American Farmers!
Take action and stand up for Family Farmers!
Please read some of these horror stories in the links below. Oh, and watch out! A bird can poop a GMO seed in the middle of your garden and you could be next!
Percy Schmeiser – Bruno, Saskatchewan
The Nelson Family of North Dakota
Monsanto Sues Midwest Farmers for Saving Soybean Seeds
Monsanto brought false accusations against Gary Rinehart who owns a General Store in Missouri.
There has been no apology.
After watching numerous documentaries on Monsanto and how they are destroying our food, as well as the local farmer, I decided to use only NON GMO seeds in my garden. I usually dry my own organic seeds but sometimes things happen and I have to make a purchase! Here are a list of seed companies that supply NON GMO seeds!
Remember, Monsanto owns 0ver 90% of the seed companies and my feeling is that we should BOYCOTT THEM!
Please support these Non GMO Seed Companies!
Berlin Seeds is located in Amish country in Ohio and does not have a website or email address.
Call and ask for their free catalog, I DID! 1-877-464-0892
I am sure I am missing some Non GMO Seed companies!
If you would like me to add one to the list please feel free to contact me!