Sow: distributing wealth

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Big bunch of fresh basil becomes a tiny jar of dried basil.

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But I still had more basil so I loaded it back up again.

The great basil dehydration experiment has been a great success. And very enlightening. Never again will I wonder why such a small bottle of a spice or herb costs so much. You saw how much basil I picked on Sunday. It had to be taken off the stems, washed, spun dry, then dehydrated for about 2.5 hours. Basically 1/2 of that became what’s in the tiny bottle in the photo above. That bottle isn’t full so I’m continuing to dehydrate to fill that bottle and hopefully at least one other the same size.

I also brought one of my work pals a huge bouquet of basil:

basil bouquet: like flowers but edible

basil bouquet: like fancy flowers but edible

It caused quite a stir—before I knew it, I was dispensing gardening advice since another coworker has been having bad luck with her basil. And by the end of the day, the bouquet recipient’s boss was looking for some basil too. Luckily I have plenty more where that came from so I can bring them each a bag (though not probably as bountiful as the basil bouquet) tomorrow.

The malabar spinach is also growing like crazy so I brought a bag (repurposed from the yuppie hippie grocery store) for another coworker who is working hard to eat right and exercise.  Picking the bagful didn’t really make much of a dent in the vines:

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big bag full of spinach

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Malabar spinach vines are surpassing the trellis

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Malabar spinach and the fall tomatoes

There’s lots happening in the garden so I also brought a small bag of okra to the basil bouquet recipient. She’s a fan of okra (I checked since it’s such a polarizing vegetable) and was thrilled to get some. I hope she made something delicious with it:

paper bag of okra with some red jalapeños thrown in for fun

paper bag of okra with some red jalapeños thrown in just for fun

I’m really loving the okra, but it will be at it’s end fairly soon. So this morning I planted the fall bush beans:

Fall bush beans got planted today

Fall bush beans: chopstick is for making a hole for the two beans that need to get planted in each hole.

I also saw a familiar friend. I haven’t named him yet because I wasn’t sure he’d stick around (or not end up in George’s mouth). Got any suggestions for a name?

My toad pal. He hangs out near one of the raised beds.

Look carefully for my toad pal. He hangs out near one of the raised beds.

And I’m continuing to hit the reset button: Bruce and I went to the gym again tonight for more cardio and abs/planks. Gotta say that I’m feeling it. Well, at least I know that my muscles are remembering what to do.

Have a great night!

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5 thoughts on “Sow: distributing wealth

  1. Absolutely love the basil bouquet idea. What a great hostess gift. For that matter you could do a whole mix — basil, rosemary, chives, dill and a little lavendar for colour. Wrapped in cellophane, and tied with twine. There’s a business idea. Wouldn’t it be a lovely bridal bouquet for an outdoor wedding?

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    • That is a terrific idea for foodie friends. I have rosemary, chives, basil, oregano, thyme. Dill only grows well here in fall, like cilantro. Italian parsley would be pretty (need to plant some again). I could even wrap it in brown paper or another repurposed clear bag and tie with garden twine! On a smaller scale, it would be a pretty way to sell herbs at a farmers’ market or farm stand. Smaller families and single people could take home a bunch of different herbs that they could easily use up. It would be something that whole foods could sell too.

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      • It’s a great way to sell at a farmer’s market or country stand. I’ll bet Whole Foods would sell them and they’d sell like hotcakes. It’s something I’d buy. At home I’d put it in a vase and snip as I needed. italian parsley would look beautiful. Tasty Bouquets.

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