Coriander 5/5/2018

The cilantro went to seed that was planted last winter. I like leaving flowering plants for the bees. It wasn’t helping the garlic which was completely shaded out by it in parts though. Here is the massively unruly plant below:


It’s going to be used as coriander now. After 1/2 of the plant seeds on the plant have turned brown, The whole plant is pulled out of the ground and dried. I cut the stalks to a reasonable length, bound them together and stuck them upside down in a ventilated paper bag about a week or two ago.

Today I think it’s dry enough to shake all the seeds off. Once the seeds are bone dry, rub them off the stalks or shake them off. I found a big cardboard box and collected all the seeds there.


Then the fastest way to separate all the seeds from the dried leaves and stems is to winnow the seed like wheat. Just pass the seeds back and forth between two containers and the wind will carry off the stuff that is lighter than the seeds. You have to do it a few times but end up with a decent product.


Now we have fresh coriander for curries or stews. I’m going to let it air out for another week or so then put it in a mason jar. It took about 20 minutes to create more coriander than we will use in the next year. Worth it.



Home Garden for Spring 2018

This year since I have the luxury of having a full sun plot away from the house I’m just focusing on the fun things here at home rather than the more industrial crops like beets.

Home is where my tomatoes and squash and melons and cucumbers live. Along with my salad greens (eventually) where they will be more easily picked and used.

Raised Bed #1 Planted 4/1/2018

The picture to the right is 4/1/2018 the picture to the left is 4/22/2018

There are three squash varieties on the left which were just seeds in the dirt on the first picture but you can see little seedlings now.

Squash (top to bottom):

  • Kogigu Winter Squash
  • Sucrine Du berry Winter Squash
  • Long Island Cheese Winter Squash

All are C. moschata types because of their supposed resistance to squash vine borer which is prevalent here.


There are four tomato plants total 3 are the tried and true early girl. The second from the top is better boy.


  • Sweet basil
  • Purple basil
  • Thai Basil

Raised Bed #2 Planted 4/1/2018

The picture to the right is 4/1/2018 the picture to the left is 4/22/2018

There are five varieties of cucumbers on the left which were just seeds in the dirt on the first picture but you can see little seedlings now. The glob in the top center of the right hand picture is some kitchen waste I toss onto the garden It’s not beautiful but red worms love it.

Cucumbers (Lower left to upper right):

  • Patio Snacker
  • Picolino F1 (favorite variety last year)
  • Syrian Smooth
  • Armenian Cucumber
  • Melon Metki Dark Green Serpent

I stuck a Jimmy Nardello Sweet pepper plant and a Garden salsa hot pepper out there for quick access while cooking and to keep an eye out on the pepper progress at the plot for comparison purposes.

There are also a few volunteer tomato plants which will probably not amount too much. You’ll notice a whole bunch of empty space in this bed. This bed is mostly shaded and the empty spots are on the shady side of the bed that is reserved for what I hope to make a perennial salad garden. I purchased a whole bunch of varieties of perennial greens and after I start them from seeds this summer and transplant them this fall this will be their home.

Small bed planted 4/1/2018


Is currently home to dill. Some volunteers popped up so I decided to transplant them here. It will be good to have dill at home too for all the cucumber plants that are planted!

Long bed

IMG_0556This is where I planned to plant some melons, but plans don’t always work. There doesn’t really look to be enough space for melon roots with the garlic. This bed is essentially untouched since the winter planting and looks quite unruly. The cilantro that was planted is going to seed and I decided to leave it there for the flowers that bees love and I’ll use the dried coriander seeds from this plant.

Honestly the garlic looks like it is struggling. I’m thinking the cilantro shaded it out a little too much and made it sort of spindly looking. Or perhaps it doesn’t like the soil or perhaps I should have watered it a little more.

So for now, the bed will stay planted with garlic along one side and coriander and dill and pansies dotted throughout. Perhaps I’ll stick in a watermelon a little later if it looks like there is room, but for now there definitely is not.