Dehydrating Herbs in my New Dehydrator!

Today I am dehydrating herbs in my new dehydrator! I’ve wanted an Excalibur dehydrator for a very long time, and finally found this one at a really good price. Yes, it is big! Right now it is on the dining table until I figure out its permanent location (it is still set up for seed starting and soon for crafts). It has 9 trays with 15 square feet of drying space, a 7 inch fan and a 600 watt motor. Not too loud, sort of like a window fan or air conditioner running. These are rated as one of the best dehydrators on the market. I’ve tried cheap ones, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. There aren’t any vegetables ready in the garden yet, so Continue Reading →

Planning My Square Foot Garden Layout

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… So, I’m planning my Square Foot Garden layout today. With winter storm “Stella” dumping more snow today, planning the vegetable garden gives me hope that Spring is actually coming.  I have made my list of this year’s plants and I know how many of each I will be growing. Next, I will decide what plants go in which bed and lay it out on graph paper using the SFG (Square Foot Garden) method. I have five raised beds, two are 4×8, three are 3×8 and one square keyhole garden that is 8×8.  I also have large plastic storage boxes that I place next to the fence in the dog’s play area. For obvious reasons you can’t plant in the ground where the dog “fertilizes” it. 🙁 A Brief Guideline Continue Reading →