It finally stopped raining here in Tionesta just in time for the 4th of July weekend. I was finally able to get around to weeding my herbs. I was thrilled that Dan and I were able to find some lime basil under all the weeds! Now that the little seedlings will be getting some sun, I hope to be harvesting some leaves before too long, they smell delicious! I was a little disappointed that we didn't find any Thai basil sprouting, but herbs from seed can be fickle and we've had some real extremes in both precipitation and temperature this spring and summer so far. I was able to harvest the spent chive flowers and have a nice collection of seeds for starting them indoors when winter approaches. I've got extra if anyone is interested in starting their own. Many of my other herbs are bolting quickly this summer, so I spent a good bit of time trimming the cilantro, thyme, basil, sage,and oregano to keep the production in leaves a bit longer. I especially want the sage to keep producing leaves. Not only is it one of my favorite cooking herbs, but I dry the leaves and use them in the sage sausage we make from the hogs we raise. It worked so well last time that hope to dry enough to use in all our sausage orders this time!
The sky is blue, with big puffy clouds right now, so of course we're preparing to make another field of hay. The nice weather is supposed to stick around for a few days. This will pretty much wrap up all of our first cutting hay. We'll then wait a bit to cut second cutting, which simply means making a second crop in the same field.
The old farmer's adage is that corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July"...in this case we are in great shape, as much of it comes nearly to my waist!