THEGIRL0NFIRE DOCTOR WHO GIVEAWAY!!
As promised, I went to the mall today and the giveaway is here!
I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for quite a while but either never had the money or couldn’t get to a post office or things just kept coming but but finally I have the money and I can give back to all my wonderful followers who stick with me and some of those who have for years.
There will be three winners!
- First prize: Doctor Who TARDIS night light (and it’s actually pretty big!)
- Second prize: Doctor Who sonic screwdriver keychain torch that lights up
- Third prize: Doctor Who “BOW TIES ARE COOL” wrist band
You can reblog as many times as you want, I can’t be arsed to check all of that nonsense. (And feel free to tag this with giveaway so your followers can blacklist it!)
Likes do count.
But if you win and I notice you’ve made a blog just to spam this giveaway without losing followers, I will pick a new winner.
I will ship internationally.
Must be following me as this is an appreciation gift for my followers! (http://thegirl0nfire.tumblr.com)
I will close this giveaway on 6/27 (today is 6/13) so you have exactly two weeks!
Good luck & geronimo!
i’m sorry guys, but i really want that night light.
Pear Tree Guild
BEYOND COMPANION PLANTING –‘Guild Building’ a Forest Garden
In one of our recent articles I wrote about companion planting and the specific plants my husband and I have grown successfully together -or not- when growing our seasonal food crops. This time I’d like to write about the function and use of plants grown in polyculture and how each plant species has inherent characteristics that benefit an entire plant community or plant guild (polyculture is growing many different types of plants together -as compared to monoculture).
Herb Drying Basics
When herbs are dried, they are safe from bacteria, mold and yeast, and will remain potent for at least six to 12 months. To remove moisture, all you need is air circulation. Some warmth can also help. The six methods detailed here fit the bill.
Washing herbs usually isn’t necessary if they are grown organically. Harvest herbs in mid-morning before newly developed essential oils have been burned off by the sun, but after the dew has dried. Remove old, dead, diseased or wilted leaves.
When you harvest herbs for their seeds, the seed heads should be turning brown and hardening, but not yet ready to shatter. To harvest herbs for their flowers — such as chamomile flowers or thyme spikes — snip flower buds off the plants close to the first day the buds open.
Indoor Air Drying Herbs. Tie stems in bundles and hang the herbs upside down. Use twist-ties so you can easily tighten the bundles when stems shrink as they dry. A warm, dry spot is best; avoid the kitchen. Wrap muslin, a mesh produce bag or a paper bag with several holes around the bundle, and tie it at the neck.
A drying screen helps dry leaves or sprigs. Make your own from an old window screen or hardware cloth mesh stapled to scrap wood or a picture frame. Lay cheesecloth over the screen, and place herbs on the cloth. Herbs can take a few hours to several days to dry fully.
Solar Drying Herbs. This method is easy if you live in a warm, dry place. The ideal solar food-drying conditions are 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent humidity or less.
Use the sun’s heat to dry herbs, but don’t expose herbs to too much direct sunlight as this could cause them to bleach. Solar drying can be as low-tech as placing drying screens outside until your herbs are brittle (bring them in at night). You can also dry herbs under the windshield or rear window of your car on a hot day. A DIY solar food dryer with stackable drying screens, a glass top to trap radiation, an absorber plate to transmit heat and a vent for air circulation is useful, too.