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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Final Hours - $1 Shipping on Michigan Bulb Orders, No Minimum Purchase

Double Anenome
20 bulbs for $3.99 + $1 Shipping
Sale Tax (Only for Certain States)

To celebrate their anniversary, Michigan Bulb is offering $1 flat rate shipping with no minimum order!  Just enter Key Code 0827194 when you check out.  Offer expires tonight (08/22/2012)!

There are bulbs as low as $0.20!

Make Your Own Freshly Ground Sage in Minutes

Freshly Ground Organic Sage from the Garden
Nothing beats turning high-quality, sage from the organic garden into freshly, ground sage for cooking.  The flavors and the aroma of the freshly ground sage are strong and wonderful for cooking.  I especially love using ground sage in rubs and herb-butter spreads.

If you are growing sage in the garden and own a food processor, you can easily make your own freshly ground sage spice in no time at all.  

Freshly Ground Sage
Comparative Savings Analysis
Source  Money           Time    Other Considerations       
Grocery Store ~$5 + GasTrip to/from Grocery Store   
  • Shelf life - Unknown*
  • Quality - Unknown
Our Garden~$0Less than 5 minutes Active Time
  • Freshly ground
  • Quality - Known
*Ground herbs are normally "good" for six to nine months, and when I say "good," I mean having a strong flavor and aroma. 

How to Make Freshly Ground Sage

Step 1 
Cut a bunch of stems from your sage plant and tie them into a bundle using a rubber band (See Photo Below).  Then hang the bundle upside down in a cool and dark place to allow the sage leaves to completely dry out.  How much time it will take for the leaves to dry out depends on how many stems are in a bundle, airflow, temperature and humidity.  Allow the bundle to dry until the leaves are crunchy.
Organic Sage, Dried

Step 2 
After your sage is brittle to the touch, strip the sage leaves from the stems of the plant and place the leaves into a bowl or directly into the food processor.
Organic Sage Leaves

Step 3
Place the leaves into a food processor (if you haven't already).  I am using a small Ninja food processor.
Dried Sage leaves in Ninja food processor

Step 4
Give the food processor a few pulses until the dried sage is finely ground.  Then pour the sage into your clean container.
Freshly ground organic sage
As you can see, grinding up your spices can take less than five minutes of your time, and is well worth the effort.  Not only will you be getting high, quality herbs from your organic garden, but you will also be saving money and saving yourself a trip to the grocery stores.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Michigan Bulb $1 Shipping Coupon Code, No Minimum Purchase

To celebrate their anniversary, Michigan Bulb is offering $1 flat rate shipping with any minimum order!  Just enter Key Code 0827194 when you check out.  Offer expires this Wednesday (08/22/2012).

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Visit to Dallas Arboretum

I love visiting public gardens because I get to see rare plants, and I get inspiration for my own garden.   I had the opportunity to visit the Dallas Arboretum, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite gardens.  

McCasland Sunken Garden 
Crape Myrtle Allee
Artwork by Dale Chihuly
Chihuly glass sculptures will be on display at the Dallas Arboretum through November 5, 2012, and they are illuminated on certain nights.

Blue glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly surrounded by mist
Toad Corners

Persian Pond

Persian Pond

Persian Pond