This gardener was looking for an herb to plant along the house for aroma, and if it goes into the lawn that is ok as they will mow it off and will smell nice. If this herb takes care of mosquitoes than that is even better.
All I could think of was the thyme which are many kinds, and of course mint. But do you have any ideas? Please let me know and I will post on this blog. For the writer that wrote me, I am sorry but can't find where you wrote it. I am not dreaming or making it up.
I was wondering about keeping fruits and vegetable fresh longer with so much coming on now in the garden. Here are some hints for that.
•Apples - Apples are ethylene gas producers so store away from other produce. They can be stored on the counter for up to a week or in the fridge for more than a week.
•Avocados – Ripen on the counter then store in the refrigerator.
•Bananas – Keep green bananas out of the refrigerator and let them ripen on the counter or a banana hanger.
•Berries – Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are delicate and should not be washed until ready to eat. Keep in refrigerator in dry, covered containers.
•Cherries & Grapes – Store in refrigerator, unwashed, in their packaged plastic containers or plastic bags until ready to wash and eat.
•Citrus fruit – Extend the shelf life of clementines, grapefruit, lemons, limes and oranges by storing them in the crisper drawer or in a mesh bag in the refrigerator.
•Melons - Store cantaloupe and honeydew loose in the refrigerator, even before they’re cut. Watermelon can be kept in a dark, dry place away from other produce. Keep cut melon in the fridge.
•Stone fruit – Keep nectarines, peaches and plums in a paper bag on the counter until they are ripe then move to the refrigerator where they’ll last a few more days.
•Tomatoes – Always store at room temperature as the refrigerator will make them rot quickly. Keep loose in a bowl away from sun or heat (like the stove.)
•Broccoli & Cauliflower – Broccoli and cauliflower are best kept in separate refrigerator drawers away from other produce.
•Celery – Store in the refrigerator.
•Corn – Store in the refrigerator inside their husks.
•Cucumbers – Store at room temperature. Can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days if they are used soon after removal from the refrigerator.
•Eggplant – Store at room temperature. Can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days if they are used soon after removal from the refrigerator.
•Green beans – Store in the refrigerator.
•Leafy green vegetables – Greens like lettuce, collards, chard, kale, and spinach should be stored in the refrigerator.
•Onion family – Store garlic and onions in a cool, dark and dry space but separate from other foods because of their strong odors.
•Mushrooms – Keep unwashed in the refrigerator. Moisture makes them slimy.
•Peppers – Store at room temperature. Can be kept in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 days if they are used soon after removal from the refrigerator.
•Root vegetables – Store carrots, beets, and radishes in the refrigerator. Store potatoes, sweet potatoes and winter squashes in a cool, dark and dry place like a pantry or cellar.
I learned new things, like not washing grapes till we eat them. So hope this will help you with the storing of fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Enjoy the bounty of summer that is here. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa