- May 14, 2017
- Reaction score
- Central Maine, Zone 4B
What will you do with all that comfrey? I've not been good about saving my comfrey, generally just cut it and toss it in the run, or let it fall over, right where planted in the orchard. It typically cycles through 3 periods of grow tall and bloom, lodge, then an other cycle of grow tall... I do want to save some tender tips from current stand to make some healing salve.Got a bunch of tulips and dutch iris planted today. I put hardware cloth down on top of the soil to keep the chickens from scratching in the nice, soft dirt. I'll pull it off in a week or two, when they have forgotten about it (I hope).
I dehydrated several trays of comfrey and garbled it (love that word; it means crumbling the dried leaves away from the tough stems)- it filled half of a gallon sized ziplock. I still have tons more, as well as a small mountain of catnip, horehound, peppermint, bergamot, sage, thyme, tarragon, dill seed heads, and parsley. Most of the herbs will be dried, but I'll be making chimichurri sauce with the parsley. I also have thethat larger green beans that were too big to be tender in the dehydrator on very low heat (about 95F); I hope to be able to harvest the seeds for planting next year. This is only the second time I've tried saving seed, so I hope it works. I also need to get the seeds from the melons I have in the fridge (I sure hope keeping them cold won't hurt the seeds) as this variety is the first one I've been able to get fruit in my very short season
After going through the freezer, I found a full month's worth of various meats in there. So I made up a month's worth of menus to use them up. Tonight is Shrimp Creole, looking forward to it!
I don't know if your over-ripe bean pods will be mature enough to have viable seeds. If you have any more left in the garden, you might pull a section of the vine with those pods, then let them dry right on the vine. I let my pods dry in the garden as long as possible. Finding that the longer they have to complete this maturing process, the better the quality of the seed bean. If the pods have yellowed, and thinned, so the seed is very loose in the pod, there is a good chance that the seed is mature enough to complete the drying process in the house. (if outdoor weather insists that they be brought in!) I lay them out on newspaper or cardboard to finish drying. I would think that the heat of the dehydrator, even at 95* would be counterproductive to viability. Do you have a fan only option?
As for the melon, I don't think refrigeration will hurt the viability of the seeds IF they are mature. I try to let my cucurbits get VERY ripe before harvesting seeds, even to the point of sacrificing the fruit for table use.