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Who uses herbs for all those healthy dishes? Try starting your own herb garden. Most will also grow in patio or balcony pots. But you do need some sunlight.

Our list: Dill, sage, taragon, rosemary, chives, garlic, basil, mint, chalots, green onions, radishes, hops, parsley. And heather just as a reminder that I want to golf in Scotland & Ireland some day. I have a fetish for Ireland, lol.

Also, tons of marigold and calandula flowers. We save their seeds in the fall for planting the next spring, as well as dill seeds. Oh, try this: Bake (or bbq) carrots in foil with cooking oil and a sprinke of dry dill seeds. (Butter, shhhh, lol)

We harvest Garlic in July and plant the intentionally left over bulbs in Nov. Goggle how to grow garlic. You have to start off with garlic you buy from a seed house or even better, home grown from a local farmer's market. NEVER get garlic to plant from the supermarket imported from wherever. Its been treated for extended shelf life so as not to sprout. No sprout = the cycle is dead.

How dorky is it to have the same plant seeds in unbroken cycles of 20 years or more. We move; the seeds go with us as well as pot of each herb etc.

We have a white rose bush that came as a root in a wet paper towel from Finland in 1979. 3 moves later, the 3rd root is doing fine....okokokokok, I'll add a pic. (FDA has strict rules now on importing plants. We would never do that today).

See our dorky rainbarrel pic? Needs no further justification, lol. Cheap. The town had them on sale and there was line up!. Plus the town has free garden and flower compost...lots of dorky city peeps are catching on to this stuff.

If you think the garden pic looks like it has red cabbages, well it does. We pulled 40 garlic plants and then rescued 10 homeless cabbage transplants from the garden centre. OMG,, they were throwing them away!! LOL. Not sure they will make it into salads before the frost gets them. Oh, well, was a dorky best efforts try and they seem to be enjoying their adopted home.

Google Buckwheat. (aka kasha) It's so underloved and yet almost in it's own amazingly nutritious food group. Actually its not any kind of wheat at all....more like a nut and related to the rhubarb family. Sounds dorky. Well thats what you get with Sparkdork, lol

Anyway. Thanks to "you know who" who got me to join, Im glad I did...I think I love Sparkpeople!! (insert smileyface icon here)


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