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Planting Herbs

Planting Herbs

There's nothing like going out into the garden to pick some fresh herbs to brighten any dish.  I like to have these fresh five in the garden to pick year round (here in CA).

Rosemary

Thyme

Oregano

Parsley

Mint

These are all super easy to grow and add a delightful freshness to every dish.

Be sure and include these herbs to your vegetable garden this year.

You can use the stem of a rosemary branch as a skewer for shish kabobs,  a brush for adding sauces to meats on the grill without the worry of catching of fire.  Mince the leaves and add it to butter for basting.

I'm making rosemary lemonade this afternoon.

Rosemary Lemonade

Simply make a simple syrup:

1 cup evaporated cane juice or raw sugar

1 cup of water

1-2 sprigs of rosemary.

Combine ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

Remove pan from heat and let cool

Strain syrup through a fine mesh screen and discard rosemary.

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice (5 lemons)

4 cups of water

Once the rosemary simple syrup is cooled add all ingredients in a pitcher with ice and serve with a fresh spring garnish. 

 

If it's too wet to work outdoors, sow some seeds indoors

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If it's too wet to work outdoors, sow some seeds indoors

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Lovage - For The Herb Garden



The things that interest me most, are usually the things I don't know about which brings me to blog about, LOVAGE !!!

I'd never heard of lovage, and asked Eda about it and she said, "The leaves taste like celery."  That got me imagining all kinds of things.  So I did some research and found some interesting uses.

All parts of this plant are edible.  The leaves are one of the oldest known salad greens in the world. WOW The root is carrot-like and can be eaten as a vegetable or grated in salads.  I'm always looking for interesting things for my salads.  So far I'm really liking LOVAGE. 

Medicinally, lovage root and leaves can be brewed into a tea and used as an antiseptic for wounds or to stimulate digestion, and relieve abdominal pains due to flatulence. 

The seeds can be used as a spice, like fennel seed. The seeds can even be candied :)  (Love that part)

** Lovage root contains furanocoumarins which can lead to photosensitivity. (So be-aware)

So far I love it enough to plant some in the garden this year and give it a good taste test.  

So now for the planting:

Sow fresh seeds in sunny to partially shaded garden location in spring. Plant in partial afternoon shade in regions with very hot summers. (here in Half Moon Bay, I think we can plant it in full sun) Water abundantly in hot weather. Once established, you'll likely get seedlings to share with friends.  My kind of plant 

Okay, I'm off to the garden to sow some LOVAGE seeds .  

Love to you all !!

Marilyn

What Does Hermetically Sealed Mean

cavolfioreHermetically Sealed

Some of our customers have asked, “What does hermetically sealed mean?”

her·met·i·cal·ly [hur-met-ik-lee] adverb

so as to be airtight: hermetically sealed.

Why is this important?   Air deteriorates the quality of the seed.

I have a pretty little box I keep my seeds in. It’s overflowing with seeds packets. So on those days I’m planning to work in the garden, I bring out the pretty little box, spread seed packets all around the garden so I can visualize what to plant where.  Peas here, lettuce there, build a trellis for my cucumbers over there. 

Well, inevitably, at least one packet of seeds doesn’t make it into the ground because I ran out of daylight or I didn’t go back to that section of the garden.  For whatever reason, it or they don’t make it back into the pretty little seed box, so it can be days before I discover the packet either laying in the sun or damp from the night.

When I discovered “Franchi” seeds, it was like they designed these seed packets just for me. While the outer package may be weathered, the envelope inside is dry and unharmed. I can’t tell you how many packets of seeds I’ve lost to leaving them out in the elements.

“Protetta In Doppia Busta” means

“Protected in a double envelope.”

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