Herbs and Edible Flowers

Kale isn’t the only leafy green that is attracting attention in my garden this spring, Garlic Mustard is a wild edible weed that is also difficult to ignore these days. That’s because you can’t venture too far without noticing waves of the plant sporting the small white flowers that rise above the heart shaped crinkled […]

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A recent article discussed a problem with lettuce and other vegetable plants bolting and going to seed prematurely, but flowering is just a part of the natural cycle of things out in the veggie patch. A look around the back yard revealed quite a few edible plants that are bolting and flowering, but for the most part it’s not a problem if it occurs at the proper time and shouldn’t be taken as a sigh of something gone wrong.

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This salad creation is being submitted as part of the Weekend Herb Blogging Group for September 9, 2007. I’ve contributed articles in the past featuring garden productions, heirloom eggplants, and even a sleazy piece on corn smut, but this is my first stab at anything that comes close to qualifying as an actual recipe. After all, I’m just a gardener with no dreams of becoming a gourmet chef.

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Rosemary

July 20, 2007

Rosemary is towards the top of my list of favorite herb plants. It has much to offer the home gardener regardless of the type or size of your garden. Rosemary will make itself right at home anywhere from the vegetable garden to the herb bed, and can even be incorporated within flower gardens and ornamental landscapes.

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Unappreciated Dandelions

April 16, 2007

I recently wrote about the worth of Chickweed, an unpopular but edible weed that is commonly found growing in lawns and gardens. Today’s post examines another universally despised weed; the Dandelion. If you can look beyond its tarnished reputation spring is the perfect time to enjoy a batch of fresh dandelion greens.

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Edible Chickweed

April 5, 2007

Chickweed is one of the common weeds that you may notice taking over sections of lawn and the fringes of your garden beds. If you’ve read any of the entries on my favorite edible weeds such as Nettles and Lambs Quarters, then you probably expect that my take on Chickweed will focus more on the positive aspects of this unpopular plant than on how to wipe it off of the face of the earth with poisons.

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Bay Laurel Plants

August 22, 2006

Bay Laurel, also known as Sweet Bay is a culinary herb plant that makes a great addition to the kitchen garden and can easily be grown on a patio or deck. Bay plants are very attractive with their waxy-looking olive green leaves, branches that can be trained to suit your taste, and flavorful leaves that will serve a valuable function as a versatile kitchen spice.

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One redeeming quality which you’ve probably already assumed since I’m writing about it, is that Stinging Nettles is a nutritious edible weed that offers many healthful benefits to those brave enough to include it in their diet. In addition this hostile plant actually makes a great companion around the garden and is reputed to improve the growth and flavor of other vegetable and herb plants.

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Red Bud Trees

April 17, 2006

As I was driving around this weekend I couldn’t help but notice all of the Red Bud Trees in the area. They are in full bloom and these colorful trees are absolutely covered with pinkish purple blossoms. At times the flowers can even be seen growing in clusters on the trunks of the trees.

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