It's August and it's HOT. Here in the East it's not just HOT, as an added bonus, it's humid too! I do not enjoy the humidity but my garden sure seems to; especially the herbs! My herb garden is a riot of new growth and blooms. Herb gardening is great because the dirtier you are the better the herb garden. "Litter" your blooms wherever you wish to have more herbs and like magic, you do. The herbs are on Round 3 and even Round 4 of production in some places. This morning, my dew-covered chives (Round 3) looked so fresh and lovely just before I chopped them for the bouquet below. The mint blooms were lit by the morning light as I hacked them and scattered them about. Many herbs just grow wild here, courtesy of our flying friends; many are overlooked and unnoticed. Why? Mint is NOT just for a garnish. Fresh mint is delicious and adds a spicy undertone when used correctly, that is to say, sparingly. Herb blooms are not just pretty but excellent in a salad. Nasturtiums may be eaten as is, stuffed, added to oil or even dried and finely ground up with sugar for baked goods. Give it a try, you'll be happy you did.
Nasturtiums, sage, thyme, mint, chive and oregano
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