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Apr 19

Grow your own

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Image credit http://www.designmom.com

Grow your own

Have you ever cooked with fresh herbs? How about fresh veggies? I mean FRESH. Not from the store but walk out your back door and pick FRESH from your garden. There is no comparison between store bought and really fresh. Fresh herbs have a very different taste from dried herbs. In the off season you can save your fresh herbs by drying them. Who knows how long the herbs in the store have been sitting there. The “fresh” produce is the same. Why not take a small area of your yard or even a window box and grow your own?

We grow tomatoes on the deck in pots. Again, there is no comparison between a store bought flavorless tomato and one that is warmed by the sun and just picked. Refrigeration steals flavor from tomatoes so be sure and store your tomatoes at room temperature.

There are so many ways to use your freshly grown veggies and herbs which I will cover in upcoming articles. Of course in the off season you have to rely on store bought, but during the summer, why not take advantage of the sun, the earth and a little water to grow your meals?

Here are some great ideas to start your garden. From egg shells to ice cream cones, you can start seeds and plant them directly into the soil.