HERB - forward
RAISYA at aol.com
Wed Mar 3 21:43:37 PST 1999
This is a fun question! I loved Grania's list, so I'm going to assume other
people will cover herbs and add some other stuff:
FROST TENDER ANNUALS-
watermelons - I'd grow them for several reasons - it's one of the few annual
fruits, the taste of garden fresh watermelon is wonderful, and it's almost the
perfect low calorie snack on a hot day. In E. PA, you may need to start
plants indoors to get a good season. My favorite variety is Sugar Baby (great
taste, and small "icebox" melons).
canteloupe - about the same as watermelon. I like canteloupe best when it's
just come in from the garden, still warm <G>.
cucumber - I love cucumbers in salads (or alone in a salad), and the rest of
the family loves pickles.
COOL WEATHER ANNUALS-
lettuce - basic salad vegetable, there's a lot of varieties and it's easy to
rocket (arugula) - it has a nice tang to it, I like to add a little raw to my
radish - good to add some spice to a salad, and VERY easy and quick to grow.
carrots - I love fresh, tender baby carrots, alone or in a salad or steamed.
peas - pea plants can be turned under to add organic matter to the soil, and
fresh peas are really delicious.
chard - it's high in minerals, and leaves will continue to regrow for months.
I like to add it to stir fry or a soup or young raw leaves in a salad.
borage - the flowers are pretty <G>. The flowers can garnish a salad or cold
drink, and the young leaves can be added to a salad (haven't tried it yet).
calendula - another pretty flower. The petals can be used as a garnish, or
used to color a dish like saffron.
onions - easy to grow from sets, and it's particularly good for vitamin C.
It adds flavor to soups and stir frys and roasts.
watercress - this may not work in the garden, but it's easily grown in a pot
set in a pan of water, and it adds a nice zing to a salad.
roses - a really beautiful flower, and the petals and hips can be used for
potpourri, rose water, rose hip conserve, etc. If you grow an eglantine/briar
rose, you can use the leaves.
iris - a beautiful flower.
garlic - an easy to grow bulb, it's particularly good for you. I add a clove
or two most of the time when I'm cooking meat.
burnet - a leafy green, it adds a cucumber taste to salads.
strawberries - A relatively fast fruit, and not difficult with a good mulch.
There are varieties that aren't sold in groceries that have incredible flavor.
If you want a period strawberry, you'll want an alpine (Fragraria vesca) type.
Most of these are easy to grow, and all of them are period. Some other plants
I also grow are tomatoes, sweet peppers, squash, okra, nasturtiums, marigolds,
day lillies, beans, and parsley.
Hope this is what you're looking for.
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