Grow Your Favorite Recipe
Picture this - Your guest reaches over and plucks a sprig of mint from a planter to add to their iced tea or Mojito. Nothing beats the fresh from the garden flavor or fun of ingredients right from your own garden.
Take a look at your favorite recipes and start planning ways to include some of the ingredients into your landscape. Try a salsa garden filled with tomatoes, a few hot peppers, onions and of course cilantro.
Maybe it’s a pizza garden. Roma tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano for the sauce. Include a few peppers, onions, and slicing tomatoes for topping. Young gardeners may like to plant these ingredients in the shape of a whole pizza pie or a slice. And though we can’t grow cheese in your garden a ring of marigolds will add color.
Don’t forget the simple touches that make a meal special. Freeze a few pansy flowers in ice and add to a glass of sparkling water. Top off a bed of homegrown greens with edible flowers such as nasturtium, fuchsia and pot marigold.
A bit more information: Flavor up your bloody Mary with a sprig of lovage. This easy to grow herb has hollow stems and a celery flavor. Place one or two plants in a sunny corner of a garden or one in a large pot for a vertical accent in moist well-drained soil. This perennial herb can reach 6 feet in height, grow one foot wide and is hardy to zone 4. Harvest sections of the stems, leaves and all, as needed. Use as a straw in your bloody Mary for a little home-grown celery flavoring.