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Cooking can be a lot of fun. And it’s even more fun when you have the right ingredients.
Fresh herbs, spices and seasonings can make all the difference when it comes to creating art in the kitchen, but if you’re like me it can be challenging to keep fresh ingredients on hand.
During the winter months, when there isn’t a farmers’ market in the area, herbs are almost exclusively found in plastic containers, something I’m not fond of sending to the landfill. Likewise, when just a small amount is needed it seems like a waste of money to buy large quantities.
In years past, I’ve planted a few things here and there, but between the slugs and the minimal amounts of sunshine, the results haven’t been all that promising.
This year I decided to give it another go, so I planted a few varieties of frequently used herbs in an area near my front door (for easy access). Having a selection of herbs so close makes it easy to snip exactly what I need.
Now, even if I have to share the harvest with the slugs, I should have enough to get by. And, if I happen to end up with a bit too much, I can use some of the clippings to freshen up the nesting boxes in the chicken coop. (Quite honestly, if all else fails it will be pretty to look at from my window.)
No matter what kind of garden you plant, the efforts are worthwhile. If you choose to grow food you get the additional benefit of nutrition, but even if you don’t, just being outside interacting with nature has health benefits.
Planting a garden really is a form of self-care.