Summer is upon us!
It is hot and humid, but our herb gardens
are in full tilt! What to do? I just
read a report that says that over 40% of
American adults do not get enough
sunshine to produce the vitamin D needed by
the body. It only takes about
15 minutes of sun exposure for our bodies to
produce the needed vitamin D.
go get our dose of vitamin D and enjoy our
garden at the same time! Gather
the following items: basket, bag, or
cloth to carry your herbs; and scissors or
snips (and bug spray if the
mosquitos like you like they like me!) Wait until any dew has dried
off the plants.
Now, let us collect! It is hot and
gardening can be thirsty work, so we will
collect and make some nice, cold,
What to collect? What do you have?
Pretty much any herb you like to eat
would make a nice tea. Here are a
few of the ones I like: thyme, basil,
oregano, mint (peppermint, chocolate
mint, Kentucky Colonel spearmint,
apple mint, banana mint, et cetera –
by the way, did you know that basil is a
mint?), Texas tarragon (Tagetes
cilantro (hey! don’t knock it until
you try it!), fennel, rosemary, and dill.
Have any stevia or Aztec Sweet Herb?
Snip a bit of both, or either. Any ratio
is good: just grab a little of this
and a little of that-more of what you know
Now stand up and look
around. Miss anything you would like to add? If
not, has it been 15 minutes? No,
then spend a few more minutes enjoying the
butterflies, bees, hummingbirds,
fragrances and flowers – or grab a weed or two
and upend them so the sun can bake
them dead. It has been 15 minutes?
“loot” inside, rinse it well, set it
aside. Gather a pitcher, take your rinsed
herbs in hand and twist them (this
releases the oils in the leaves so you can
have a burst of flavor), place in
the bottom of the pitcher, fill pitcher with
ice, and top off with fresh water.
wash up, grab a magazine or book,
fix a snack (you know you have worked up an
appetite – how about a home grown
tomato sandwich?) now pour you a glass of
ice cold cold-press herbal “tea!” Be
sure to allow some of the ice to flow into your
Take your glass, book and
snack to a chair in the shade (or hide inside
by a window – hey you’ve gotten your
vitamin D for the day!) sit back, take a
sip of your herbal drink, and know
this is the best way to garden!
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