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Monday, August 28, 2017

National More Herbs, Less Salt Day - August 29, 2017

Dear Folks,

By now you should know I LOVE herbs in all their scent, flavor and glory.  They not only flavor our food, most of the culinary herbs have additional antioxidants, Vitamin C, along with other minerals and vitamins.

Some, like Rosemary, lift the flavor of all starchy foods so you don't miss large applications of salt.

Flavor first with herbs and spices before reaching for the salt.

And we can pretty much grow ALL of them here in the valley of the sun.  You just need to know whether they like their feet cool or warm.  They respond more to soil temperature than air temperature.

I know that fall is coming soon because the fig leaves are starting to dry and fall.  While technically not an herb, the fresh leaves, dried by you, make a nice addition to tea. (Fig LEAF is used for diabetes, high cholesterol, and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo.--Webmd)

Herbs which like the fall are parsley, cilantro, dill, chervil, anise, and celery.  All can be seeded in NOW.

Here is the link to my post on September planting if you missed it.

Other gardening.  Sow sugar peas on September 1st.  I have several celebratory planting times.  October 1st for Garlic, January first for potatoes.  These dates are not cast in stone, but make good reference points to get these foods planted at good success times.  You can successive sow sugar peas every 2 - 4 weeks through February/March for a continuous harvest.

I have a simple little herb chart for $5 (PDF) which lists 48 herbs and when the best time for planting is.  It is available in the side bar here on the blog.

Have a best day in the garden and kitchen!

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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