Lee and a curious calico crisscross the country in a RV, living simply and sustainably.

Herbal Essence

Mmm. Smells savory inside the cabin. My neighbor lady brought home an armful of fresh herbs from a friend’s garden.  Sage, anise, rosemary, mint, lavender, and several types of basil.  And a couple of mystery herbs. She’s going to freeze hers in olive oil “ice cubes”, but I chose to hang mine in the kitchen as a treat for the visual and olfactory senses, as well as keeping them within easy reach.

Last night’s summertime dinner was salmon sautéed in olive oil with a brushing of tamari and herbs. A huge salad grown from the co-operative garden was topped with beets, cucumbers, pine nuts and golden raisins. More olive oil & red wine vinegar mixed with beet juice for a zippy dressing. Chilled herbal tea with stevia.

The garden withstood the heat wave this week, thanks to the spot watering bottles we installed a month ago. Our tomatoes, squash and watermelon are drinking it up. In my personal plot, I added soybeans (hard to find non-GMO brands in the grocery stores), butternut squash, sugar snap peas, stevia, and rosemary. In the communal section, there are half a dozen types of lettuces and greens, corn, beans, squash, melons, tomatoes, and peppers, to name a few. And of course basil, rosemary, dill and other herbs.

This morning I’ll start off  the 4th of July festivities by picking blueberries at another friend’s house.  Gotta watch out for those chiggers, though. I’d never experienced them before this season, and now know why they’re a bane to gardeners.  I learned that using a bit of mashed up plantain to form a poultice that would relieve the itching. Sure enough, I applied a dozen wads of the crushed leaves to my legs with Band-Aids, and it wasn’t pretty, but the relief lasted for many hours. Bought some powdered sulphur at the garden center to sprinkle around my ankles the next time I go into the field.

Maybe there will be enough blueberries to freeze or turn into a mouth-watering cobbler. Think I’ll add a pinch of mint…


Think:  What are your favorite herbs to cook with? To heal with? To grow?

Say:  Let us know your favorite herbal recipe or medicinal tip.

Do:  Share the wealth! Offer what you have in abundance with an appreciative friend. Teach what you have learned so far.

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