By Patti Moreno
Even urban dwellers with little more than a balcony, tiny backyard or windowsill can grow their own food. Patti Moreno’s Gardening By Cuisine (Sterling 2013) offers a unique plan for creating low-maintenance organic “cuisine gardens” that produce delicious vegetables, fruits and herbs. In the following excerpt, learn how to add six medicinal herbs to your garden for easy access to natural remedies for everything from headaches to sore throats.
This native perennial, also known as the purple coneflower, is a glorious garden plant that grows 24 to 36 inches tall, and sometimes even taller. It has a long blooming period, starting in the summertime. Echinacea grows large purple flowers that look similar to daisies. This drought-tolerant herb is a must in a summertime bouquet. Echinacea flowers attract wildlife like bees, butterflies, and other essential garden pollinators.
Echinacea boosts the immune system to prevent the common cold or flu. Make it into a tea, as described below.
Making Echinacea Tea
To make echinacea tea, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried or 2 to 4 teaspoons of fresh echinacea flowers, leaves, stems, or roots per cup of water. Allow whatever part of the plant you’re using to steep in a teapot in boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then strain the echinacea and pour the tea into a cup. You can sweeten the tea, if you like, with honey, fresh stevia leaves or raw agave nectar.
This perennial medicinal herb is part of the chrysanthemum family. It’s easy to grow, and once it blooms in spring, it doesn’t stop. You can use the versatile leaves and flowers of this prolific plant to make a healing tea or a fragrant summertime bouquet. Feverfew has been used in Chinese medicine for millennia to reduce fevers and help with headaches and digestive ailments. A bushy, popular herb, feverfew was used as a filler plant in cottage-style Victorian flower beds and gardens.
Feverfew can be at your service at any time throughout the growing season. Simply prune off enough flowers and leaves to make tea for immediate consumption, or harvest more to dry and use later in the winter. During the growing season you can chew on a few leaves to relieve a headache, or steep 4 tablespoons of fresh feverfew (leaves, stem, and flower) per cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Then strain and drink the tea.
You can also dry the entire plant and use it to make tea. Steep 2 tablespoons of dried feverfew per cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink the tea.
Feverfew helps relieve migraines as well as fevers, minor pain and inflammation.
Snowflakes are actually the perfect metaphor for people. Each one IS unique, but we all have the same structure and are pretty similar in spite of our differences. And really, with as many around as there is, aint no one gonna notice your differences unless they care enough to look closely.
People are also similar to snowflakes in that it is difficult to drive when there are too many of them piled up on the road.
Well that took a turn I didn’t expect
So… I kind of feel shitty about this, but I’m applying for a new job. I don’t know if I’ll get it, because it is at Bank of America and all, but mom thinks I can and I really want to try. I’ll make so much more, won’t have to stand on my feet all day, and they’ll even pay for my classes. I really want this job.
i literally say fuck so often i’m starting to think we need a new word that’s more offensive than fuck
Arjia is going to drive me to drink. He has just totally decimated his fins at this point. In just two days. He was fine, never had an issue with tailbiting for the almost year I’ve had him and just suddenly one day decided he was going to nibble all his fins off.
Say no to long finned betta kids
Butttt I love him and he and Radar will just be my scraggly babies. It is frustrating though.
Attila was the same way at first. He never touched his fins and he just up and decided one day to go after them. They look really bad but there isn’t anything I can do, I hate seeing him like that.
Every time I open my fridge it makes a sound like souls trying to escape the afterlife…
"I AM THE LOST SOUL OF BOLOGNA FEAAARRRR MEEEEE"
My favorite emails are ones that let you know that your order has shipped.
Sometimes I take my glasses off, but keep scrolling through my dashboard anyway.
I have yet to hear anything! I was just wondering today actually when i was going through my emails. I’m gonna give it a another week and then contact them?
Sounds good to me.
Yeah, not much you can do about that I’m afraid. Sorry anon! Your grandma - like my aunt - may or may not actually refuse to come over if you did have a snake, but if it isn’t your house you don’t have a whole lot of room to negotiate. (Whereas my aunt wanting to see me may eventually outweigh her irrational fear.)
Tell your grandma that it’s just a really weird looking cat
Or do this.
If she tries to ask about the lack of legs, just tell her it got into a bad accident and scold her for pointing out it’s disability.