|Basil growing in the garden|
Like a toddler, when I'm in a store full of things I love, I want it now.. I want more of it.
Not that I can afford to just buy whatever I want when I want, considering my budgetary constraints as a writer working almost part-time most days.
So when I go shopping, I make a list.. and restrict myself to buying just what's on my list.
I also make shopping for these three things into a sprinting exercise.
usually I look at options online until I'm sure what I want and how much it will cost, and if I go to a brick and mortar store, zoom in on what I came for and sprint out again. No lingering in the aisles to see what else they have!
That's very rough when I see a lot of things in the store that I want but common sense tells me I can't have. For the record? Clothes, shoes, handbags, make-up etc do not have that effect on me.
|sage in the courtyard outside my kitchen|
|rosemary outside kitchen|
I love herbs and use them for culinary and medicinal purposes. Some I grow just outside my kitchen and use them almost daily, while others I grow in the main gardens, to be picked in large quantities to frozen dried, make pesto, infuse oils and to be used as ground cover in the yard.
Sometimes the same herb, like thyme and mint fulfill the same function, in which case, I'd have it all over the yard as ground cover. I also grow herbs for their fragrance.
They make a home smell so good, whether you're walking past a bush and bumped against it, or you're chopping it to use.
Herbs in my garden
Currently I grow mint, thyme, basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, dill, fennel, catnip, lemon verbena, pepermint, lavender, borage, chives, coriander (cilantro), garlic, garlic chives, oregano and tarragon.
I still have many more herbs that I want to grow. I'm working my way though this list, planting the herbs as I learn about them and find them.