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Grow an Herbal Tea Garden

A cup of fragrant herb tea is a natural choice when you want to avoid caffeine. And best of all, you can grow a variety of wonderfully scented herbs in your garden or in containers.

Pickled Nasturtium Pods

You can find lots of recipes for pickling green nasturtium pods; all you really need is vinegar and salt. Traditionally they have been used in place of capers. The good news is that these flowers are easy to grow and abundant.

Fava Bean Spring Salad

Tender spring fava beans are wonderfully buttery – we grow them every year and watch the pods swell with great anticipation. In our family, the favorite way to eat them is to make a simple but delicious warm salad with a lemony dressing.

Spring Artichoke Salad

If you can’t grow your own artichokes, look for very fresh, young artichokes to make this raw artichoke salad. It will surprise you with its delicate nutty flavor.

Using a Cold Frame to Start Your Summer Garden

Using a cold frame is a fantastic low-tech way to start your seeds for a summer vegetable garden. Even if you have a long growing season, you’ll have your yummy veggies on the table earlier in the summer than if you wait to sow your seeds directly in the soil.