Scenes from a year of half-botched foraging and uncontrolled buying
Hi there! I think opening to joy in the little things in life is what makes it worth living! And I bet you can find joy in the little moments, like gathering seeds. I can say that I planted a few seeds for a relative of marshmallow in "my garden" area downstairs in the building and I am hoping some with come up. I took the originals from a lovely community garden in Jerusalem, that has a much colder and rainy weather, and to my surprise 3 plants came up last year in Eilat, by the dripping irrigation. Eilat is a desert by the sea, so I was surprised that they grew, flowered and died after 2 years. I collected the roots, which are very good in use for the skin and to soothe the digestive system. I have a few other herbs that make it through the year, thanks to drip irrigation, such as salvia, micromeria, a kind of artemisia (very bitter, but I like it in my tea) and since here is very hot, I get eggplants and basil year round. I used to have Nigella in my garden in Santa Rosa, CA, lovely seedpods to decorate your place with and the seeds are yummy in almost anything. And I've got fennel here in the winter, so don't give up and make some seed balls and be ready for a surprise in the spring!
Open to joy! Love that! When you figure out how to do it, please let me know. The drudgery and disappointments of the pandemic have also left me blah; therefore we too are planning vacations...even if they have no dates yet. I guess I'm taking on Christian's assignment, too. For one, I'm looking forward to seeing you next weekend! <3
Nigella is such a treat to grow -- I let it re-seed freely in our tiny rock garden, where it forms a fog of delicate growth above the other plants. I hope you enjoy your new orach. We have a red variety that dutifully returns every year, and stays delicious long after all of the lettuces have bolted in our Minnesota summer heat. I'm looking forward to trying some edible petunias and stocks from this year's seed stash.