Saturday, July 30, 2011

Have you ever heard of pineapple mint? Neither had I until about a week ago while visiting my cousin Ginger. The soft, veiny leaf when fresh plucked does indeed carry a dual frangrance of pineapple & mint. I was instantly enchanted (and I must admit very tempted to sneak 
the plant home with me). 

This year, Ginger has taken a decided interest in all things herbal. After extensive experimentation, my cousin has now become quite the herb snob (I mean that in a good way) and happily endowed me with her new found wisdom. For example, unless you have the acreage to form lush raised beds, container gardening is the way to go with herbs. Don't even waste your time mucking about with anything else. Also, certain herbs do better being dried before use while others still are best crushed fresh. Her current experiments are in the area of calming tea infusions. 
I can't wait to find out what Ginger's next discoveries shall be.

Till then, I wish you all peaceful gardening dreams!