Life on Florida’s West Coast

For the Love of Herbs

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I love growing herbs in my garden for medicinal and cooking purposes, but ever since I moved to Florida I’ve had a hard time of it. I have an alright time of it if I keep them in pots inside the house, but once they go into the ground it’s all downhill.

I’m absolutely grooving on the memories while reading Skeet’s blog about her garden, complete with beautiful pictures of the herbs. She may find it neglected, but I’m blissing out just looking at the shots. It’s so lush and homey. She’s in Hawaii and expounds about her trouble growing mint. I could have written that rant! I cannot get mint to grow here in Florida like I could up in Virginia. We had it by the armfuls each year and I would brew strong mint tea. Also, each time my mother made a pot of iced tea, she sent either me or my sister out to the garden to pull a handful of mint leaves to brew with the teabags. Heaven in a frosty glass, I tell you. The mint spread like wildfire and we were always giving away pants. Down here it just dries up and get devoured by the bugs.

Sigh. If I close my eyes I can almost see my childhood garden.

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