Where: Fair Field (face the house, & look to the right of the steps); Annex (north-easterly corner, b/w the curvy path & the hedge)
Why: Add to sauces, soups, salads, whatever – fresh or after drying on your window sill
How: Just pluck or pinch off some leaves. Crush a leaf b/w your fingers and smell it, to confirm you’ve picked the right plant.
Where: Fair Field (middle of the garden, just east of the path)
Why: Mature leaves can be softened in a stir fry, or young leaves tossed in a salad
How: Break off a few leaves. Leave the stalk standing, if you please
What: Lemon balm (member of mint family)
Where: Fair Field (facing the house, look for the bright green shrub to the right of the steps)
Why: Try crushing a leaf between your fingers, then smell it. Imagine a few lemony leaves in your favourite summer beverage!
How: Just pick off some leaves, simple as that!
What: Blooming chives
Where: Fair Field (facing the house, look to the left the steps); Annex (hiding near the comfrey plant, on the corner)
Why: Chives can be chopped (flowers and all), then added to lots of foods
How: Cut or break stems close to the ground, leaving the roots in place
Where: Fair Field (face the house, look to the left of the steps); Annex (all over the place, especially near the corner of the hedge)
Why: Mojito anyone? Try chewing on a few leaves, just to freshen up!
How: Pick off some leaves, or break off an entire stem
Where: Fair Field (it’s easy to see the bush reaching over the curb, not far from the bus stop)
Why: Use “leaves” and flowers (but not woody stems or branches), fresh or dried, as a tasty spice (especially with turkey)
How: Ideally, you’d use snips to chop off a branch, overhanging the curb. Or, break off new shoots near the end of a branch.