It’s amazing the flavour you can grow in Alberta’s short summers. In most ofthe province, we get about 105 to 125 frost-free days, but we have lots of sunlight tosustain all kinds of garden life. Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, freshherbs like parsley, chives, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, oregano and mint can flourishin your backyard. And if you plant your herbs in pots, they can be brought indoorson cool nights or during bouts of inclement weather. Basil requires a little morecoddling and does well indoors; in fact most herbs can be kept within easy reach ofthe cook, needing little more than a pot of soil and a sunny spot.
The satisfaction of growing your own herbs is only outmatched by the pleasure ofeating them. When you add a pinch to a sauce, a sprig to a sandwich or a handful to asalad, smoothie or bowl of pasta, the result is a burst of flavour. Plus, adding herbs toyour dishes is a great way to add taste without adding salt.
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