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Gardening for a Chef - It's time to grow your own herbs and more!

Gardening for a Chef

Spring has come to the northern hemisphere and what better time to take up gardening. If you have the room, you can start a complete garden, but most folks cannot so you can have a garden of herbs that will elevate your culinary dishes to the next level.

What to grow?

Herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, cilantro and basil make a great little garden to pick from. Usually you can buy these already started at a local garden center, and then get a railing mounted pot to show off your garden. You can pick any of these herbs when required, and will give you a bounty all summer and fall long. If you can keep your garden pot away from the pets, you can even move inside in the winter.

A Bigger Garden.

Gardening. Leisure in the garden

For a fast bounty, zucchini, lettuce, radishes, carrots and potatoes can make their way into your meals usually in a couple of months.  Try beans, corn, even squash or pumpkins.  It depends on the size of your space.

Animals will love you.

No matter where you live, deer, raccoons and any other assorted animal will love your garden. Try a scarecrow, tin pie plates or even a net to protect your garden.  Search the net for non harmful ways to keep pests out of the garden.

The Health Benefits.

Not only do you get "real organic" food, but gardening is good for you. It helps with your joints, circulation, general health, and mental health.  If a couple of hours a week in the garden can erase the stress of the day, you will win every time.

Some Personal Chef Dishes coming up.

I've been planning my summer menu's for the Family Personal Chef Channel on YouTube, and have some of these items planned. Hodge Podge Stuffed Zucchini Pumpkin Soup Apple Crumble Strawberry Tarts Strawberry Jam.

Time to grow... Enjoy

Chef Mike

Fiddleheads - A spring delicacy that you can have all year around.

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumble