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Neighborhood cats win…this time

By Melinda Mawdsley

I'm back in the garden for Summer 2011. By garden, I mean two pots of herbs and a large pot of wildflowers.

Why not more? Talk to the three neighborhood cats that peed on and ate my sunflowers last year, killing them and frustrating me beyond accurate — or appropriate — words.

However, knowing that those cats were still around, I upped my supply of herbs this year. I'm growing basil, cilantro and rosemary. And quite well. I have found herbs to be relatively easy to grow here and wonderful additions to summer favorites: salads, fish tacos and bruschetta. Fresh herbs are the low-calorie, nonfat, tasty alternative to most anything else, especially ranch dressing.

But, because I'm competitive and refused to be foiled by felines, I found a packet of wildflower seeds from my friends' wedding last year and planted those.

FYI, this pot was full of old soil and dead leaves from last fall and winter.

In other words, I'm not really trying to garden this summer, and I'm already doing better than last year when I actually tried.

Note to self: plants don't need to be babied. When in doubt, plant herbs, wildflowers and get out of the way!


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