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CLOVERDALE, CA. ~ Not so very long, ago the herb garden was essen- tially the vegetable garden. In the past, vegetables were the basic flavoring fac- tors for a dish, such as onion, turnip, carrot and parsnip. Herbs were more impor- tant for medicinal remedies and perfumery. "In all cases, they spoil the food, whether it be cooked or not," Greeks and Romans agreed. We don't know how long it took Italian cooks to perfect the marriage of ancient Mediterranean basil with toma- toes from the New World. During the Nineteenth century herbs had estab- lished affinities with certain foods. For example: lamb with mountain herbs, meadow lamb with mint from valley streams or marsh lamb served with oysters.

By the end of the 20th century the consumption of herbs and spices rose


in the west. The consump- tion tripled between the 60's and the beginning of the 21st century. Thanks to a grow- ing appreciation of Asian plus

I tell you that as long as I can

conceive something better than myself, I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into

existence or clearing

the way for it. George Bernard Shaw

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Microgreens are even eas- ier to grow in your kitchen window. These greens are the new kid on the block, reach- ing star status in the last few

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Latin American foods, we were adding four grams per person per day to the American diet. Growing fresh herbs in your kitchen is an easy way to add fla- vor to a meal. Fresh herbs give twice the pleasure of dried ones. Dried herbs may have a strong taste but the soul is

missing except, maybe, with the sturdier leaves of thyme, sage and dill.

according to Hobby

Farm Home magazine. Even the word itself is "fresh" with its first use recorded in 1998. Microgreens contain a sur- prising amount of flavor, a single beet green can taste like a fully grown beet, while mus- tard and radish micros have a spicy kick and carrot micros carry the fresh flavor of just picked vegetables. They can be grown from any vegetable

almost seed

with popular choices includ- ing broccoli

rabe, arugula, Swiss chard, beet, Asian mustard, Red Russian kale and white stem pak choi. These crunchy


sprout within 5 to 12 days mak- ing them perfect for impatient gar- deners. Micros, like herbs, can be grown in any con- tainer with holes for air circulation and drainage. A recent children's project grew them in plastic bottle caps! Organic potting or

soil germina-

tion mix is best for growing herbs and microgreens. Once you've filled the

container completely, moisten without turning soil muddy. For micros spread seeds even- ly and thickly without lay- ering on top of each other.

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(Only use a few herb seeds per container). Close planting of micros allows for easier har- vesting. Mist again and cover the tray with a cloth, paper towel or raised plastic cover. Make sure there is ample ventilation to prohibit mold growth. When sprouts emerge pro-

vide filtered sunlight, (herbs require strong light), during day. Once they start to grow, place container in a pool of water for a couple minutes- overhead watering can harm the sprouts. You will need a tray underneath the container to protect your surfaces.

To harvest use scissors, cut- ting micros as close as pos- sible to soil, avoiding dirt in the mix. Eat within hours, if possible, or store in fridge in jar with lid. The micros will add great taste and a kick to appetizers, salads, sand- wiches, soups, stews and pasta dishes. Plus, you can reuse the soil for another couple of batches.

Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a comprehensive heliocentric model which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe.

The publication of Copernicus' epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, is considered a major event in the history of science. It began the Copernican Revolution and contributed importantly to the rise of the ensuing Scientific Revolution. Copernicus' heliocentric theory placed the Sun at the center of the solar system and described that system's mechanics in mathematical rather than Aristotelian terms.

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