Herbs are easy to grow and as good for you as they taste. This weekend is a perfect time to start an herb garden. You can keep herbs handy in a planter on a windowsill or deck. If you have the space, herbs make fragrant and beautiful additions to a garden. And while you’re at it, plant some baby lettuce!

To get started, head to your local gardening store for a bag or Miracle-Gro and some seeds. Here are a few herbs that will sprout in no time at all:

640px-Basilico_Genovese_di_Prà-2Basil: From pesto to Thai food, basil adds an extra something to any meal — even a simple tomato salad. Plus, it’s great for low iron levels, bloating, stress and even adult acne (when using cooled water that has been boiled with basil).

640px-MintMint: Mint grows like crazy! That means more mint for experimenting in dishes and beverages. Mint tea is a sensational stomach soother, whether your discomfort is from indigestion or cramps.

640px_parsleyParsley: Perfect for any dish, parsley strengthens the immune system, supports kidneys and helps keep blood pressure under control. It’s packed with vitamins A, B12, C and K.

Rosemary, dill, oregano and thyme take a little longer to grow. You can take a shortcut by purchasing starter plants, but you’ll miss the thrill of seeing herbs that you planted from scratch poke through the soil.

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Newborn baby lettuce. (Photo: pixgood.com)

Baby Lettuce for Salad in a Pinch

Falling into the “cut-and-come-again” category, baby lettuce isn’t just for one-time use. Rather than removing a head of lettuce, you take some leaves and come back for more. Baby lettuce is high in calcium and potassium as well as vitamins A and C.



About Fierce Fridays — Tips for Weekend Well-Being

We each cherish those precious days off at the end of the week, but increasingly those of us who are charter members of the sisterhood of the stressed and overworked are losing our Saturday and Sunday leisure time to weekend work and domestic duties.

To make sure that you do something every weekend that’s just for you, we’ll be sharing a little advice to make those 48 hours a great time to recharge your batteries, bring a little good news into your life, or discover a quick and easy way to improve your health.

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