This time last year I was moving into my current home and began what little gardening I do at the urging of CVW, the other original MM.
We were both limited by time and energy to the amount of gardening we were willing to do but urged each other into planting patio containers.
At my house the gardening spread around the patio and I had to create a criteria for what flowers I could plant. My baby ate everything. My options were a summer of panic and poison control or an all edible flower garden. We have marigolds.
I also grow a few kitchen herbs and really whatever strikes our fancy (and is edible, we have pets too) when we are at the garden store.
Compared to real gardeners, I am somewhere below a beginner. However, my gardening gives me some relaxing time and a small hobby so I'm claiming it. I cherish my small collection of pots.
It's already warming up and the garden has given me a great gift: water.
I don't like to drink water.
I pretend that I really enjoy it and have been trying to convince myself that nothing is as refreshing as a cool glass of water for years. I prefer coffee.
In the summer my body needs water, we all do, without any harmful additives or extra sugar. So do the kids.
A yoga instructor posted on Facebook that she was ready for a heat wave with herb infused water from her garden. Inspired, I looked around the patio and found mint.
Since there are few new ideas, if you search "mint infused water" there are recipes, photos and even a video.
Directions: pull some mint leaves off the plant. Put the mint in a pitcher of water. Leave in fridge overnight.
This summer I'm drinking more water, as long as the mint holds up. At least I will try to because I know when headaches come the first question you ask is if you have been drinking enough water.
As I Mom and a migraine sufferer, I know they are dehydrated and I will usually have to think about my answer.
So here's a minty toast wishing you a healthy, hydrated summer. If you have a favorite easy thing to add to water please share in the comments.