The funniest thing happened! I had a few plants left over after setting everything out in the garden, and want more herbs, so I put them up for swap on craigslist. Finally a lady called me offering mint in trade, and discovered she lives right across the street from me! So this morning we toured each others' gardens and traded plants. Her yard is full of prolific growth- I admired her geraniums, rose trellises, lilacs- and saw that so many things I want to grow will flourish and come back every year even without mulching against the cold. She admired my composting, the paths I built, and general tidiness (glad I had just mowed the lawn yesterday! or it would have looked a lot more shabby). And here's what we traded:
I gave her my last three baby Strawberries
She gave me in return all these Mints!
Now I feel quite rich, with all these herbs! I've got a new plan forming to make half my concrete-edged raised bed a permanent herb garden, once I have the young flowering crabapple and crepe myrtle out of there (I'll probably transplant them this fall or next spring). All that's missing is some chives, dill, and I wonder if I could grow a bay leaf tree...?