Little Finger Carrot (Daucus carota var. sativus) – Plants in my Apartment

I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with carrots. Sometimes I can’t get enough of them and will go through a few bags a week, and other times I can barely stand to eat them. Right now I’m at somewhat of an in between point in the cycle; I don’t crave them but they’re not …

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White Soul Alpine Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) – Plants in my Apartment

Strawberry pez, that’s what White Soul Alpine Strawberries taste like to me. My sister agrees. I’m not quite sure what, but something about the intense strawberry taste and the slight tartness of the tiny berries (which I still haven’t figured out when are ripe) instantly reminds me of a candy I haven’t had in years. …

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Plants in my Apartment

The lemon balm of my youth was a giant. Taller than I was (at the time) and wider than my arm span it was the forest in the corner of our herb garden. My sister and I used its leaves in our pretend kitchen, making delicious smelling “cakes” and “salads” to sever our imaginary friends. …

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Plants in my Apartment – English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Finishing up the profiles of not-edible plants in my apartment is a very not-edible English Ivy. Eating the leaves and berries will cause a toxicosis with symptoms including but not limited to muscular weakness, fever, gastrointestinal upset, difficulty breathing and coma. Seriously, don’t eat this stuff. Also, be careful if you plant it outside. English …

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Plants in my Apartment – African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)

Ah African violets, my first plant love. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t grow them. Something about their fuzzy leaves and spongy blossoms drew me in as a child and I’ve been hooked ever since. I remember very clearly the one of my child hood, which got as big as a dinner plate …

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