Wild Violets Back for Another Year

Gardening

This photo was taken a little while ago. Now, the plants are bushy and about 1 foot tall!

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When I first started this garden, I was pleased to see the little wild violets survive tilling and re-establish themselves in the new garden bed. I think those plants could survive the end of the world.  They have yummy leaves and little flowers that have sweet-tasting centers, and both parts sometimes go in my salads and other recipes. Euell Gibbons claims they are high in vitamins.

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To ensure that I have wild violets in my garden every year, I leave a minimum of 2/3 the flowers I see. The flowers hide under leaves, so I know I’m leaving more of that. I take a couple flowers and leaves from all over the garden to ensure I don’t wipe out any particular plant. This year, I only made a few salads including violets in hopes of making the plants even stronger and more numerous next year.