Spring is a time for waking up the garden and seeing things come back to life. There is such a deep, vibrant green in the garden like no other time of year. The ground seems to breathe as it is rehydrated with the fresh spring rains. Planting seeds, weeding away that which holds the strong plants back, and letting the dandelions bloom to feed the first waking bees.
It is also time for spring tonic plants to incorporate into salads, and simply eating the bitter leaves of these plants for health after a winter of heavy foods. Cleavers, salad burrette, dandelion leaves, sorrel, and fennel leaves.
It is also time for violets to bloom. I love the vibrant colors and the sweet, perfume aroma that violets emit. Every year I gather flowers and the most vibrant leaves for medicine making. I wilt them, then soak them in olive oil for 6 weeks. I use this oil everyday after a shower under my arms and on breasts for health.