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Herbs and other food for the poor, depressed and jobless

Keppie | Apr 21, 2002 12:50 AM

I've been jobless for six months and have decided never to pay for for herbs in Los Angeles again, especially given that they seem to grow wild everywhere.

(That piney looking stuff growing out of the planters strewn throughout that new Grove outdoor mall? Rosemary. I have a mind to just act real casual and clip the hell out of the stuff and then dry it out in my window. And isn't that feathery stuff growing up in Runyan Canyon anise or fennel or some such?)

So why am I yammering on like this? I am a writer, and I figure there are other people who are tired of paying for herbs that their own neighbor can't GIVE away, and I was thinking about writing an article about this topic. Any tips on where to find wild herbs or other goodies growing in public or semi-public places around here? I mean, where I won't get arrested?

As an act of good faith, I'll tell you where I got the seeds for the yellow teardrop tomato plants I'm growing on my sill. There's a yellow teardrop tomato plant growing out of the wall -- don't ask -- facing the 20-20 Video parking lot on Beverly. I took some of the tomatoes and planted the seeds. Very easy to grow. You can soak those seeds in a cocktail of uranium and battery acid and they'll still sprout.

Also a heads-up to anybody living on Curson just north of Beverly. I KNOW that's a fig tree sitting out there on that strip of grass near the street. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that land is the city's. Right? Hope so. Those figs sure look tasty.

Thanks in advance for any advice, and for indulging me.


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