when the heat of summer has most plants drying up, herbs seem to take off and run with it. they thrive in poor soil and can take a bit of neglect and still give you something to work with. parsley, chives and dill are all popular choices for beginning gardeners because they do not require much more than sun and a bit of water. experienced gardeners use them for more than cooking; parsley and dill will attracts swallowtail butterflies and chive blossoms are a favorite choice of honeybees.
but cooks know that the three herbs can be used in more recipes than any of us can count. one of the simplest ways to use them is in a batch of ranch dressing. mix this up and you may never buy another bottle of it! —janeofmanytrade