Harvesting and Preserving Herbs

It is time to start harvesting and preserving herbs for a good supply during winter, especially if you love robust soups and stews. Timing If you have not thought of it before, try harvesting according to the moon. Herbs for drying should be picked during a waning moon. During a waning moon the sap moves […]

Basil – summer’s quintessential culinary herb

Basil tops the list of must-grow culinary herbs for summer and it is not hard to find 10 good reasons to grow it! For a start there are at least 10 different varieties of basil and each has something to recommend it. The two top culinary varieties are Sweet basil and Basil “Genovese”. Sweet basil […]

A step in Thyme

Most gardens have a pathway and generally we think of it as being necessary to get us from one area to another. But, what if that pathway was also a fragrant, sensory experience every time we walked along it? A perfumed pathway that is easy to maintain can be created with varieties of creeping thyme. […]

Home Sweet Home With Herbs

At this time of year it is appropriate to reflect that herbs are the most generous of plants, with a cornucopia for gifts for the gardener. Plant a herb garden and you have at your fingertips plants that flavour food, heal common ailments, lift the spirits, help dull hair to shine, keep pets happy, perfume […]

Bon appétit – Artichokes are the gourmet herb for the good life

As a vegetable globe artichokes (Cynarascolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant, the spiky silvery green foliage is striking and unusually beautiful. But as a herb, would you guess that it is one of the most effective and far reaching natural liver tonics that one can grow? The most effective part of […]

Growing your own Healthy Green Salad

It seems like bad timing that just as salad season reaches its peak, the heat makes lettuce bolt. One way of getting round that is to grow the loose leaf or multi-leaf lettuce varieties, from which individual leaves can be harvested. They are less likely to bolt if planted in a cooler part of the […]

Herbs for the festive season

Herbs for the Festive Season During the festive season everything needs to taste – and look – just a little bit more special. For the freshest, nicest and most affordable flavourings and garnishes look no further than the herb garden! Most established herb gardens feature the standard herbs – sage, rosemary, lavender, mint, and thyme. […]

Herbal Happy Hour Drinks

 Herbs for Happy Hour Drinks As summer heats up the idea of a long, cool drink is especially appealing. Herbs with a tropical tang, like pineapple or lemon, are the most popular for flavouring cocktails and coolers. The hint of lemon grass, lemon balm or lemon verbena is particularly refreshing while pineapple sage and pineapple […]

Herbal Hair Rinses

Do we have to use shampoo? No! Shampoo often contains sodium, synthetic fragrances and other harsh chemicals. Instead of using  shampoo and conditioner you can make your own Herbal hair rinse from your kitchen and garden Herbs. For more healthier looking hair replace your shampoo with a herbal rinse once a week. Rose – Chamomile […]

Sweet Basil

Sweet on Basil No other herb quite conjures up the spicy-sweet fragrance of the summer kitchen garden like sweet basil (Ocimumbasilicum). Being a summer annual, it grows quickly and easily from seed but if the cook in the home is impatient for fresh leaves, there is also a plentiful supply of seedlings or individual potted […]