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 […]

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 […]

Globe Artichokes

Globe artichokes are much more than a gourmet food; they are a powerful detoxing herb too. 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 […]

Calendula

In winter Calendula officinalis rubs shoulders with pansies, petunias, and violas on the seedling rack in garden centres. That’s because they are sold as bedding plants; easy growing, colourful and pickable. Their rightful place is actually on the herb rack. Calendula has serious flower power in its petals! Their key actions, according to herbal references, […]

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Borage in the kitchen

Borage in the kitchen Borage, long known for its medicinal uses and culinary capabilities, is an herb rich in history and tradition. Pliny the Elder, in his works Historia Naturalis, said that borage worked well as an antidepressant, and said it had the ability to “maketh a man merry and joyfull”. Borage is noted for […]

Herbs

Growing Healthy Herbs

Growing healthy herbs To grow herbs successfully , in the garden and in containers , there are three points to attend to: 1. A Sunny position, 2. Well drained, composted soil, 3. Organic fertiliser. The aim of giving the correct growing conditions is to produce a plant that is: • More resistant to fungal diseases […]

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Bloody Sorrel

Bloody Sorrel Aptly named bloody dock for its distinctive red veins, this herbaceous plant originates in the Mediterranean. It is a culinary and pot herb as well as an apothecary’s medicinal. The flowers once mature are used in dried flower arranging. Like other perennial sorrels, it has a tangy, acidic taste that many good cooks […]